14 Delicious Goat Cheese Substitutes

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The Best Goat Cheese Substitutes

If you love cheese and a great deal like me, you will find your fridge stocked with cheese at almost all times. No matter how many varieties of cheese you stock your fridge with, you will always find yourself tearing your hairs out when two of your friends arrive with baguettes one evening, but you forgot to buy cheese for the perfect party platter. If you are anything like me, then the above scenario is a regular occurrence.

My go to substitute for goat cheese is feta. I always have a block of feta in my fridge, and luckily for me feta goes with almost all of my favorite appetizers, salads, and main courses.

Fromage Blanc

An Unappreciated Cow Cheese Alternative

Fromage Blanc, also known as “Funk cheese, is an unappreciated cow cheese alternative. This soft, creamy, and subtly sweet cheese is often made by monks by adding bacillus and wildflower honey to cow’s milk.

Because of its delicate flavor, Fromage Blanc is often used to top a main course or as an hors d’oeuvre. Commonly served with fruit but can be paired with most vegetarian foods.

Blue Cheese

Goat cheese might not be the first thing you grab in the supermarket when you think about a blue cheese substitution. But if you’re after the white fuzzy mold that’s going to sprinkle on top of your salad, you may not get the exact same taste with this substitute. However, the Gruyere cheese you get when buying in a brick form is pretty close in taste.

Roquefort

Roquefort is a great choice if you’re a cheese lover. This French cheese is made with an addition of mold. Have your baked potatoes or pizza with this one instead.

Maytag Blue

Maytag Blue is a delicious alternative if you’re a cheese fiend. The taste is a little bit different, but similar enough to be a great replacement.

Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola is a more authentic version of the blue cheese it is replacing. While it may not have the same taste as before, it is still something that you will probably enjoy.

Stilton

If you’re trying to be healthy and are looking to up your intake of calcium, Stilton is a great choice. You may need time to get used to the taste difference, but it will be worth it.

Feta Cheese

One of the most popular cheeses that you can use as a substitute for goat cheese is feta. Feta is a cheese that is made from the curds of sheep’s milk. Just like goat cheese, it is fresh and light in taste and can be sliced or cubed; a little feta goes a long way.

If you want to replace fresh goat cheese, feta is a great option. It is crumbly and tastes great in salads, omelettes, and on sandwiches.

Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese is a soft, spreadable cheese with a creamy, slightly grainy texture that is made from whey, a byproduct of cheese-making. It is very simple to prepare and has a fresh, mild flavor. The best ricotta cheese is fresh, made in Italy from cow’s milk, but it is not easy to find.

If you want to substitute ricotta for goat cheese, there is no need to add the milk coagulant, however it’s worth it to find a good quality, unpasteurized ricotta cheese, which you can often find at your local cheese shop or farmers market or make your own.

If you want to substitute ricotta for goat cheese, then tofu is a good alternative for its texture, though it doesn’t work so well for flavor. If it’s the texture you’re after, then try some silken tofu. Though it’s not the flavor of ricotta, it’s an acceptable alternative to ricotta cheese.

Queso Añejo

If you love goat cheese but can't tolerate the lactose, fear not! Queso Añejo is also a great cheese for people who are lactose intolerant because it is aged over a period of two years … which means that a lot of the lactose has passed out of the cheese during that time. (1) As a result, it has a tangy, salty flavor and a creamy texture like a regular goat cheese.

Queso Añejo is a crumbly cheese that's made from pasteurized milk and goat's milk and is also cured for several months. The cheese is first pressed into a wheel and then soaked in an añejo or spirit that has been infused with various herbs like oregano and marjoram. Queso Añejo is traditionally made in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua near the US border.

Queso Añejo can typically be found in groceries that cater to Hispanics or at specialty shops.

Cotija Cheese

Because goat cheese is dense, it will sink in water. This is fine if you’re eating it on its own, but if you’re trying to use it as a substitute in recipes that call for cotija, which is almost always used as a garnish, this will cause a bit of a problem. Cotija is made from cheese curds, and it’s crumbled and salted. As a result, it also adds a tanginess to the overall flavor of a dish, while also making it slightly salty.

You could try using feta as a cotija substitute, but if you do, make sure you crumble it really well. Another alternative would be to make a mixture of parmesan and another hard cheese and add anointed salt.

Cheese Substitution

Lindsay’s note: Since the recipe does not have acidity, you can try adding lemon juice or vinegar. I don’t recommend that you substitute cotija cheese for any other cheese in Hispanic recipes. It’s a unique, salty, and tangy cheese that makes a big difference in the flavor.

Manchego Cheese

Manchego is a semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese that is very popular in Spain. The name comes from the Spanish word “mancebo”, which means bachelor. Back in the day, many young men relied on the cheese for nourishment because it had been aged just long enough to provide them with energy.

If you are unable to find goat cheese, then Manchego makes a great alternative. The taste and texture vary slightly but both would be a delicious substitute for a creamy cheese spread or a goat cheese salad.

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Mascarpone

Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is the closest substitute for goat cheese in terms of texture and taste. While it pairs well with fruit and jam, cream cheese also has some limitations when it’s used in place of goat cheese in the kitchen. It is often a bit firmer and can’t substitute for nearly all cooking purposes.

Queso Fresco

Queso fresco translates to fresh cheese. But, unlike fresh goat cheese, which is mild and a little tangy, Queso fresco is firm and a bit salty. It is primarily known for its use in Mexican food (of course), but it is also used in other cuisines as well.

If you miss the taste and texture of fresh goat cheese and can’t find a specialty shop that can get it to you in a reasonable amount of time, you can substitute jarred queso fresco instead. Most Latin markets will carry this with the rest of the fresh cheeses.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is stored in a bacterial protection media called probiotics which are good for the digestion and the stomach.

Cottage cheese has high levels of protein and calcium. It is also a good source of copper, phosphorus, vitamin B12, and riboflavin that may be hard for your body to get from other sources.

Calcium is required for having a strong and healthy bone structure, which protects you from arthritis and bone fractures. Calcium is an electrolyte that also aids in nerve function. It also makes your hair shiny and helps decrease headaches.

Probiotics, or good bacteria, in cottage cheese may improve the immune system, and fight bacterial infections, chronic yeast infections, and diarrhea. Probiotics can also aid in digestion and lose weight.

Male goat cheeses have a slightly higher fat content than female cheeses.

For males, the fat content in cheese is greater than 45 percent while females have a higher fat content than 45 percent, the difference is very small.

Also, if the goat milk is organic, it will have the highest fat content. If the goat milk is from a feedlot farm then the fat content will be lower.

Camembert

Creamy and delicate Camembert is readily available in most supermarkets. It is the equivalent of Brie although much milder in taste. It is made by the same method, but Camembert tend to be smaller in size. Usually, the supermarket variety weighs around fifteen ounces whereas Brie can go up to twenty.

This soft cheese is literally created from the milk of a herd of sheep in the Normandy region of France. It is the perfect spread to make the simple snack of toasted baguette with honey, or you can spread it on a lettuce leaf with a few slices of red or pink apple.

It can also be partnered with mushrooms and roasted peppers in a delicious vegetarian toastie.

Tofu/Vegan Goat Cheese

I rarely create new recipes. Most of my recipes are simply different combinations of my favorite ingredients, but I had to make an appearance on this list of “goat cheese” because it was just too fun. I had to share it with you!

This is the go-to trick for vegans to replace goat cheese – simply blend firm tofu and your other essential ingredients together. You can also use it in a lot of baking recipes!

The tofu will create a firm texture and mimics the creamy texture of goat cheese. I prefer using Mori-nu extra firm tofu, but you can use any brand.

Paneer

Is a fresh cheese made with milk from water buffalo or cows. It has a springy texture, and it’s usually plain or hot-water-washed to create a soft, fresh, non-briny, non-salty cheese. It varies in texture from light to firm, depending on how much it’s cooked in the process of making it.

It’s an essential ingredient in Indian cuisine and the staple ingredient in many dairy dishes. You can make paneer with whole or low-fat milk, but low-fat milk paneer is most popular. In other parts of the world, paneer is also used as a meat substitute.

Paneer is easily available as you can get it in most supermarkets or stores with a large Indian or Asian products section. Since it’s also readily available, you don’t really have to think about paneer alternatives.

However, if you’re going to use paneer in a dish that requires the cheese to be a bit more soft, you can use ricotta. It is a popular Italian cheese made from sheep, cow, or water buffalo milk. It can also be made from a combination of these. It’s a bit more expensive than paneer, but you can find it easily in most supermarkets or gourmet stores.