Looking for the perfect cool and creamy topping for all of your favorite Mexican recipes? Give our lime crema with Greek yogurt a try! Swapping sour cream for Greek yogurt boosts the nutrition without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Must-Know Culinary Skills
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Culinary Tips for the Tastiest Lime Crema
If your lime is fairly hard, use the heel of your hand to apply pressure and roll it on the counter to get the juices flowing. But don’t press too hard or it will spray juice everywhere! Alternatively, microwave it for 20-30 seconds.
Be careful with the amount of garlic you add to this recipe. Fresh garlic is much more pungent than cooked or dried, so a little goes a long way! It’s better to start with less and then add more to taste.
If you don’t have a ⅛ teaspoon measure, use a ¼ teaspoon and just eyeball half the amount. We encourage cooking to your taste anyway, so exact quantities aren’t essential.
If you want to drizzle the lime crema on recipes like restaurants do, all you need is a simple squirt bottle. If it is a little too thick, add a Tablespoon of milk or milk alternative. Impress your family and friends with your culinary creativity!
- Greek Yogurt: use any fat percentage that fits within your diet. You can also substitute plain yogurt or sour cream. If using sour cream, look for one with minimal ingredients: cream, milk, and cultures.
- Lime: you can substitute lime juice in a bottle, but the flavor won’t be as bright and fresh!
- Garlic: substitute a dash of garlic powder.
- Paprika: substitute taco seasoning or chili powder.
Add 1-2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro to create a lime cilantro crema.
Place all the ingredients in a blender with 1 small avocado to make avocado lime crema.
Want more lime flavor? Zest the lime with a microplane before juicing.
You just need few kitchen tools to put this recipe together:
Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt Lime Crema
The main nutritional star of this recipe is the Greek yogurt, but the lime juice and spices provide benefits as well.
Greek yogurt is a great source of B vitamins, calcium, protein, and probiotics. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, full-fat varieties are okay.
Limes are high in vitamin C and antioxidants which support a healthy immune system. While using only the juice may leave the fiber behind, it can still help fight inflammation and prevent chronic diseases.
Paprika adds flavor and nutrition to this recipe. Using spices decreases the need for salt, which may help reduce hypertension risk and therefore promote heart health. (1) Additionally, spices contain powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body. (2)
This Greek yogurt lime crema is the perfect condiment for all of your favorite Mexican dishes. Serve drizzled over a taco salad or bowl, on top of baked tostadas or tacos, as a dip for quesadillas, or as a Greek yogurt sauce for fish tacos.
Storage Tips for Leftover Crema
Store leftover lime crema in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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Lime Crema with Greek Yogurt
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon minced garlic
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of sugar
- Combine Greek yogurt, lime juice, salt, minced garlic, paprika, and a pinch of sugar in a bowl.
- Use as a topping or dip with your favorite Mexican-inspired foods. Enjoy!