Labneh - Strained yogurt

Edward Karaa
Ratings (5)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 bowl (3 servings)

Labneh is strained yogurt and has a cheeselike consistency. It makes a great alternative to sour or cream cheese. Spread it on bread, bagels, or fresh pita. It is popular for breakfast in the Middle East.


  • 3 cups yogurt (plain)
  • 1 teaspoon salt​

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt and salt.

  2. Place mixture in the middle of a large cheesecloth. Bring the sides of the cheesecloth together, making a pouch. Tie the "pouch" with string or twist tie.

  3. Hang in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours with a bowl underneath to catch the whey. You can tie the pouch to a rack in the refrigerator and place a bowl on the shelf below to catch.