Tangy Labneh Recipe

Labneh, or yogurt cheese and also known as Greek yogurt, is easy to make and enjoy. Use this tangy labneh recipe to learn how to make labneh for your household.

From "Home Cheese Making"
June/July 2008

  • Labneh Recipe
    Making labneh is easy and eating it is even easier! Add whatever flavoring you want such as toasted nuts, chopped fruit or honey.
    Photo by Matthew T. Stallbaumer
  • Labneh Recipe

Yield: 8 to 12 ounces

Learn how to make labneh with this tangy labneh recipe. Traditionally a Middle Eastern dish, labneh has come to be quite popular by another name: Greek yogurt. Our labneh recipe is slightly different than the popular Greek yogurt. In order to make this dish more of a cheese and less of a yogurt we strain the whey out of it. This cheese can then be paired with whatever flavoring you desire, such as honey, fruit or nuts. Read this recipe and start making labneh today!


  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt containing live cultures (store-bought or saved from your last batch)


1. Slowly heat the milk to 180 degrees. 

2. Let it cool to 110 degrees, then add the starter yogurt and mix well. 

3. Keep covered at about 110 degrees for 8 to 12 hours. Letting it sit at this temperature longer results in a thicker, tangier yogurt. (Inexpensive, electric yogurt makers are designed to keep the temperature constant, but you can use an insulated thermos or cooler to do the same thing.)

4. At this point, you should have perfectly delicious plain, tangy yogurt! 

5. To turn your yogurt into delicious cheese, all you do is strain the whey out of it. Line a colander with cheesecloth and let it drain at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours, or until it reaches desired thickness. 

6. Now simply add whatever flavorings you like. Here are a couple simple ideas: toasted nuts, chopped fruit and honey for a sweet treat; or roasted seeds and sautéed garlic, herbs and peppers for a savory cheese. Rely on whatever is fresh and in season. 

Make even more homemade cheeses in the kitchen. Read Easy Cheesy: 4 Super-Simple Cheese Making Recipes.

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