homemade creme fraiche in a tulip shaped orange bowl

Easy Homemade Crème Fraiche

It sounds fancy, but this two-ingredient recipe is easy as can be and a great substitute for sour cream.

Course condiments
Cuisine French
Keyword how to make creme fraiche, what is creme fraiche
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Resting time 12 hours
Servings 16
Calories 52 kcal
Author Kris Bordessa


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk


  1. Combine heavy cream and buttermilk in a jar. If you use a canning jar, the measurements on the side of the jar make it easy!

    hand holding an empty Ball canning jar
  2. Use a rubberband to secure a thin piece of cloth over the jar.

    canning jar covered with a striped red cloth, held on with a rubberband
  3. Let mixture sit at room temperature until thickened to your liking, 8-24 hours.

  4. Stir creme fraiche and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe Notes

Serve creme fraiche over tacos or stir some into this creamy pumpkin soup.

Note: To be clear, there is no COOKING involved with this recipe, but the recipe card feature I use here isn't allowing me to leave that space blank. :/