When we talk about feta cheese you know we’re talking about one of the most popular cheeses in the world. It’s been around for decades. Made from the Greeks, Gods from the ancient age, this god-like product is used worldwide and it’s become so necessary among almost every single household – being the reason why we’re writing this article.
The situation might be next – you might love or hate feta cheese. It doesn’t matter. But, you love the meal that has feta cheese as one of the ingredients. And what to do now? If you don’t like feta cheese, that means you don’t have it near you. If you like it, maybe you ran out of stocks just before you wanted to prepare the meal. And now you’re looking for solutions for your dish to work out.
Since feta cheese is so versatile and the cheese world has a lot of other cheeses to offer, you can easily find a perfect substitution for this matter. With that being said, let’s dive in the list of some of the best feta cheese substitutions and let’s find out which one works the best for a specific situation. This list is pretty subjective – which means that something that works for us might not work for you.
And there is a story to back up this claim. When we were young, our fathers always ate every single meal with a red pepper which adds to the spiciness. And we were amazed why would he do that since it kind of takes the pleasure of taste. He told us that when we grow up, we’ll understand. Now that we are all grown up, we still don’t understand. And our dads are again eating every single meal with hot pepper as a side dish. The moral of the story – something that works for us, maybe won’t work for you.
And that’s the catch. It’s all about testing and trying new things. If you believe there’s a better feta substitute out there than any other mentioned on the list – go ahead and try it! We also encourage you to try every single product on the list indicated below as that way you’ll discover new cheeses, and maybe you’ll keep an eye on some of them. So that later on, you can contact us, and propose new substitutions of feta cheese to us, so that we can expand this list with more amazing combinations.
If you never heard of Queso Fresco, that’s okay. It’s pretty uncommon to find it in other countries. This Mexican cheese is very similar to feta cheese. They share the same structure and have very similar taste. And no, it isn’t spicy as opposed to all products that come from Mexico.
It’s made from raw milk which is precisely why it’s called “fresh” cheese. Remember when we said you couldn’t find it in every country in the world? If you manage to see it, beware. Its taste varies from state to state because of the quality regulations. So, if you tasted real Mexican Queso Fresco, you might be disappointed when you try the one from let’s say Europe.
Apart from that, if you hit the one that resembles the real thing (which in most cases will happen) you’ll get a perfect feta cheese substitution which has a pretty similar texture, taste and smell.
Many sites list ricotta as the best substitution for feta cheese. Now whether that’s right or not, you need to buy it and test it. But according to everyone, if you take it, you probably won’t go wrong. You can find it pretty much anywhere, and the texture is similar to feta.
The taste isn’t, though. Ricotta is a bit sweeter whereas fetta is kind of salty and slightly bitter.
But, if you ask us (and any other Redditer), ricotta is probably the perfect pick when it comes to feta cheese substitutions. Ricotta can even be frozen, and here is how you should do it. Oh, one more thing. It’s pretty much way less expensive than the feta cheese, which is excellent since you can get more out of it that way. And who doesn’t want to spend a little less money and get similar if not a better experience?
Halloumi is probably the most versatile on this list. It comes from the same makers as feta cheese – the Greeks. It is similar to feta in every way. Apart from let’s say, Queso Fresco, which is a great substitute, but that’s much sweeter than feta, Halloumi is a semi-chewable cheese (like feta), with the same texture as feta, and it’s salty (like feta!). You get the point. It’s pretty much the younger brother of our cheese.
And it’s versatile. Meaning you can put it anywhere—salads, side dishes, meat and so on. You can even grill or barbecue it. You can add mint to it or if you’re into spicy tastes – chilli.
And the best thing about it is the fact that it’s available almost everywhere. Since it resembles the feta cheese so much, it’s not so hard to make and therefore, you can find it on shelves in nearly every single store in the world.
Halloumi also lasts for quite some time. Unpacked halloumi can stay in the fridge for approximately one year. However, if you open it, it will last for more than a few weeks. So, keep that in mind if you want to create something in a hurry, and you left some extra halloumi cheese outside when you finish your meal.
Ah, the mozzarella. The necessary ingredient of every quality pizza or Italian sandwich. Its texture is a bit different from the star of our show, the feta cheese. It can easily be sliced by knife whereas feta is a bit crumbly by nature.
Mozzarella is made from water buffalo’s milk. It’s great since it adds a specific taste to it. But, since these water buffalos are incredibly rare and live in selected countries such as Italy, the production of mozzarella has changed to cow’s milk which makes it available to more markets in the world.
Now, don’t get us wrong; the mozzarella from cow milk is still great. But, if you can get your hands on the real deal, the one made from the buffalo’s milk, you’ll see how good it is. We can pretty much say that there isn’t a similar cheese out there. Such cheese often comes with a high price, but when you taste it, you’ll realize it’s worth it. The rhapsody of tastes you’ll get in your mouth is out of this world, and you’ll stay loyal to this cheese after that forever.
Now back to the connection between mozzarella and feta cheese. Even though they don’t share a similar texture, what they share is the ability to be very versatile and the fact that you can add mozzarella to every dish where you can add feta cheese. So, if you like soft cheese that isn’t crumbly mozzarella is for you. If you don’t like something like that, you should still try it, and you’ll see why mozzarella is one of the best cheeses in the world (together with feta cheese).
If you don’t tolerate lactose, tofu might be the best alternative to feta cheese. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t have any animal milk inside it, which makes it perfect for vegan diets. Tofu is overall a very healthy product since it has almost zero fat to it which is why it has a place in almost every healthy food out there.
Tofu is made by curdling raw soya milk and solidifying it into solid blocks. It’s tasteless and serves as a sponge. How you may ask? It absorbs the flavours of other products that you combine it with and enhances their taste. It’s also proven that tofu cheese reduces bad cholesterol which is another great aspect of this fantastic product.
You can buy tofu individually or in packages. It needs to stay in the refrigerator to keep freshness so you really shouldn’t pull it out every second and leave it outside.
Usually, feta is made of 30% goat’s milk so it doesn’t come as a surprise if you would use goat cheese as an alternative to feta cheese.
Goat cheese has a somewhat weird texture. When you take it out of the box, it has a mild grassy flavour. It has a soft feel which can be spread on crackers or bread easily. However, if you leave it unattended in the air, the cheese changes. It becomes more hard and crumbly, chalky in texture.
The goat cheese comes in various tastes. It can be strong, weak or medium. It all depends on cheese to cheese and from the maker of this product.
One thing to mention is that goat cheese dries out when you leave it outside for too long. So, try to avoid that. You should always wrap it with plastic wrap or put it in a zip-style bag just to keep it fresh and watery.
Last but not least, there’s a gorgonzola. It comes from the family of blue cheeses, and it’s made from unskimmed cow’s milk which makes it unique on this list.
This Italian cheese has a crumbly texture, and its taste is quite salty – which resembles feta cheese a lot.
The taste depends on the maturity of the gorgonzola cheese, though. The younger one is sold as Gorgonzola Dolce and the more aged one as Gorgonzola Picante. Both of them are great, but their taste is different up to that point that you wouldn’t even think they are two of the same cheeses just of varying age.
Gorgonzola goes well with pizza, pasta or salads which are the same products feta cheese is famous for.
Gorgonzola is best used a few days after you buy it and it’s best served at room temperature.
And there you have it—a well-detailed guide to feta cheese alternatives. You can see that many of these cheeses are a story of their own and some of them have almost nothing to do with feta cheese even though they can work out as a substitution. And that’s what it’s all about. If you want to substitute something, it doesn’t always have to mean that you need to use similar products. This list shows that you can use different types of cheese that have no connections to one another.
Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll find the cheese which works out for you and who knows, you might stop using feta once you try others on the list.