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a hand spooning easy labneh cheese with olive oil and za'atar spices out of a white bowl on top of a teal towel

Easy Labneh Cheese

  • Author: Whip & Wander
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers & Bites, Sides
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Easy Labneh Cheese is a Middle Eastern yogurt-based cheese that preps in minutes with 3 simple ingredients and a hands-off finish the the fridge.


  • 32oz whole milk Greek yogurt (5% is my preferred choice, may sub lactose-free yogurt for Low-FODMAP)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine Greek Yogurt, lemon juice, and salt with a spoon or spatula until well-mixed.
  2. Nest a sieve over the top of a clean mixing bowl, ensuring that there is atleast 1 inch of space between the bottom of the sieve and the bottom of the mixing bowl. Line the sieve with 4-6 layers of cheesecloth (around 12in x 12in).
  3. Transfer the yogurt mixture to the center of the cheesecloth-lined sieve. Fold the edges of the cheesecloth over to cover the yogurt mixture fully, bring the ends together, and tightly secure with a rubber band or kitchen twine.
  4. Place a heavy plate or can on top of the tied cheesecloth to help weigh it down.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator. Allow to drain for 1-4 days, depending on how thick you would like the end result of your Easy Labneh Cheese to be. A shorter time in the refrigerator will result in a thinner Labneh the consistency of a thick dip. The longer the Labneh drains, the thicker it will become until it reaches the consistency of a very thick cream cheese that you can roll into balls by hand.
  6. When ready to use, discard the whey from the bottom of the mixing bowl (or save for baking).


Nutritional information on Whip & Wander is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 107
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 188 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

Keywords: Labneh Cheese