Icelandic yogurt (skyr) and Greek yogurt are both creamy and delicious. However, there are a few key differences between the two.
You've probably had Greek yogurt, but have you ever tried Icelandic yogurt (also called skyr)?
There are a lot of similarities between the two, but also some key differences!
What is Greek yogurt?
Greek yogurt is a type of yogurt that is made by straining regular yogurt to remove the whey, resulting in a thicker and creamier consistency. Greek yogurt originated in Greece, where it has been a staple food for centuries. It is now widely available in many countries around the world and can be found in most grocery stores and supermarkets.
Popular brands include Chobani, Greek Gods, and my personal favorite, Fage. (Love the 5% milkfat!)
What is Icelandic yogurt?
Icelandic yogurt, also known as skyr, is a dairy product that originated in Iceland. It has gained popularity, and can be found in most grocery stores these days. You can get it in both plain and flavored varieties and in larger tubs and single servings.
Two popular brands are Icelandic Provisions and Siggi's.
What are the differences between Greek and Icelandic yogurt?
Icelandic yogurt, also known as skyr, and Greek yogurt are both popular types of yogurt that offer unique textures and flavors. Here are some of the key differences (and similiarities) between the two.
- Origin: Icelandic yogurt, or skyr, is traditionally from Iceland, while Greek yogurt is from Greece.
- Straining Process: Both Icelandic and Greek yogurts are strained to remove excess whey, which results in a thicker and creamier yogurt. However, the straining process used for skyr is slightly different than that used for Greek yogurt, which results in a slightly different texture.
- Milk Fat Content: Skyr is typically made from non-fat or low-fat milk, while Greek yogurt can be made from a variety of milk fat contents, ranging from non-fat to full-fat.
- Protein Content: Both skyr and Greek yogurt are high in protein, but skyr typically has a slightly higher protein content than Greek yogurt.
- Flavor: Skyr has a slightly tangy flavor, while Greek yogurt has a creamy, slightly sour flavor.
- Texture: Skyr is typically thicker and creamier than Greek yogurt, which has a slightly looser texture. This can depend on the specific brand and fat content of the yogurt you buy though.
- Use in Cooking: Both skyr and Greek yogurt are versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, from breakfast parfaits to savory dips and sauces. However, skyr is often used in traditional Icelandic dishes, while Greek yogurt is commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.
Ways to use Icelandic Yogurt (skyr) and Greek Yogurt
- Breakfast: These yogurts are a great option for breakfast. You can top yogurt with fresh fruit, nuts, and honey for a quick and nutritious breakfast bowl, or use it as a base for smoothies and protein shakes.
- Dips and Sauces: Yogurt can be used as a base for dips and sauces. Mix it with fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon juice for a delicious and healthy dip for veggies or pita chips.
- Baked Goods: Yogurt can be used in baking to add moisture and a tangy flavor to cakes, muffins, and bread. You can substitute some of the butter or oil in a recipe with skyr for a healthier twist.
- Savory Meals: Yogurt can be used in savory meals to add creaminess and tanginess. Use it as a topping for baked potatoes or chili, or mix it with cooked chicken or salmon for a flavorful and healthy salad.
- Desserts: Yogurt can be used in desserts to add creaminess and tanginess without the added calories of heavy cream or sour cream. Use it as a topping for fresh berries, or mix it with honey and vanilla extract for a simple and delicious dessert sauce.
It's also just delicious enjoyed on its own! There are many different flavors of Icelandic yogurt from lemon to lingonberry.
Just like skyr, Greek yogurt is also delicious on it's own. It comes in a wide variety of flavors in single servings and tubs.