Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (2024)

By Alisa Fleming on Alisa's Favorite Dairy-Free Recipes, Dairy-Free Recipes, Entrees, Pasta

For years, I wanted to perfect a classic dairy-free beef stroganoff recipe. I finally found an excuse when we held our dairy-free sour cream taste test. I was always bothered by the sour cream aspect. I’d made it with cashew sour cream, which we loved, but knew many people would want to use a store-bought option. And I really didn’t know which one was best. Now I have a slew of options to share, and what I think is the best dairy-free stroganoff recipe.

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Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Perfected for Your Kitchen

What is classic beef stroganoff? It is a matter for debate. But most agree that the basic flavor elements in the original recipes were broth, mustard, and some sour cream. A lot of recipes online go a little overboard with the sour cream, and most skip the mustard.

I opted to use Nagi’s version at RecipeTin Eats as a starting point, which had the elements of classic stroganoff, with some flavorful additions. I did make several changes to better suit dairy-free ingredients. Yes, there is a little more to it than just substituting the sour cream! Changes in consistency, richness, and taste have to be factored in. I also have some ingredient notes to help ensure the best results for you.

The Best Dairy-Free Sour Cream for Beef Stroganoff

We tested the five top-selling, most readily available brands of dairy-free sour cream in my classic dairy-free beef stroganoff (seven if you count the two private labels). To be fair, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the first three again in this recipe. And the other two have their merits and loyal fans. But here is what we found.

Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (2)This is the richest of the bunch, and it has a very creamy consistency. It also stirred in perfectly. The flavor is well-balanced, with just enough tang. It melded well with the sauce. My only complaint was that it adds a very light touch of sweetness. But I seemed to be the only one bothered by this.

Kite Hill Dairy Free Sour Cream

Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (3)I loved how easily and seamlessly this blended into the sauce. It has a very creamy finish and provides a gentle richness to the mouthfeel. The taste is good, but a little mild. It could use just a little more tang or depth, but that is easy to compensate for with other ingredients. The optional Worcestershire seems to do the trick in this classic dairy-free beef stroganoff.

Wayfare Organic Dairy Free Sour Cream (also sold under Earth’s Own and Simple Truth labels)

Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (4)It isn’t quite as creamy as the two before it, but still stirs in perfectly and adds a sour cream-like consistency. It received top marks for taste in our dairy-free sour cream taste test, but was edged out slightly in the stroganoff tasting specifically. We were a little split. Some really liked the flavor, some found it just slightly off.

Forager Project Organic Dairy Free Sour Cream

Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (5)This alternative is smooth, and it readily stirs in, but it’s a bit more like yogurt in consistency. The flavor is good, but a little strong. It threatened to overpower some of the other flavors in our classic dairy-free beef stroganoff. It’s still a good option, particularly if you like more tang, or often substitute yogurt for sour cream.

Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Sour Cream Alternative

Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (6)Unfortunately, this sour cream alternative was a little more of a struggle to use. It immediately separated in the sauce and took quite a bit of whisking to get it mostly smooth. It also wasn’t as creamy. The flavor wasn’t bad, but just didn’t meld as well with the sauce. Nevertheless, it could be a good allergy-friendly option.

Homemade Dairy-Free Sour Cream

  • Cashew Sour Cream Recipe: I have used this version to make classic dairy-free beef stroganoff and it was delicious!
  • Tofu Sour Cream: I haven’t used this recipe in stroganoff yet, but it’s a fast and easy substitute that should work in a pinch.

Other Sour Cream Substitutes

  • Dairy-Free Yogurt: It doesn’t have the same richness, but many readers use Forager Plain Unsweetened Yogurt in place of sour cream when making classic dairy-free beef stroganoff. If using a different brand, just be sure to choose a plain, unsweetened variety.
  • Mayonnaise: Is there anything mayo can’t do? Yes, it actually provides richness and tang to sauces! Regular mayo will work best. Vegan mayos will vary in taste and performance by brand.

Choosing Your Meat for Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff

Time and time again, I see boneless ribeye recommended for beef stroganoff. I’m sure it’s fabulous, but it’s also $15 to $25 a pound in my town! I usually opt for New York steaks, because they go on sale often. Other loin and sirloin steaks also work well. You can velvet tougher cuts of meat before cooking, which is very easy to do. Or use ground beef – I won’t judge! I’ve done it before myself, and it makes a delicious Hamburger Helper-style meal. Sliced pork is also a suitable substitute in this recipe.

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Special Diet Notes: Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, and optionally soy-free. Just be sure to choose the pasta, broth, and sour cream alternative (see above) that suit your dietary needs.

For gluten-free dairy-free beef stroganoff, substitute your favorite gluten-free pasta and your favorite all-purpose gluten-free flour blend for sauce. You might need a little more of the flour, depending on how well it thickens. Or, you can grind about 1/2 cup raw cashews into a powder and puree them with the broth before adding. The cashews will help to thicken like flour and add a delicious taste and texture.

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Take a few minutes to prep your ingredients and supplies, and this recipe will come together very quickly. It's wonderful weeknight comfort food. See the post above for ingredient tips.

Author: Alisa Fleming

Recipe type: Entree

Cuisine: Russian

Serves: 6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked pasta (egg noodles, fettuccine, or rotini are great)
  • 1 pound steak, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 5 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon, Spicy Brown, or German mustard
  • ⅔ cup dairy-free sour cream (see post above)
  • Salt, to taste (I use about ¼ teaspoon)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the steak and sear, about 30 seconds to a minute each side. Remove the steak to a plate or bowl using a slotted spoon. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil, and repeat with the second half of the steak.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add another 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and add the onion. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the vegetables to the plate or bowl with the beef using a slotted spoon.
  4. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and the flour to your skillet and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually pour in the broth, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the sour cream alternative and mustard until smooth. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Return the steak and vegetables to the sauce in your skillet, and cook until the steak is cooked through and the sauce is thickened to your liking, about 1 to 3 minutes.
  6. Taste the sauce, and season with the salt and pepper, to taste. If desired, add the Worcestershire. It adds a little boldness and brightness to the sauce.
  7. Divide the cooked pasta between four plates or bowls and top with the sauce, to serve.
  8. If you have leftover sauce, note that it will thicken substantially as it chills. Simply reheat it and it will become perfectly saucy again.

Nutrition Information

Serving size:⅙ recipe Calories:533 Fat:26.3g Saturated fat:7g Carbohydrates:52.6g Sugar:3.4g Sodium:441mg Fiber:3.2g Protein:23g

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Classic Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff Recipe (2024)


What is a good substitute for sour cream in stroganoff? ›

Greek yogurt is a healthy alternative to the traditionally used sour cream in beef stroganoff recipes, so you can be confident that your family is getting a satisfying, healthy meal. Fresh dill and paprika will provide a sweet, slightly smoky garnish to top off the dish.

Does stroganoff contain dairy? ›

Many beef stroganoff recipes are made with cream of mushroom soup, heavy cream, or even cream cheese. This dairy-free and gluten-free beef stroganoff recipe delivers the same richness with beef broth (or dry white wine), and a lightened-up cashew cream.

Can you make beef stroganoff without cream of mushroom soup? ›

Trust me, you won't miss out on anything if you make this beef stroganoff without cream of mushroom soup! Dijon Mustard: I love cooking with mustard and it adds a subtle tanginess from the vinegar. Dijon mustard has a more intense flavor than yellow mustard (plus it doesn't really impact the color of the sauce).

How to add more flavor to beef stroganoff? ›

Quartered mushrooms and a combination of pearl onions and shallots give the finished dish a more interesting texture and flavor. Adding gelatin to the chicken stock gives it more body, letting the sauce come together more tightly to coat the meat and noodles.

What ingredient is the best substitute for sour cream? ›

Yogurt is your best substitute for sour cream. Whether you're baking or making a dip or sauce, yogurt is a 1:1 sub. That means if your recipe calls for 1 cup of sour cream, you can replace it with 1 cup of yogurt. Full-fat Greek or natural yogurts work best, but low-fat or even nonfat can be used, too.

What can I use if I don't have sour cream for a recipe? ›

There are several good dairy options for replacing sour cream, including Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, crème fraîche, and buttermilk.

What is a dairy free version of sour cream? ›

Sour cream is a dairy product made from cream fermented with lactic acid bacteria. Alternatives may include plain yogurt or cottage cheese, and dairy-free alternatives can include soya cream or soaked, blended cashews. Some people may want to substitute sour cream for an alternative.

What sour cream is dairy free? ›

If you are in a pinch, there are vegan sour cream brands like Green Valley, Forager, Kite Hill, and Tofutti that sell vegan, dairy free versions at your local grocery store, Walmart, Amazon, and Target. They also make vegan butters and cream cheese using plant-based ingredients!

What is dairy free sour cream made of? ›

Raw cashews – Cashews are what gives this whole foods sour cream it's creamy texture. If you can't have cashews, you can try using slivered almonds instead. If you absolutely can't have nuts at all, try making a tofu sour cream instead! Or make sour cream from coconut milk.

How to make Hamburger Helper beef stroganoff without milk? ›

  1. 1 pound ground beef.
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped.
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  4. 1 package Hamburger Helper mix.
  5. 2 cups water.
  6. 1 cup chicken broth.
  7. 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  8. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
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What can I use instead of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom? ›

Cream of chicken, celery, broccoli, or potato soup all work well as side dishes for any meal. On the other hand, you can use heavy cream, sour cream, or cream cheese combinations to substitute cream of mushroom soup as an ingredient in a recipe.

How do you thicken beef stroganoff sauce? ›

Cornstarch: Cornstarch is an ingredient that comes in handy if you want your sauce a little thicker. Sour cream: Full-fat sour cream is what we used, but feel free to substitute a lower-fat sour cream if you choose.

What is a substitute for beef broth in stroganoff? ›

Like beef broth, chicken broth is a kitchen staple and makes a good substitute if you are all out of the meaty broth. This savory, salty liquid has a milder flavor than beef broth but is a good one-to-one replacement. Chicken broth also has a similar nutrition profile to beef broth, low in calories and high in sodium.

What cut of beef is best for stroganoff? ›

The best cuts of beef for stroganoff are tender, juicy cuts such as:
  • boneless rib eye – also called scotch fillet (pictured above)
  • boneless sirloin.
  • sirloin steak tips.
  • beef tenderloin.

Does stroganoff contain paprika? ›

Crumble in the stock cube and stir in the paprika and tomato purée. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the beef consommé, mushrooms and mustard. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced by half.

How to make sour cream without sour cream? ›

Just be sure to have enough time on your hands since making DIY sour cream requires a couple of days to make. Here's how to do it: Whisk 1 cup heavy cream with 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar or fresh lemon juice. Let sit 10 minutes, then stir in 1/4 cup whole milk until well combined.

Can Greek yogurt replace sour cream? ›

Full-fat Greek yogurt will offer the closest approximation of sour cream's flavor and texture, and can be used as a one-to-one replacement for sour cream. If you'd like, you can stir some heavy cream into any percentage of Greek yogurt to give it a somewhat richer body and higher fat content.

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in a recipe? ›

In most cases, plain yogurt or Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream—and vice versa. Sour cream will give you a similar texture and tanginess, and swapping sour cream for yogurt is a simple 1-to-1 ratio.

Does beef stroganoff contain sour cream? ›

Stroganoff sauce is a sour cream gravy made with beef broth that's thickened with flour. It's flavoured with mustard and has mushrooms in it. I love the pale brown creamy colour against the deep golden brown seared beef!

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