Easy crème fraîche BBQ dip recipe

Living in Scotland means that I’ve had to wait until mid-July for my first BBQ of the year. When it arrived, the allotment was in full bloom and potatoes, berries and herbs were ready to be harvested. On the BBQ menu: chicken-filled cemita rolls, a potato salad with spring onions, a rhubarb and blackcurrant crumble with vanilla ice cream and this super tasty herb dip which improve will any BBQ, no matter what you are planning to serve. Try this BBQ dip recipe at your next al fresco dining opportunity, it’s versatile and goes with all grilled meats, sliced vegetables or simply with bread.

Crème fraîche BBQ dip
Crème fraîche BBQ dip – without turmeric

Quick crème fraîche BBQ dip recipe

This is another one of my mum’s recipes which I enhanced by adding a few teaspoons of turmeric – it gives the dip a beautiful light yellow colour (great for brightening up the table when the sun isn’t out for your BBQ…). This BBQ dip recipe with crème fraîche and curd cheese has always been a staple at family barbecues at home, it’s easy and quick to put together.

Turmeric dip
Turmeric dip


  • 250g crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 250g curd cheese (I used Łowicz Twarog Full Fat curd cheese)
  • 50g natural yoghurt or buttermilk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 handfuls mixed fresh herbs (chives, parsley, oregano, thyme, fennel), finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make the BBQ dip

  1. Combine the crème fraîche (or sour cream) with the curd cheese and natural yoghurt (or buttermilk) and whisk for a minute to mix well, for an even and smooth texture
  2. Add the garlic, shallots, herbs and lemon juice and mix well
  3. Add the turmeric if using
  4. Season to taste
  5. Spoon into a decorative bowl and keep covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve