Lime Crema

Lime Crema

What Is Crema?

Between sour cream, crème fraîche, and crema – there’s so many variations of a simple cream. But crema is a thick cream that’s rich, tangy, and a staple in Mexican cuisine. You’ll typically find it drizzled over tacos, enchiladas, chicken, or anything you want to add a hint of richness to.

For the most part, traditional Mexican crema is most similar to sour cream. But you can easily use crème fraîche or even yogurt in this recipe.

Lime Crema Ingredients

While traditional crema uses heavy cream and buttermilk, I’m using it’s close relative: sour cream. Here’s a few other ingredients you’ll need to complete this recipe.

Sour Cream: 8 ouncesLime: 1 lime zested and juicedGarlic: 1 garlic clove, mincedSalt: 1/4 teaspoon

How To Make Lime Crema

First, you’ll want to zest the lime and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Then add the sour cream, garlic, and salt. Whisk everything together until it’s combined and creamy.

You can use this sauce immediately or store it in the fridge for about one week. Just make sure to store it covered or in an airtight container.

Tip: If you’d like a slightly thicker consistency, let it sit in the fridge overnight. And by the time you’re ready to serve, it’ll be beautifully thick and creamy.

Ways To Use Lime Crema

My favorite way to use this lime crema is to drizzle it over my shrimp tacos. But, your options don’t end there. You can drizzle over enchiladas, dollop onto grilled chicken, swirl it into soups, or use it as a salad dressing. Here’s a few recipes to try.

Carnitas Burrito BowlTaco SoupCarne Asada Tacos Carnitas TacosChicken Fajitas Steak Fajitas Mexican Chicken Zucchini NoodlesBlack Bean Mexican Pizza

More Easy Sauces

It goes to show that sauces can make all the difference when it comes to adding richness and layers of flavor. So spruce up your meals with a few of these sauces. Trust me, they’ll work wonders.

Teriyaki SauceHollandaise SauceTahini SauceAvocado DressingBasil Pesto Balsamic Reduction

Easy Lime Crema Recipe

5 from 13 votes Prep: 5 minutes Total: 5 minutes Servings: 8 servings Author: Lisa BryanPrintPinReviewSaveSaved


Lime crema is rich and tangy cream that will add a punch of flavor to your meal. Just whisk together 4 simple ingredients and drizzle over tacos, soups, and more!


8 oz sour cream1 lime, juiced and zested1 garlic clove, minced1/4 teaspoon salt


Zest the lime and squeeze the lime juice into a small bowl. Add the sour cream, garlic and salt to the bowl and stir everything together until it’s combined and creamy. Use immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Lisa’s Tips

Each serving is about 2 tablespoons.To easily squeeze the lime crema in tacos or on salads, I transfer it to these plastic squeeze bottles.


Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg Course: dressing, sauce Cuisine: Mexican Keyword: Lime Crema, Lime Crema Sauce, Taco Sauce

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