how to decrease the fat in recipes

Decreasing Fat in Recipes

stephanieauthement Healthy Eating, In the Kitchen, Nutrition

Cooking with fat – whether it is butter, lard, or oil adds a lot of calories to any recipe.  You can also have added fat from meat depending on the cut or type of meat. An easy way to cut calories in a recipe is to cut the amount of fat. Below are some tips that can help you cut the amount of fat and make food healthier as well.


  • Use lean cuts of meat and trim the fat off that you can see.
  • Remove the skin and fat from poultry.
  • Use white meat poultry instead of dark meat poultry (Use the breast instead of the legs and thighs.)
  • Instead of frying, you can use pan-searing, baking, grilling, or broiling.
  • For ground meat products, use 93/7 or higher. Do not use 80/20 or 70/30 ground meat. No matter what ground meat is used, drain the fat off after cooking.
  • Use ground poultry instead of ground beef.
  • Replace half of the meat in a recipe with vegetables.


  • Replace regular cheese products with low-fat cheese.
  • Instead of whole milk, use skim milk. If you are changing from whole milk to skim milk, start with 2% milk and then go to 1% and finally to skim milk.
  • If you cook skim milk for a long time, it may curdle so it’s important to add milk at the end of cooking and on a low heat.


  • Instead of making a roux (fat and flour), use cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken sauces.
  • Instead of using gravies or thick sauces, use stock or citrus juice. Season with spices and herbs.
  • Replace half the oil in salad dressings with vinegar, lemon juice, or plain low-fat yogurt.


  • Use applesauce or mashed bananas to replace the fat in baked items. Typically, you replace half of the fat with applesauce or mashed bananas. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of fat, use 1/2 cup fat and 1/2 cup applesauce or mashed bananas.