For homemade ricotta in 5 minutes, you'll need a microwave, some milk, lemon, and salt. Don't worry about the hassle of a thermometer and cheesecloth!

5 Minute Homemade Ricotta

Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Calories: 38 kcal
Author: Live Eat Learn
Did you know you can make your own ricotta cheese at home without all the hassle of a thermometer and cheesecloth? You just need a microwave, some milk, lemon, and salt to make this 5 Minute Homemade Ricotta!


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, stir to combine milk, lemon juice or vinegar, and salt.
  2. Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes. When milk is bubbling at the edges and you can see the milk has curdled, remove from the microwave. If milk doesn’t curdle, add another tablespoon of lemon or vinegar and microwave for another 30 seconds,
  3. Set two layers of paper towels in a wire mesh sieve, and set over a large bowl. Gently pour the milk mixture into the sieve to strain out the liquid.
  4. You can let your ricotta strain up to 1 hour. The longer it sits, the firmer your ricotta will be, though I like it fresh and warm.
Nutrition Facts
5 Minute Homemade Ricotta
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 38 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 316mg 13%
Potassium 88mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.