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!
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5 Minute Homemade Ricotta

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!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Calories: 38cal
Author: Amanda Formaro


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


  • In a microwave safe bowl, stir to combine milk, lemon juice or vinegar, and salt.
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 38cal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 69mg