Can u substitute evaporated milk for milk? (+ 9 alternatives to use)

In this article, we will show you If and how you can substitute evaporated milk for fresh milk, and make mouthwatering recipes without compromising on taste.

Can u substitute evaporated milk for milk?

Yes, you can absolutely substitute evaporated milk for regular/fresh milk. There could be various reasons as to why you want a replacement. Either you do not like the slightly cooked/burnt flavor of this creamy liquid or you want to opt for a low-calorie option or you are lactose tolerant. Evaporated milk is a high protein food so it might not be an appropriate choice for people with health problems.

Read on if you want to know everything about substituting evaporated milk.

What is evaporated milk?

As the name indicates, evaporated milk is made by evaporated about 60% water from fresh milk. Evaporated milk, contrary to regular milk, is a shelf-stable product because heating reduces the water activity and the microbial load of milk, in turn, extending the shelf life of milk.

After heating, the milk is canned, the fat of milk is homogenized and the can is heat sterilized. This way milk can be transported safely to far-off places without spoilage. Additives are added to prevent milk solids from settling down.

What can I use instead of evaporated milk?

There are plenty of replacements for evaporated milk. They can be categorized as dairy and non-dairy alternatives. Many people want to use a non-dairy alternative for their recipes because of either animal/environmental welfare or due to religious concerns. Others opt for non-dairy because of lactose intolerance or have a bad milk allergy.

Fresh milk

Use fresh milk instead of evaporated milk. But fresh milk has a thin consistency and if you want to add a creamy texture to your soup/stoke, use cornflour or cornstarch. If you want to substitute it for a baked good, u can level up the amount of flour and sugar just until you reach the desired thickness.


Cream is a high calorie and rich flavor substitute for evaporated milk. This high-fat substitute adds a lot of texture in terms of richness and creaminess to your desserts, soups, sauces, curry, and puddings. 

Part this Part that

Use part milk and part cream. This high fat and low carb substitute is perfect to make coffee.

Mix powder milk with as much water as you want to get the desired consistency. Powder milk is also made from fresh milk after dehydration and dropping the water content to about 6%.

Soya milk

Soy milk has gained popularity as an apt non-dairy alternative for evaporated milk. This milk not only has a similar composition to dairy milk but also looks the same with slight differences in taste. Use soya milk by evaporating some of the water.

Avoid using if you have a soy allergy or refrain from using products made from genetically engineered crops.

Rice milk

Rice milk has a pleasant sweet taste and is made by soaking and grinding rice with water and filtering the fluid from it. This low fat and low protein alternative can be heated to the desired consistency or add cornflour or cornstarch to it. People with diabetes should go for this option because of its high GI(Glycemic Index) value.

Nut milk

Nut milk extracted from nuts like almonds, cashews, and hazelnut is very popular. Nut milk has lesser calories and low protein content, therefore, good for people who are watching out for weight gain. Heat it to get the desired thickness needed for the recipe. Avoid using if you have a nut allergy.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is an excellent non-dairy alternative. This high calorie and high protein milk made by grinding coconut fruit and is a rich source of minerals and lauric acid which are important for brain health, immunity, and skin.

Oat milk

Oat milk is made by grinding oats with water. This alternative is packed with fiber and beta-glucans which promotes good digestion and fight bad cholesterol.

Flax milk

Flax milk is made by mixing flaxseed oil with water or grinding flaxseeds with water and filtering the residue. This milk is low in calories and contains no protein. This omega 3 fatty-acid rich alternative prevents cardiovascular diseases.

Is evaporated milk the same as condensed milk?

No, these are two different canned products. Evaporated milk doesn’t have any added sugar in it. It tastes sweet because the milk sugar, ‘lactose’, is concentrated through evaporation giving a pronounced flavor.

While condensed milk contains added sugar and longer shelf life than evaporated milk.


In this article, we showed you If and how you can substitute evaporated milk for fresh milk, and make mouthwatering desserts without compromising on taste.


Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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