Lard Substitute

Lard. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    1 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    1 min
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Making an old-fashioned recipe that calls for lard, and want to substitute it for something else? Here's how to do that successfully:


  •  Butter


Butter is the best substitute for lard, but you can't just replace one with the other. Since lard contains 100% fat, and butter contains around 80% fat, you need to add more butter to get the fat content right. (It's what's responsible for making pie crusts so flaky).

After crunching the numbers, that means you need to replace one cup of lard with 1-1/4 cup of butter. And if you just do that extra bit of measuring, your recipe should come out as close to the original as possible.

Need more or less than a cup for your recipe?

For 1/2 cup of lard, use 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons of butter

For 1/4 cup of lard, use 1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon of butter

More Substitutes For Old-Fashioned Ingredients:

The following ingredients show up frequently in old recipes. Here's what to use, if you don't have them on hand.

Still Need Help Modernizing Grandma's Recipe?

Refer to this old recipe conversion chart for help. It'll show you just how much is in a pinch, as well as what temperature Grandma intended when she said to stick those cookies in a hot oven.

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