Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Spruce / Elizabeth Briskin

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
265 Calories
19g Fat
8g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 265
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 388mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 15g
Calcium 391mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A grilled cheese sandwich is an easy lunch for kids and adults. You can make it with vegan cheese if you are eating dairy-free or eliminating animal products.

Making a delicious vegan grilled cheese is dependent on two things—the bread and the vegan cheese. Try a few different brands to find the ones you like best; three are Follow Your Heart, Daiya, and Teese. With Daiya, you have a choice of their Daiya shreds or slices. Another choice that emulates American cheese slices is Earth Island American Style Slices.

Your choice of bread is also important for making a great vegan grilled cheese sandwich. You don't have to use sourdough, as in this recipe. A whole-grain dairy-free bread will add even more texture. Whatever bread you choose, it should be about 1/2 inch thick in order to not dry out when grilled.

This recipe uses olive oil for pan-frying. If you want a buttery flavor, try using a vegan butter instead.


  • 8 ounces vegan cheese (of your choice, shredded or cut into thin slices)
  • 8 slices dairy-free sourdough bread
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (for pan-frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich ingredients

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  2. Place about 2 ounces of dairy-free cheese–shredded or in strips–on top of four of the bread slices.

    Place dairy-free cheese on top of four of the bread slices

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  3. Then top with the remaining four and press the sandwiches together firmly.

    Then top cheese with the remaining four and press the sandwiches together firmly

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  4. Lightly oil a non-stick cooking pan with olive oil, then place it over medium-high heat and add the sandwiches.

    grilled cheese cooking on a skillet

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  5. Cook each sandwich on one side for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown on each side.

    cook grilled cheese on the other side

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  6. To fully melt the vegan cheese, finish by adding 1 tablespoon of water to the pan, cover, and allow to steam for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove sandwiches and serve immediately.

    cooke grilled cheese in a covered skillet

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Try adding:

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Vegan pesto or fresh basil leaves
  • Tempeh bacon
  • Fruit jam (fig, berry, apple, rhubarb, orange marmalade)
  • Thinly sliced apple
  • Onion slices or carmelized grilled onions
  • Arugula, spinach, kale, or other greens
  • Garlic aioli
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Olive tapenade
  • Horseradish sauce (vegan)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Sweet or dill pickles or relish
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Roasted bell peppers (red, green, yellow, or a combination)
  • Pickled peppers
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Canned artichoke hearts (chopped)
  • Broccoli or cauliflower (steamed or roasted, finely chopped)

This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully. Search for any hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or other allergens, if these apply to you).