How To Make Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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.

Pair it with a bowl of Vegan Tomato and Barley Vegetable Soup, or whatever soup you desire, or a tossed green salad for a delicious meal.


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


  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich ingredients
  2. Place about 2 ounces of dairy-free cheese–shredded or in strips–on top of 4 of the bread slices.

    Place dairy-free cheese on top of four of the bread slices
  3. Then top with the remaining 4 and press the sandwiches together firmly.

    Then top cheese with the remaining four and press the sandwiches together firmly
  4. Lightly oil a nonstick cooking pan with olive oil, then place it over medium-high heat and add the sandwiches.

    grilled cheese cooking on a skillet
  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
  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
How To Make Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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