A vegan grilled cheese sandwich being pulled apart to show the vegan cheese melts and stretches.


Recipe for making vegan cheese that will melt on a vegan grilled cheese sandwich.

Course lunch
Cuisine cheese, gluten free, soy free, vegan
Keyword vegan cheese that melts, vegan grilled cheese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 275 kcal


For vegan cheese that melts:

  • 1 can coconut milk full fat
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp agar agar powder
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp tapioca flour (tapioca starch)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 spray oil on the glass container

For the sandwich:

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For the cheese:

  1. Prepare cheese molds by spraying a glass bowl or container with spray oil or rub any neutral-flavored oil on the molds to prevent sticking. (Recipe will make about 2 cups of cheese).

  2. Pour the can of coconut milk into a saucepan.

  3. Put 1/2 cup of hot water into the empty coconut milk can to melt all the remaining coconut milk that may be stuck to the sides, then add the water to the pan.

  4. Add all remaining ingredients to the saucepan and stir with a whisk.

  5. Turn heat on to medium and stir frequently until it boils.

  6. Turn down the heat until the cheese sauce is just barely boiling and stir constantly for 6 minutes until it is very smooth.

  7. Immediately pour into the prepared cheese molds.

  8. Let it cool with the lid off for about 15 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to firmly set. 

  9. Once the cheese is cooled completely cover and store in the refrigerator in a sealed for up to a week.

For the vegan grilled cheese sandwich:

  1. Butter 1 side of 2 slices of bread.  Place one slice butter side down on the skillet and add sliced cheese and the other slice of bread on top.

  2. Grill over a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and cheese are melted. 

  3. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 600mg26%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.