Vegan Cheese in Under 15 Minutes
Updated: Sep 13
By Savini Gauri
This 7 ingredients Vegan Cheese is as good as dairy cheese. It's easy to make and you'll love its taste.
I have been on a hunt for the perfect Vegan Cheese for a very long time. Most ready-to-eat options you find in the stores have this chalky mouthfeel that I don't like. So after a million recipe tests and trials, and an equal number of taste tests, I have finally zeroed down on the perfect Vegan Cheese recipe that requires minimal effort and preparation, limited ingredients, and no fancy cheesecloth or tools.
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Just because you practice a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle, you don't have to miss out on the goodness of cheese.
Here's why you'll love this cheese:
It's quick and easy. You only need 7 ingredients and less than 15 minutes. Using simple tools, this cheese can be made by beginners and experts alike.
It's versatile. You can spread it with a knife, grate it, or even melt it. Once you try this recipe, you may even start preferring it over regular dairy cheese (I know I do!) I personally love spreading it on my Flax and Sesame Crisps.
And most importantly....it tastes amazingly good.
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When you opt for a vegan lifestyle or even simply go off dairy products. One of the most difficult things to give up is CHEESE. Especially on pizzas, pasta, tacos, and stuff like that. So with this Vegan Cheese Recipe, I bring to you a cheese option that requires minimal time and effort. Also, it is a foolproof recipe with almost no room for disaster.
This Vegan Cheese is made of 7 ingredients (including seasonings and water). So it's basically five ingredients and can be made in less than 15 minutes. What else does one want?
Cashew Nuts - No particular type, as long as they are peeled
Nutritional Yeast - It gives the cheese its cheeesyyyy flavor
Tapioca Starch - The starchiness comes from the starch. So don't skip it.
Garlic Powder - optional, though it adds a nice umami flavor
Water - Use room temperature water to ensure the cheese comes out smooth
See? Simple ingredients! Nothing fancy or difficult to pronounce.
My recipe is pretty easy and direct.
Prep the cashew nuts. It starts by boiling the cashew nuts in some water. Drain the water and let it cool down.
Prepare the cheese mixture. Put the cashew nuts along with all the other ingredients into the blender or food processor. Mix until it becomes a smooth liquid. Then, pass it through a sieve to ensure it is nice and smooth.
Cook the cheese. Pour this silky-smooth mixture into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Then we cook it on medium heat while continuously stirring it using a silicone spatula. In 2-3 minutes you will notice that the mixture will start turning thick and slightly chunky. Then it will come together as one piece.
Finish it off. Take it off the heat and transfer it into any heat-safe bowl. Nicely cover the surface with some plastic wrap and refrigerate. Voila!
You've got perfect vegan cheese. and believe it or not, it really is that simple and straightforward a recipe.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Cook on low heat.
Dont skip any ingredients.
Serve it fresh. When this cheese is fresh and hot, dip nachos in it and enjoy the cheese like a dip.
Does Vegan Cheese Melt?
Absolutely! If you put this cheese on a pizza and bake it in the oven, the starch in it melts making it all stringy and gooey.
How does Vegan Cheese Taste?
It tastes very similar to dairy cheese, if not better. The initial step of boiling the cashew for a few minutes helps get rid of the raw taste and makes it very similar to dairy cheese. You can always play around with the flavors by adding herbs, spices, and seasonings.
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #cookwithsavini on Instagram so we can see. Cheers, friends!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed testing and tasting it!
How should I store this Vegan Cheese?
In case you don't plan to use it immediately, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. This dairy-free cheese keeps well in a closed air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Does this Vegan Cheese melt?
Yes. And unbelievably so. This cheese changes consistency as its temperature changes. When fresh and hot it's soft and stringy. Then as it cools down the cheese becomes ideal to great on pizzas and pasta. Then it melts beautifully when heated in the oven or pan.
Does this vegan cheese taste like the ones you buy in supermarkets?
Not at all. It tastes much better than the store-bought ones. Most packaged vegan cheese tastes like chalky cardboard. But this recipe gives you fresh and stringy cheese with the same taste and texture like cheese made with dairy.
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