Skip to Content

30 Easy Vegan Sauces

These simple Vegan Sauces are a perfect way to take bland meals to a whole new level. Whether you’re looking for creamy, cheesy, peanutty, sweet, or tangy, we’ve got it all covered here.

vegan sauce recipes photo collage

Best of all, these sauces are completely oil-free and lower in fat than their traditional counterparts because we are using only wholesome ingredients.

What sauces are vegan?

There are a number of well-known seasoning sauces that are vegan which most of us use regularly like soy sauce, vinegar, and ketchup. But, sometimes dishes just need a little more pizazz than that. That’s where these delicious healthy sauces can really make a meal special.

Be careful with some sauces that seem innocent enough but are not actually vegan like regular Worcestershire which has anchovies. Thankfully, there is a vegan version, but you do need to read the labels carefully.

overhead shot of bowl of asian sweet ginger sauce
Sweet Ginger Sesame Sauce

Types of healthy sauces

Whether you’re looking for a peanut dipping sauce for deliciously colorful Spring Rolls or Collard Green Wraps or possibly a Creamy Alfredo Sauce for pasta, you’ll find everything needed in this list.

There are even plenty of stir-fry sauces included for those Stir-Fry Recipes that the family will love so much.

overhead of peanut sauce on platter surrounded by spring rolls
Peanut Sauce in 10-Minutes

Here’s the short list of vegan sauces, and you can scroll down to the full list with photos and descriptions to see all 30+ of them that are available. I’ve just broken a few of them down into categories here to give an idea of the variety.

Creamy sauces

Creamy sauces are perfect for so many dishes and can be quite versatile like a dollop of sour cream on a piping hot baked potato. There’s a lot more in the long list at the bottom of the page.

mashed potatoes and gravy being poured over
Brown Gravy

Savory sauces

Savory sauces can be used in many different ways, and I have many more than just these three below. So, scroll on down until you see the photos of each one.

Tangy sauces

Tangy doesn’t always mean salad dressings. It can even be lime sauce to serve with fruit or cake. I have plenty more at the bottom of the page.

jar of vegan caramel with apple slice dipped in
Vegan Caramel Sauce

Sweet sauces

Sweet sauce could even include lightly sweet ones like ketchup and marinara for spaghetti, so I’ve made sure to list those in the big list below with photos.

Salad dressings

Healthy salad dressings can be used as dips as well as on salads. That’s why I have included a few here, as well as at the bottom of the page.

Marinades & Stir-Fry sauces

Talk about versatility! These sauces can be used as marinades or even in stir-fries. The three here are only to whet your appetite because there are lots more below.

colorful red and yellow bowl filled with sweet potato cheese sauce
Sweet Potato Cheese

Cheesy sauces

Nothing says warm and creamy like vegan cheese sauces, so I have added a few of my favorites to this list. They are perfect for making pizza, nachos, tacos, and more!

Want to turn those meals into masterpieces? Whether it’s basic rice, rice bowls, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, or anything else, we’ve got a vegan sauce for that!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.

Easy Vegan Sauces

We've got alfredo sauce, bbq sauce, peanut sauce, stir fry sauce, and every kind of sauce you could need on this list. Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

If you try this recipe, please let us know how you like it by rating it and leaving a comment. We love to hear from you!

close up of vegan fettuccine alfredo on gold spoon with wooden handle

Easy Vegan Alfredo Sauce in 10-Minutes

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This cashew-based vegan alfredo sauce has a rich creamy flavor that is delicious on pasta, baked potatoes, and even roasted vegetables. Amazingly, it can be made in only 10-minutes flat!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 cup plant milk such as almond
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspooon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch or other thickener
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

Vitamix Method

  1. If using this method, there is no need to soak the cashews first. Simply place all of the ingredients into your Vitamix blender (or another powerful blender) and allow it to blend and cook the sauce at the same time. Gradually turn it up to the highest setting, and allow it to blend and cook to thicken this sauce. It will need to blend for approximately 2-minutes to thicken up.

Blender & Stovetop Method

  1. Most likely if your blender isn’t high powered, you’ll need to soak the cashews in warm water for about 30 minutes or more to soften them up. This will help the sauce be nice and creamy.
  2. After soaking, drain the water and add all of the sauce ingredients to a blender and process until nice and smooth.
  3. Then transfer the blender contents to a saucepan and cook on the stovetop on medium-high heat for approximately 5-minutes until it has thickened up to the desired consistency.

See more cooking tips above. Serve this sauce over pasta, baked potatoes, or roasted veggies. It even makes a nice white pizza sauce.

Notes

Detailed instructions,in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above. Be sure to check out the video as well.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.

Did you make this recipe?

Please rate and leave a comment because I love hearing from you. Remember SHARING IS CARING!

plant based meal delivery service collage for mamasezz and eatplantbased terri
Vegan Plant Based Starter Kit
Plant-Based Starter Kits $27
vegan sauce recipes photo collage for pinterest

Olwyn

Friday 19th of March 2021

Thank you for this compilation of sauce recipes - this is the biggest issue for me in the whole plant food lifestyle. Having them all here in one spot will make meal prep easier. Thank you so much! I appreciate all the ingredient information you give on your blog as well.

Terri Edwards

Friday 19th of March 2021

Hi Olwyn- Sauces are really important in my kitchen too. They add so much flavor and are very versatile. I'm glad you're finding this list helpful.

Skip to Recipe