Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

This vegan scalloped potatoes recipe is creamy, savory, and delicious in all the right ways. If you love easy vegan cheesy potatoes, this will be your favorite recipe! It’s a delicious side dish for your favorite meals.

Serve this vegan side dish with some Vegan Chicken or this Vegan Meatloaf for a completely plant-based, easy, homestyle meal.

A wooden spatula holds a serving of vegan scalloped potatoes over the rest of the casserole dish.

I grew up in a house where scalloped potatoes were made on the regular, especially for big family dinners. It’s easy to make scalloped potatoes vegan and I love that it’s also an affordable dish. Scalloped potatoes feature layers of thinly-sliced potatoes baked in a creamy, cheesy sauce. It’s why everyone loves it so much!

Truth be told, these vegan scalloped potatoes are not much different than this Cauliflower Gratin. It’s the same concept, just different ingredients. The same could be said for Vegan Green Bean Casserole, as well.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using vegan butter makes the special potato sauce creamy, buttery, and delicious
  • Thinly sliced onions bake between layers of potatoes, infusing flavor in every bite
  • Adding vegan cheddar shreds to the sauce adds cheesy flavor and homestyle appeal

What You’ll Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegan butter — I used Earth Balance, but any non-dairy margarine or vegan butter would work here.
  • Flour — I used whole wheat pastry flour (different than whole wheat flour), or you can substitute all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour.
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Plant-based milk — Any plain, unsweetened (not vanilla flavored) plant-based milk works. My preference is soy milk because of its high protein content that most resembles dairy milk. You can also use cashew milk.
  • Vegan cheddar shreds — We most often use either Follow Your Heart or Daiya cheddar shreds.
  • Potatoes — You’ll need around 2 pounds of potatoes, either Red, Russet, or Yukon Gold. I prefer red potatoes because the potatoes are tender when baked but still firm. The Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes have a higher starch content and will be more tender (which can be nice).
  • Onion — I use a yellow onion because they become sweeter as they cook.

How to Make Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Melt vegan butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until it’s combined. Stir in salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in the plant-based milk to create a gravy-like sauce. If your sauce has lumps, simply transfer to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
  3. Stir in vegan cheddar shreds until melted. 
  4. Place 1/3 of the potato slices in a baking pan. Top with 1/3 of the sliced onions and 1/3 of the cream sauce. Repeat until all the potatoes, onions, and sauce is used. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Cover with foil and bake in a heated oven for 50 minutes.
  6. Use tongs to remove foil and bake for 10 minutes, until the edges turn a golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe is. Here are more detailed steps to make this vegan potato casserole.

Step One: Create the Vegan Sauce

To create the sauce, heat the vegan butter over medium heat in a small saucepan until melted, about 30 seconds. Add the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between. The goal is to create a thick sauce. Add salt and pepper and then stir to combine.

A hand pours flour over melted vegan butter in a sauce pan.

Add the plant-based milk, a little at a time, stirring in between each addition. This will create a gravy-like sauce. If your sauce has lumps, simply transfer it to a food processor or blender and pulse it until it’s nice and smooth.

When the sauce is done, remove it from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the vegan cheddar shreds.

Step Two: Layering Potatoes and Onions

We’ll build this potato casserole in layers. Here’s how to do it:

  • Bottom Layer — Distribute 1/3 of the potato slices in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top this with 1/3 of the sliced onions. Drizzle 1/3 of the cream sauce evenly across the top.
  • Middle Layer — Repeat the layers.
  • Top Layer — Repeat the layers, finishing with the sauce and topping it all with the remaining cheddar shreds.
A red potato sits on a cutting board next to a butcher's knife. Several thin slices of potatoes sits next to it.

Step Three: Bake

Cover the dish with foil to encourage the sauce to form and to coax the vegan cheese into melting. Place it in the preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes. Use tongs to remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the edges turn a golden brown.

When it’s done, remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Melting Vegan Cheese

Covering the top of the casserole dish with foil for the beginning part of the bake helps the vegan cheese melt.

Then use tongs to remove the foil to get the golden crust on the top of the casserole.

Storage Tips

To store, allow scalloped potatoes to come to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. These will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Looking down on a casserole dish full of vegan scalloped potatoes sitting on a grey kitchen towel.

Marly’s Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make these vegan scalloped potatoes perfect every time:

  • For thinly-sliced potatoes, cut them into 1/8″ thick slices
  • To chop potatoes, wash and scrub them and leave the skins on. Then cut about 1/4 to 1/2 inch off each end, then begin slicing.
  • Regarding onions, some people like them more than others. This recipe calls for using 1/3 of a medium-sized onion. You can use an entire onion, thinly sliced, but I find 1/3 gives plenty of onion flavor without overwhelming the picky ones (you know who I’m talking about!)
  • You can use canned coconut milk in place of plant-based milk. Coconut milk scalloped potatoes are very creamy!
  • Salt is one of those flavors that is very taste-dependent. There is salt in the vegan butter, the cheese, and we’re adding 1/2 teaspoon to the sauce. Let eaters add more to their individual servings if they so choose.

Why are They Called Scalloped Potatoes?

One reason it’s referred to as scalloped potatoes may be the look of the dish and the scalloped effect of the potatoes layer next to each other, similar to the scalloped, ornamental edges in a blouse. This definition of the difference between scalloped and au gratin potatoes indicates that the lines between scalloped and au gratin potatoes have been blurred.

Do You Have to Peel Potatoes for Scalloped Potatoes?

Although it may be traditional to peel potatoes for scalloped potatoes, you don’t have to. In fact, there’s a lot of fiber and nutrients in the potato peel and it doesn’t distract from the flavor at all. Simply wash the potatoes and slice and you’re ready to go!

A hand holds a wooden spatula full of cheesy potatoes.

More Vegan Potato Recipes

A hand holds a wooden spatula full of cheesy potatoes.

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Make these tasty Vegan Scalloped Potatoes with a creamy, savory cheese sauce to serve as a side dish with your favorite meatless meals.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 169kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 6 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups plant-based milk (plain, unsweetened, not vanilla flavored)
  • ¾ cup vegan cheddar shreds separated
  • 2 pounds red potatoes thinly sliced
  • medium yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×9 inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray or a thin coating of olive oil.
  • Heat the vegan butter over medium heat in a small saucepan until melted, about 30 seconds. Add the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between. The goal is to create a thick sauce. Add salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Add the plant-based milk, a little at a time, stirring in between. This should create a gravy-like sauce. If your sauce has lumps, simply transfer to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add ½ cup vegan cheddar shreds. Stir until melted.
  • Place ⅓ of the potato slices in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with ⅓ of the sliced onions. Pour ⅓ of the cream sauce evenly over the top of the potatoes and onions. Repeat until all the potatoes, onions, and sauce is used. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake in a heated oven for 50 minutes. Use tongs to remove foil and bake for 10 minutes, until the edges turn a golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  • To store, allow scalloped potatoes to come to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. These will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Notes

Potatoes. I used red potatoes in this recipe, but you can also use either russet potatoes (white potatoes) or Yukon Gold potatoes. Each of these has good starch content to add to the creamy sauce. You can even use a mixture of potatoes as well.
Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

That’s it for these vegan scalloped potatoes. Enjoy!

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new text in 2020.

12 Responses to Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie Reply

    5 stars
    This is my favorite potato recipe. Thanks!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyArti Reply

    What is the best kind of vegan cheese or one you would recommend for this dish?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Arti! When it comes to vegan cheddar, we oftentimes will use Daiya cheddar shreds or Follow Your Heart cheddar shreds. Daiya also sells a cheddar block that you have to great, but I find it melts better as a result. I believe they add an ingredient to the shreds products (for non vegan cheeses too) that makes the shreds not stick together. I think this is why it doesn’t always melt as nicely. But it still has great flavor and given enough temperature it will melt. If you want something besides cheddar, I find the Field Roast Chao to be absolutely delicious (although a bit pricey). I hope this helps!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDurgaRanii Reply

    Can i not use foil and just put in the oven???

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi there Durga. Yes, you can put it straight in the oven without foil. I find foil helps the potatoes cook through a little more evenly and it also helps the cheese melt. However, you don’t have to use foil.

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLinda Steinhart Reply

    Can you use baking potatoes instead of red?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Linda! Yes, you can use russet potatoes. They work great in this recipe because they have a good amount of starch will helps to create the creamy sauce. I’ll add this to the notes section. Thanks!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySharing crunchy Reply

    Superb recipe. Good job!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRenee Reply

    Thank you! Any suggestions on how to make this gluten free?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Sure. I haven’t tried this yet, but you could use an all-purpose gluten-free flour. I would use the ones for baking because I believe they have thickening agents in them. Hope this helps!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPassade Reply

    This recipe got great reviews from our family! Will make again. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      5 stars
      So glad you liked this vegan scalloped potatoes recipe!

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