How to Make Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce – vegane Cashew-Sahnesauce

Cashew cream sauce is popular among vegan recipes and is really quite easy to make. This creamy sauce is a combination of simple healthy ingredients: cashews, water, and salt. Lemon juice is optional, but we love its tangy flavor so we always add it in. 

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time


Total Time

5 minutes


Makes 1.5 cups


  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water 
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend or process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender or processor.
  2. Adjust ingredients, to taste, if necessary.


  • If you do not have a powerful blender, be sure to soak cashews in water ahead of time for 5 to 8 hours. Alternately, you can boil them in a pot for 10 to 15 minutes. Simply drain and rinse the softened cashews and add them to the recipe. 
  • Add a little less or a little more water to get your cashew cream to the desired consistency.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
  • It will thicken in the refrigerator. If you find it too thick, simply add a little bit of water and stir.
  • Save time by juicing a bunch of lemons ahead of time and freezing the juice in ice cube trays. Each cube is approximately 1 tablespoon.
  • Cashews are expensive, but one cup of cashews will give you one week’s worth of cashew cream.

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10.20.2021 revision update