Spicy vegan grilled cheese with scallions, chili crisp oil and garlic butter. This scallion chili crisp grill cheese is crispy, spicy and bold in flavour.

I love the combination of spicy and melty cheese which is why Kimchi Grilled Cheese is one of my favourite combos! After running out of kimchi the other day, though and craving grilled cheese I figured chili oil would be the perfect swap and holy moly friends, this combination is wildly delicious. I also added some scallions for an additional touch of flavour.

As kids, my mom used to slice our grilled cheese into ‘sticks’ for a snack since we loved to dip our grilled cheese into ketchup (don’t yuck it till ya tried it 😂), so I did something similar because I did find it a tad too spicy for myself.

It’s the perfect combination! Hot spicy melty grilled cheese with a touch of cold sweet ketchup… SO GOOD.

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Scallion Chili Crisp Grill Cheese

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  • 2 slices of your favourite bread (I used sourdough)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 g) vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 g) vegan kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 roasted garlic clove (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/23/4 cup vegan cheese shreds OR 4-5 tbsp vegan melty cheese
  • 23 tsp chili crisp
  • 1 scallion, sliced


  1. Mix the micro grated garlic with vegan butter. Spread the garlic butter on one side for both pieces of bread. Place one slice on a non stick pan over medium low heat, butter side down. Spread a thick layer of melty vegan cheese and then drizzle on chili sauce of choice (the amount will depend on how spicy you like it, experiment!). Add a generous amount of scallions and then place the second slice of bread on top. 
  2. Let it grill until toasted and beautifully golden brown (about 3-4 minutes). I like to cook it until I see a nice char (almost burnt). Carefully flip the grilled cheese and continue to cook (about 2 minutes). 
  3. When you reach a toasty golden brown, remove from the pan. Slice, serve with ketchup (if desired) and enjoy!


  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).


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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. I love a sandwich with crunch and this is the best way to bring crunch to your grilled cheese, hands down. Loved it, it was perfect. I think I’ll go make another.

  2. On a lonely night I pulled out the sourdough and whipped up this deliciousness. I have died and gone to heaven. It’s soooo good especially with the chili!

  3. This sandwich was amazing!! I used chili oil instead of chili crisp, and a blend of Daiya and Chao vegan cheese. I will definitely be making this again.

  4. I recently found Lisa’s IG and boy am I in love! This amazing take on the grilled cheese sandwich was a hit with my tastebuds, who knew vegetarian food can be so creative and delicious!