Cilantro Lime Cashew Cream (Whole30)

Cilantro Lime Cashew Cream that’s creamy, rich, and decadent. Use this velvety non-dairy cream sauce over tacos, tossed into gluten-free pasta, or eat it with a spoon. 🙂

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How To Make Cashew Cream Sauce

I am so excited to share with you how easy it is to make this cashew cream.

First, add one cup of unsalted, raw cashews to a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. Next, add one cup of boiling hot water. Set aside for 10 minutes. This step will help soften the cashews.

When ready, add the spices, kosher salt, and cilantro to the blender—process on high until a thick and creamy green sauce forms. Enjoy.

Ingredients To Make Cilantro-Lime Cashew Cream

Raw CashewsIs the base for making this sauce extra creamy. The magic happens once it’s been soaked overnight or steamed in hot water for ten minutes.
Boiling Hot WaterAgain, to softened the cashews.
LimeYou will need the juice of two limes and the zest of one lime.
CilantroWill add a nice herby flare.
SpicesThis recipe uses garlic powder, onion powder, and kosher salt—which will season the cashew cream nicely.

How to Enjoy Cilantro Lime Cashew Cream

This sauce is best fresh. Enjoy Cashew Cream as a garnish for tacos, dose this sauce over pasta, marinated chicken, or drizzle over soups.

As I mentioned above, sometimes I enjoy this creamy sauce with a spoon.

How Long Does Cashew Cream Last?

As I mentioned above, this sauce is best served fresh. However, you may store the cashew cream in a jar with a lid and place it in the fridge. I would not recommend enjoying this sauce any longer than three days.

How To Reheat Cashew Cream

I will say it one last time, this sauce is best fresh. However, if you have any leftovers, it’s best to place it in the fridge than to waste it. With that being said, know that this sauce does NOT microwave well. It will turn lumpy and burn.

To reheat, simply pour into a small saucepan and add a splash of boiling hot water—whisking and stirring until smooth and creamy once again.

how to store cashew cream in a jar

Different Add-Ins

Do you like spice? Add a jalapeño for an extra kick.

Do you not like cilantro? Use parsley instead. It will still taste great.

Do you not have lime? Lemon will also work nicely.

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More Cilantro-Loving Recipes to Try

Read the recipe from start to finish. You will better understand the flow of the recipe and identify any unfamiliar words or methods.

Shop for the ingredients beforehand. When you shop ahead, you are less likely to swap out ingredients for what you don’t have, thus creating a complete recipe fail!

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cashew cream

Cilantro Lime Cashew Cream

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: makes a little over a cup
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy, rich, and decadent, Cilantro-Lime Cashew Cream! Use this velvety non-dairy cream sauce over tacos, tossed into gluten-free pastas, or to marinate meats.



  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 1 cup boiling hot water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, packed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or salt to taste


  1. Add one cup of raw cashews to the blender along with boiling hot water, garlic powder, onion powder, and cover the blender with a lid and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. When ready, add the cilantro and blend on high for a minute or so, or until a green thick and creamy sauce forms. 


  • Category: sauces
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cashew cream, cashew cream sauce, cilantro lime cashew cream

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