How to Make Vegan Pie Crust

This vegan pie crust recipe is made from scratch with four ingredients in 10 minutes! The end result is perfectly flaky, crispy and golden.

Every baker seems to have strong opinions on their preferred crust-making method. Don’t let that deter you! You can master a homemade vegan pie crust recipe made without butter or lard. It’s perfect for classic apple pies, festive pumpkin pies, fresh fruit pies and even easy no-bakes.

Butter vs. Shortening

With its rich flavor, butter typically comes to mind when making a pie crust. However, it’s a little temperamental and not as forgiving as shortening. We’re using vegetable shortening in this vegan pie crust recipe because it’s a great dairy-free alternative that yields incredibly tender treats.

Learn the real difference between butter, margarine, shortening and lard.

How to Make a Vegan Pie Crust

I like this traditional pie crust recipe from reader Janet Briggs because it comes together with four simple ingredients.

  • 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water


Step 1: Mix it up

Combine your all-purpose flour and salt together in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter like this ($10) to cut in vegetable shortening until crumbly; stop when the crumbs resemble the size of peas. Add cold water just one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until a ball forms.

Editor’s Tip: You’ll want to make sure you’re measuring flour the right way.

Step 2: Roll it out

Using a rolling pin, roll out pastry to fit a 9-inch or 10-inch pie dish. Transfer to pie dish then trim pastry and flute edges. Want to add a special touch? Use these tips to make a decorative pie crust.

Step 3: Finish and enjoy

Finally, assemble or parbake the pie crust according to your recipe directions. Serve the finished pie with a scoop of vegan ice cream!

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.