Collection of common vegan and vegetarian substitutes. Here is an exhaustive list of ingredients that you can use in place of meat, eggs and dairy in your recipes. This will be your fool proof reference whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or just want to replace meat due to unavailability or for health reasons. Check it out and take your pick!
Whether or not you are a vegetarian or vegan, how many times you have started with a recipe and found yourself in short of meat, eggs or even milk? So a list of alternatives never hurt right. On that note let us get into the common vegan and vegetarian substitutes.
As a food blogger one of the most repeated question I get from my readers in the recent times is ” what would be the vegan substitute for xxx ingredient in your recipe?”. So I thought it was about time to make out a list.
I am a vegetarian since birth and I have always looked out for egg replacements in baking and sometimes vegetarian replacements for meat in an otherwise interesting curry recipe. Over the years I have found these substitutes that work like charm and there has been no looking back. I hope you will find these vegan substitutions helpful as well. Here is a full collection of over 100 vegan recipes you might like.
Now these vegetarian and vegan substitutes are no way a compromise in taste and flavor. Also most of these are something you can easily find in your kitchen or available easily in local stores.
Common Vegan and Vegetarian Substitutes List
Whenever you wish to substitute another ingredient for egg in baking you will have to take the volume of eggs into account. Here are few ingredients you can use in place of eggs in your cakes, cookies, puddings, brownies, omelettes French toast, etc.
Apple sauce– it is one of the most common ingredient used for eggs in cakes. 4 tablespoons of apple sauce for one egg is what I have successfully tried in many recipes. Just make sure to use unsweetened apple sauce or adjust sugar in the recipe.
Yogurt- Another common egg substitute widely used in baking is yogurt or curd. 1/4 cup yogurt for 1 egg. Vegans can easily use any vegan yogurt like peanut or cashew yogurt. Here is a brownie recipe with yogurt
Flax egg- This is my another personal favorite and nutritious as well. Mix 3 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon flax seed powder. Mi well and beat slightly to get a foamy texture that resembles eggs. Use in the recipe. Check out this banana walnut bread using flax egg.
Chickpea flour– Chickpea flour or besan is a wonderful replacement for whole eggs in recipes like french toast, omelettes etc. Check out this vegan savory french toast that tastes amazing.
Scrambled tofu or paneer- If you are looking for substitutes for scrambled eggs scrambled tofu (vegan) or paneer(vegetarian) is an excellent option. You can use it any recipe that calls for scrambled eggs.
Aquafaba- The chickpea brine or water left behind the cooked chickpeas behaves exactly like egg whites. This is super popular now as vegan substitute for egg whites in making meringue, macrons and even mayonnaise.
Oil– Oil is by and far the most common and easy substitute for butter in most recipes. Be it in curries or bakng you can safely use oil in place of butter. Go for neutral favored oil in baking. Here is a vanilla muffin recipe with oil
Depending on the texture of the meat you can use any of the below mentioned ingredients instead of meat
- Tofu or paneer
- Potatoes (many of my friends and I use potatoes in biryani recipe)
- Textured soy protein
- Raw jackfruit
- Cashew cheese
- nutritional yeast
Some more common substitutes
honey- sugar syrup, agave, maple syrup
Dairy cream– cashew cream, non dairy cream from stores
Sour cream- Plain vegan yogurt
Gelatin- agar agar or china grass
So that’s it, my list of vegan and vegetarian ingredients you can swap for meat or eggs. So what did I miss, please let me know in the comments 🙂