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5 Easy Vegemite Substitutes: Jazz Up the Recipes

Alright, so we’ve all been in that situation where we’re ready to whip up something tasty and reach for the Vegemite—only to realize we’re completely out. Panic sets in, right? Nah, we’ve got you covered.

Vegemite has its own unique flavor that can be tricky to replace, but don’t worry, we have some awesome substitutes that work just as well. Oh, the memories of our first Vegemite experience…it was like love at first bite.

Whether you’re spreading it on toast or using it in a recipe, these substitutes will make sure you don’t miss a beat.

5 Easy Substitutes for Vegemite

For those who may not be familiar, Vegemite is a dark brown spread made from yeast extract and various spices. It’s salty, slightly bitter, and has an umami flavor that can be quite addictive. If you have never tried it before, we highly recommend giving it a go (just be prepared for the strong flavor!). But if you’re out of Vegemite or just want to try something new, here are five easy substitutes:

1 – Marmite

One of our fave alternatives to Vegemite is Marmite. Marmite is incredibly similar in taste.

It’s salty and savory with a hint of sweetness. The flavor profile is intense, just like Vegemite.

Though it’s slightly more bitter, it offers that same umami punch. We love spreading Marmite on buttered toast.

Marmite also works great in recipes that call for a strong, savory boost.

Check out our full list of Marmite substitutes if you’re looking for more ideas.

2 – Nutritional Yeast

When it comes to stepping up our flavor game, nutritional yeast is the way to go. It’s nutty, cheesy, and has a slightly savory kick. This makes it a perfect substitute for Vegemite in dishes.

We find it amazing on popcorn or sprinkled over pasta. Unlike Vegemite, it’s not as salty, which can be a bonus if you’re watching your sodium intake.

Nutritional yeast adds a burst of umami without overpowering the dish. If you’re in a pinch, consider it a versatile go-to. Also, check out nutritional yeast substitutes for more options.

Give it a shot and see how it amps up your meals.

3 – Bovril

Bovril is another great replacement for Vegemite. It’s beefy, salty, and has a rich umami flavor. We find it to be a bit meatier than Vegemite, which can add a unique twist to dishes.

We’ve used it in soups and stews to enhance the taste. It’s got a stronger beef flavor, similar to a hearty broth. It pairs well with savory dishes and can be spread on toast for a tasty snack.

The consistency is similar to Vegemite, so it works well as a spread. If you’re looking for a robust, beefy flavor, Bovril is a solid choice.

4 – Promite

Promite is another excellent Vegemite substitute. It’s got a smoother, milder flavor. This makes it a hit with those who might find Vegemite too strong.

It’s a bit sweeter than its counterparts. We love its rich, savory depth. Promite spreads easily on toast.

We also use it in sauces for a robust flavor. It’s less intense, which is great for beginners. Promite pairs well with cheese and crackers.

For us, Promite balances sweetness and saltiness perfectly. Give it a try and see what you think.

5 – Soy Sauce

It’s time to swap in soy sauce! It’s salty, savory, and has a deep umami flavor. Perfect for those who like Vegemite’s boldness.

Soy sauce is liquid, not spreadable. That’s a key difference. You’ll want to use it for cooking rather than on toast.

It brings an alluring umami hit to dishes. Ideal for stir-fries and marinades. Soy sauce can be a bit salty, so use it sparingly at first.

Wondering about other options? Check our list of soy sauce substitutes.