A vegan must-have, nutritional yeast flakes are a nutty, slightly cheesy-flavoured delight which are also rich in B vitamins. Not to be confused with brewer’s yeast or yeast extract. Engevita yeast flakes are currently available only from health food shops. However, the product can be bought online at most of the stores we list elsewhere in this guide and also on Amazon and E-bay!
What is it used for?
- Sprinkling on pasta dishes, soup or just about anything.
- Making cheesy sauces
- Cranberry sauce and jelly: nearly always vegan. Many brands!
- Engevita: nutritional yeast flakes. See below!
- Mustard: Dijon, English, French and Wholegrain have different flavours and are all useful for making sauces and vinaigrettes – the mellower Dijon in particular. Mustard is nearly always vegan but check for honey, whey etc. Lidl and most supermarkets sell lovely and cheap Dijon!
- Soya sauce: always vegan. Go for best brand eg a shoyu or tamari type - Sanchi, Kikoman, Clearspring, Essential all good brands. Tamari is gluten-free also
- Teriyaki sauce: eg Sanchi; Clearspring
This is not a full list, just a handful of what is available. Basically, every brand – including supermarkets –
sells some sauces that are vegan-friendly. For reasons of space we haven’t listed every company – but
their websites will help – and if not, try customer services.
Nearly all their range is vegan and is widely available, in both supermarkets and health food shops/online.
Sauces include: Freefrom Creamy Mushroom & White Wine; Free-from Creamy Sundried Tomato; Organic Tomato & Mushroom Pasta Sauce; Organic Tomato & Olive Pasta Sauce; Free-from Green Pesto; Free-from Green Thai Sauce.
Asda: Sausage Casserole Cooking Sauce
Avoid oyster sauce and also watch out for added dairy, honey in some brands.
- Asda: Black Bean and Chilli Stir-fry; Chow Mein Stir-fry; Plum and Ginger
Stir-fry; Szechuan Stir-fry; Extra Special Hoisin Blue Dragon (jars): Hoi Sin;
Black Bean; Sweet & Sour; Sweet Chilli; Szechuan Tomato; Chinese Mushroom & Garlic;
Sweet Soy & Roasted Red Chilli
- Blue Dragon (sachets): Sweet & Sour; Peking Lemon; Szechuan Tomato; Hoi Sin & Garlic
- Blue Dragon (jars)
- Co-op: Black Bean Cook-in
- Kum Kee Vegetarian Stir Fry Sauce - veggie/vegan equivalent of oyster sauce! Find in Oriental stores
- Tesco: Black Bean & Roasted Garlic Stir-fry; Finest Tamarind, Fresh Lime & Chilli Stir-fry; Limited Edition Szechuan Stir-fry; Chinese Style Barbecue Stir-fry; Singapore Style Stir-fry
Avoid dairy products (cream, butter, yoghurt, milk etc) in some sauces and pastes like Tikka Masala and Korma.
- Asda: Jalfrezi; Madras; Rogan Josh; Vindaloo; Extra Special Balti
- Geo: several flavours, eg Bhuna, Madras, Korma etc. However, website not clear about which ones are vegan though most of this company's range is OK. So read labels!
- Loyd Grossman: Balti; Jalfrezi; Bhuna; Dopiaza
- Patak’s: their lactic acid is vegan, so several pastes and sauces in their range are suitable
- Patak’s (cooking sauces): Balti; Jalfrezi; Madras; Rogan Josh; Vindaloo; Creamy Coconut & Peanut; Creamy Coconut & Pineapple Cooking Sauce; Oven Bake Biryani Sauce; Tomato & Cumin
- Patak’s (pastes): Bhuna; Bombay Potato Curry Paste; Biryani; Madras; Mild Curry; Rogan Josh; Tikka; Tikka Masala; Vindaloo
- Sainsbury’s Cooking Sauces: Balti; Jalfrezi; Madras; Bhuna; Rogan Josh; Vindaloo
Most Italian tomato-based sauces are fine for vegans but check for added marscapone,
cream or other dairy products.
- Asda: Bolognese Pasta; Spicy Tomato Pasta; Tomato & Chunky Vegetable Pasta;
Tomato & Garlic Pasta; Tomato & Olive Stirthrough Pasta;
Extra Special Sundried Tomato & Garlic Pasta Sauce
- Co-op: Healthier Choice Tomato & Herb Pasta Sauce; Hot & Spicy Pasta Sauce
- Loyd Grossman: Tomato & Basil; Tomato & Roast Garlic; Tomato & Chilli;
Tomato & Sweet Red Pepper; Primavera
- Seggiano: Cream of Zucchini; Tomato Sugo Pasta Sauce; Raw Pesto
- Tesco Fresh: Arrabbiata; Tomato & Basil; Cherry Tomato; Chargrilled Vegetable
- Waitrose: Chargrilled Vegetable with Olives
Check no added fish or bonito (fish flakes)
- Blue Dragon: Teriyaki Stir-fry Sauce
- Tesco: Teriyaki Stir-fry; Tesco Finest Japanese Style Stir Fry Sauce
Most are fine but check there is no added cheese or cream.
- Co-op: Hot Chilli Cook-in
- Discovery: Fajita; Enchilada
- Loyd Grossman: Chilli; Fiery Chilli
Many Thai sauces and pastes contain fish/shrimp sauce so always read the labels.
However there is a growing number that are vegan friendly!
Asda: Green Thai Curry; Red Thai Curry; Organic Green Thai Curry Cooking Sauce
Biona: Thai Style Organic Curry Paste
Geo: Red, Yellow and Green Thai Curry pastes
M&S: Red Thai Curry Paste; Green Thai Curry Paste
Sainsbury's: Free-from Thai Green Curry Cooking Sauce
Thai Taste: Red Curry Paste; Green Curry Paste; Chilli & Holy Basil Stir Fry Sauce; Soy & Garlic Stir Fry Sauce; Satay Peanut Sauce. Their Thai curry kits - green and red - are also vegan. Most of their range is OK but a handful of products contain fish sauce. FFI check Thai Taste
Blue Dragon: Thai Chilli; Hot Chilli; Sweet Chilli – available everywhere
Sharwoods: Plum Sauce – available everywhere
Sweet Mandarin: Sweet & Sour; Barbecue; Sweet Chilli – available on Sainsbury’s free-from shelves and Selfridges
- Hummus: available everywhere – supermarkets, health food shops and delis. It is nearly always vegan
but honey is added to some brands of Moroccan hummus
- Salsa: fresh tomato salsa and salsa in jars is usually vegan
- Guacamole: most supermarket versions contain cream (except for Sainsbury's BGTY)
so make your own in a minute. Mash up 1-2 ‘ready to eat’ avocados with a fork, add a little
crushed garlic plus lime juice and salt to taste. Result!
- Other dips: other bean dips or avocado/tahini are available and very good. Baba Ganoush
usually contains yoghurt, sadly but is easy to make at home.
Asda: Onion Gravy Granules; Vegetable Gravy Granules; Extra Special Onion Gravy
Bisto: Gravy Granules Favourite; Gravy Granules Favourite Reduced Salt; Onion Granules
Kallo: Just Bouillon Vegetable Gravy Granules
Tesco: Everyday Value Gravy Granules; Vegetable Gravy Granules
Sainsbury’s: Gravy Granules for Vegetarian Dishes
V-Bites: Cheatin' Instant Gravy Powder
See salad dressings below
Vegan pesto uses nuts (and sometimes nutritional yeast) instead of cheese.
- Biona: Organic Green Pesto
- Meridian: Free From Green Pesto
- Sacla: Char-Grilled Aubergine Pesto
- Seggiano: Raw Basil Pesto Genovese; Red Pesto Sauce;
Cime de Rapa (turnip top greens!) – not cheap but some of the best pesto
we’ve ever tasted - the Raw Basil Pesto is divine
- Suma: Organic Vegan Green and Red
- Zest: Organic Vegan Basil Pesto; Coriander, Basil & Hazelnut Pesto-Style Sauce
Pickle and chutney
Many pickles are vegan by nature – just check the labels. There are lots of them about in
every supermarket and shop, from ‘modern’ pickles to ethnic (mango etc) to the more
traditional like Branston’s/Ploughman's and piccalilli. We don’t have room for them all
so here are a few favourites. The main thing to watch out for is lactic acid, some of which is vegan, some not.
- Branston: Yes! Own-brand Branston equivalents would be Ploughman or Sweet Pickle – check product labels
- Patak’s: lovely things to eat with your curry. Brinjal (aubergine) is a favourite but there are plenty more,
as well as the ubiquitous mango
- Sainsbury’s: Red Onion Chutney; Piccalilli and many more
- Tesco: Spicy Lime Pickle; Spicy Mango Chutney; Mango Chutney; Finest Mango Chutney; Discounter Mango Chutney
Many of the ranges listed include a standard mayonnaise plus flavoured varieties
- Mayola (Granovita brand): sold in health food shops and Tesco
- Plamil: health food shops and other – from a dedicated
vegan company – Plain; Garlic; Tarragon and Chilli
- Solesse: Asda
- Tiger Tiger: Sainsbury’s
- Granovita: Salad Cream
This isn’t a comprehensive list. However, many types of vinaigrette are intrinsically vegan – just keep an eye out for added honey and such.
- Asda: Good For You Italian-style; Good For You Lemon & Black Pepper
- Newman’s Own: Lighten Up Balsamic; Lighten Up French
- Kraft: Light Balsamic; Light Italian
- Sainsbury’s: Be Good to Yourself French Style
- Tesco: Light Choices Balsamic
- Waitrose: French; Italian; Alphonso Mango, Chilli & Pineapple; Essentials Vinaigrette
- Brown sauce: and fruity brown sauce of all brands is almost always vegan.
- Oyster sauce: whether it says 'oyster' or 'oyster flavoured' it will always be fishy!
Try the alternative: Lee Kum Kee Vegetarian Stir-fry Sauce, from Oriental stores. Or add a
good pinch or two of nori flakes to a little soya sauce - or make our simple five minute recipe
- Tomato sauce/ketchup: usually vegan – Heinz, Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc are fine.
Just check there is no added milk, dried milk or whey
- Worcester sauce: Life or Biona (mainstream brands contain fish – anchovy)
- BBQ sauce: usually fine but always check