Sauces, Dressings, Dips & Condiments
- 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