How to Eat Vegemite: A Guide

Vegemite is a popular Australian spread that has been around for decades. Vegemite is made from brewer’s yeast extract, and the most common way to eat it is on toast or crackers.

Here are how to eat Vegemite:

  • Spread on bread
  • Mix into mashed potato
  • Mixed into pasta sauce
  • Stir into soup and beef stews
  • Add to hot drinks like tea, coffee, or cocoa
  • And many more

With so many ways to eat vegemite, you might be wondering how to do it best! Here are step-by-step guides on how to enjoy vegemite like an Australian

What is Vegemite?

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About Vegemite

Vegemite is a dark brown, salty, and savory spread that has been around since 1923. It’s made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract and various vegetables and spices.

It has a salty taste similar to Marmite – another popular yeast extract spread found in the UK. But it generally tastes saltier than Marmite because vegemite contains more sodium.

Vegemite is commonly eaten on toast or crackers. However, it can also be used as a sandwich topping in casseroles and soups or even stirred into hot beverages like tea!

What does Vegemite taste like?

Vegemite is one of those tastes that is a little hard to describe.

It’s mostly salty flavor, slightly bitter, a bit malty, and has a strong umami flavor. It’s not really like any other substance on earth.

It is also Australian food for children. A Vegemite sandwich is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to an Australian kid, butaste is quite different.

It might taste a bit weird if you didn’t grow up with it. However, if you know how to serve and eat it right, you might come to love it.

How to Eat Vegemite?

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Australians love their Vegemite.

It is said that Australians are known to travel worldwide with at least one small jar of Vegemite in their luggage for fear that they will not be able to find it. 

Spread on bread or crackers (Vegemite Toast)

Typically, Vegemite is lightly spread on toast with butter. The keyword here is “lightly,” as very little goes a long way due to its strong taste.

It also can be spread on toast with cheese slices or avocado or spread on toast.

Here are the steps-by-steps for Vegemite on toast.

  1. Toast your bread. You can get usual the standard white bread or any other bread such as Vienna, sourdough, rye, or dark rye.
  2. Spread some butter or margarine on top of the toast before adding the vegemite
  3. Put your bread in the oven until golden brown (also known as “toasting”)
  4. Remove from oven and put some more butter on if desired
  5. Cut into squares

Mix into mashed potato

You can also mix it into cooked mashed potato or add it to other dishes while they cook.

Here are the steps:

  1. Heat your mash potatoes and add some butter
  2. Add a spoonful of vegemite, mix thoroughly until well blended. Add more as desired!

Use as a sandwich filling.

You can use vegemite in place of another ingredient that is usually used for sandwiches. For example, you might like to try adding it into tuna or egg salad.

Here are the steps:

Spread some butter on both slices of bread and add Vegemite between them (or any other sandwich filling)

Stir into soups and beef stews

You can also add vegemite to soups and beef dishes such as casseroles. It’s perfect for adding some flavor to your meals!

Here are the steps:

Add a couple of spoonfuls of Vegemite when you’re making soup or stew (or any dish that requires cooking)

Add to salad dressing

You can also add some Vegemite to salad dressing. It will give your salads a nice, savory flavor that goes great with veggies and greens!

Here are the steps:

  • Add one teaspoon of vegemite into your usual salad dressing (olive oil-based) or make a new mixture by adding half olive oil and half vegemite
  • Mix well until you get a smooth texture. Add more vegemite as desired!

Dip fruit in it

If you are looking for some new, exciting ways to eat vegemite, try adding it on top of your fruit.

Some people recommend not putting any vegemite on bananas because the taste may overpower them too much. However, there are plenty of other fruits that go well with Vegemite.

Mix into pasta sauce (Vegemite Pasta)

Here are the steps to make Vegemite pasta:

  1. Cook some pasta to your liking. When the pasta is still hot, put some butter and vegemite on it.
  2. Put it in a bowl and add some cheese. Dinner is ready.
  3. You could use butter instead of a non-dairy spread and skip the cheese for a vegan version.

Use in casseroles and soups.

You can also add vegemite to casseroles and soups. This is a great way to bring in some extra flavor into these dishes!

Make a meat pie

Vegemite can be used in pies as well. It tastes delicious with meat, so it is perfect for veggie pies!

Here are the steps:

  • Prepare your pie crust dough and let it sit in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to relax. You can also use some pre-made pastry if you want to speed up the process.
  • Mix some vegemite with finely chopped meat of your choice (such as beef, lamb, or pork). We recommend adding black pepper and salt to taste for extra flavor.

Drizzle over cake

If you are looking for new ways to make your cake more interesting, why not try adding vegemite? It tastes delicious with chocolate!

Here are the steps:

  • Mix brown sugar and Vegemite until it is well blended. Add in two tablespoons of water if needed.
  • Drizzle over a round or square cake and put it in the oven.

Mix into scrambled eggs

Here are the steps to make delicious scrambled eggs with Vegemite:

  • First, heat some butter or oil in a frying pan.
  • Crack an egg into the hot mixture and mix it well so that there is an even distribution of vegemite throughout. Continue cooking until you have your desired consistency for your eggs.

Put onto pizza

If you like the taste of Vegemite and cheese, then this is a great way to make things more interesting by mixing them!

Here are the steps:

  • Spread some butter on a pizza base. Add vegemite as desired (don’t forget that it’s salty!).
  • You can also add tomatoes or other vegetables for extra flavor.

Mix into Vegemite cheese scrolls

Vegemite cheese scroll is a delicious snack that is very popular in Australia. You can make it yourself by mixing Vegemite with cheese and shaping the mixture onto a strip of puff pastry!

Here are the steps:

  • Heat some butter or oil in a frying pan. Add finely chopped veggies (such as onion, garlic) for extra flavor if desired. Mix your Vegemite with cheese and add some black pepper if you want to make it spicier.
  • Take a sheet of puff pastry dough and cut it into long strips, about one inch wide each. Put your mixture on half the strip lengthwise, leaving a small gap at the end for folding over later. Then, fold the other side of the strip over to cover the mixture and seal.
  • Put on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Put in oven at 200 degrees Celsius or 400 Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until it becomes golden brown!

Use as a dipping sauce.

If you are looking for some new ways to eat Vegemite, try dipping it in the sauce! Of course, you can dip bread or crackers into vegemite as well.

Here are the steps:

  • Mix some mayonnaise and black pepper if desired.
  • Add more vegemite as needed until your mixture is salty enough.
  • Put into a bowl and serve with bread or crackers.

Add to hot drinks like tea, coffee, or cocoa (Vegemite Latte)

You can also add Vegemite into your hot beverages. This is a great way to enjoy the taste of Vegemite.

Here are the steps:

  • Start with hot water and add some vegemite extract if you don’t want chunks in your drink.
  • If you like extra flavor, consider adding coffee or tea leaves as well! Add sugar or honey if desired for additional sweetness.
  • Stir until the mixture is well blended.

Vegemite Stock

With all that umami and saltiness, vegemite makes an excellent vegan stock. It adds quite a bit of gut to all sorts of soups and casseroles.

As with all things vegemite, go slow.

  1. Add a teaspoon to ½ cup of boiling water to dissolve
  2. Add that to 4-6 liters of something and let your taste buds guide you.

Vegemite Lettuce & Cheese Rollups

If you want to make something different for lunch, try these vegemite lettuce & cheese rollups!

Start with a piece of iceberg lettuce. Add some Vegemite and shredded cheddar cheese on top. Roll it up like a burrito and enjoy! You can also add mayo or mustard if desired as well as other veggies like avocado.

Vegemite and red miso lamb with eggplant puree

To this Japanese-inspired lamb dish, Vegemite adds a huge umami flavor. This recipe comes from Kiyomi chef Chase Kojima.

Love it or hate it, you can’t get much more Australian than vegemite!

The History of Vegemite

Who did invent Vegemite?

Dr. Cyril Callister worked for Fred Walker & Co., which became Kraft Foods Limited. He came up with a product called Vegemite that was on grocery shelves in 1923.

In 1925, Walker had established the Kraft Walker Cheese Co. as a joint venture company with J.L. Kraft & Bros processed cheese. In 1935 he used the success of Kraft Walker Cheese to promote Vegemite. 

But it wasn’t until 1939 that the product became popular with the public. It also got a lot of attention from Britain’s Medical Association for its high vitamin B content.

This advertising campaign continued until the late 1960s.

What’s in Vegemite?

This thick, dark-colored food is made from a base of leftover yeast extract from beer production.

This salty spread does not have any artificial colors or flavors. Instead, it has salt, a vegetable extract from a plant, barley, malt extract, and vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, and folate.

It’s an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B9.

What is Vegemite Good For?

Nutrition Facts

Vegemite is the Australian version of Marmite. It is a rich source of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate (B1, B2, B3, and B9, respectively).

The low-sodium version, unlike Marmite and other yeast extracts, contains no vitamin B12. Instead, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are provided to the base variant in the low-salt version.

The main component of Vegemite is yeast extract, which has a high amount of glutamic acid, the source of Vegemite’s distinctive savory umami flavor.

Nutritional yeast is a highly nutritious vegan food product with a wide range of potential health benefits. 

Vegemite does not have any animal products in it. It does not have any sugar or fat, but it has gluten. It also has salt, which is 8.6% of the total product weight.

Vegemite Is Nutritious

Vegemite has a distinct flavor that people either love or hate.

It’s also incredibly nutritious.

  • Calories: 11
  • Protein: 1.3 grams
  • Fat: Less than 1 gram
  • Carbs: Less than 1 gram
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 50% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B9 (folate): 50% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 25% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 25% of the RDI
  • Sodium content: 7% of the RDI

Vegemite comes in different flavors. These are the original version, Cheesybite, Reduced Salt, and Blend 17. They all have other nutrients in them.

For example, the Reduced Salt Vegemite has less salt than normal Vegemite. The reduced salt content version also contains vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. The normal version of Vegemite is richer in vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B9.

FAQs

How do you eat Vegemite for beginners?

You can spread vegemite on toast. You can also add it to sandwiches, burgers, and wraps.

How do you eat Vegemite like Aussie?

In Australia, people love adding vegemite to their dishes. If you want to eat it as Australians do, add a generous amount onto toast or bread and spread it evenly for the best flavor.

Why is Vegemite not allowed in the US?

In the US, there are regulations in place that do not allow vegemite to be sold. There’s a great article about this in Smithsonian Magazine if you’re interested!

Why is Vegemite so bad?

Vegemite is not bad for you.

It has a strong taste, and it’s hard to describe the flavor of Vegemite with words! It’s salty, savory, and slightly bitter in many ways. Some people love it while others hate it!

If you’re concerned about sodium in Vegemite, you can get some of the same nutritional benefits by adding yeast flakes to your diet.