11 Awesome Substitutes for Marmite


Wondering what substitutes can be used to replace Marmite? 

Don’t worry! Check out my curated list of the best substitutes for Marmite and how to use them.  

Let’s start!

11 Best Substitutes for Marmite

1. Vegemite

This is an easy, common, and cheap substitute instead of Marmite, especially if you live in Australia.

Vegemite is also made from brewer’s yeast and has an intense salty and umami flavour, kind of like beer without sugar.

This is most often used to enrich the flavour of beef stocks and stews. 

How to Substitute

Vegemite has a stronger flavor than Marmite so you need to make the replacement accordingly.

Here’s how to cook with Vegemite –

2. Miso 

Miso paste is a common flavouring base that is used to make numerous Japanese recipes: right from Ramen broth to dipping sauces.  

This substitute will give your recipe the same umami flavour and saltiness that marmite provides.   

How to Substitute

A small amount of Miso goes a long way. Usually, Miso is mixed with water before adding it to any dish. You can serve it cooked or uncooked but it goes well with bitter and acidic flavors.

Here’s how to cook with Miso-

3. Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast ingredient is infamous in the vegan community because it adds a delicious kind of cheesiness to any recipe without the dairy involved.  

This alternative can add the same umami and salty depth to your recipe without Marmite being involved.  

How to Substitute

Treat Nutritional Yeast like Cheese and use it according to your preference.   

Here’s how to cook with Nutritional Yeast:

4. Bovril

For those of you who have never heard of this before, let me explain exactly what it is and how it’s made. 

This substitute isn’t vegetarian or vegan like the others because it’s basically a thick and salty meat extract.

How to Substitute

A small amount of Bovril can be used in uncooked recipes like as a spread on toast. However, it’s usually mixed with water or milk before adding it to soups and stews for flavor. 

Here’s how to cook with Bovril:

5. Brewer’s Yeast

Considering that this is the raw material that Marmite is made from, Brewer’s Yeast makes for an obvious alternative.    

Brewer’s Yeast adds a kind of umami, almost beer-like flavour to your dishes. It isn’t salty like Marmite, which is why sometimes it can even be used in desserts as well.

How to Substitute

A small amount can go a long way so use it according to packet instructions. Otherwise, the bitter taste might become overpowering.

6. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is very popular. So chances are, you already have this available at your disposal.

Soy sauce has a tangy, salty, and savory flavour that can replace Marmite quite well.

It’s already used ubiquitously to flavour soups and stews, so you won’t even be able to tell the difference.

How to Substitute

Soy sauce is thinner than Marmite but just as flavorful. Be mindful of the sodium content when you use it. If you’re looking for a thicker consistency, go with dark soy sauce. 

Here’s how to cook with Soy Sauce:

7. Promite

Promite is almost exactly like Vegemite but has a few key differences that many people don’t know about. 

It’s made from Brewer’s Yeast and Vegetable extract, but it also contains glucose syrup. This gives Promite a slightly sweeter taste.

How to Substitute

Marmite can be replaced with Promite in a 1:1 ratio, but you may need to add some ingredients to battle the sweetness if it doesn’t suit your recipe.

8. Yeast Extract

This is again a common ingredient that is used to make Marmite and many of the other options listed above.   

Yeast Extract has a unique, bold taste that is quite savory and rich. It’s thinner than Marmite and might not work as a spread.

How to Substitute

Heat the extract over low heat before adding it to your dishes like soups, stews, and baked breads for an extra rich, deliciously cheesy flavor.  

Here’s how to cook with Yeast Extract:

9. Peanut Butter

This is probably the most American option on this list, and chances are, you already have it at your disposal. 

Peanut Butter’s taste is one we’re well accustomed to. It’s sweet and salty in a delicious way that can replace Marmite if you’re not that fond of it.

How to Substitute

Peanut Butter can be used to thicken your soups, stews, and even casseroles. There’s no need to explain how well it works as a spread on toast and crackers as well.  

Here’s how to use Peanut Butter:

10. Beef Extract

This is probably not something that is common in your kitchen, and that’s okay.

Meet extracts don’t come in that handy unless you’re not a huge fan of Marmite.

The beef extract is rich, salty, and gives any recipe a deliciously savory finish

How to Substitute

Since it is an extract, we’re not meant to use more than a small amount of it. 

Here’s how to cook with Beef Extract:

11. Homemade Marmite

If all else fails or you cannot find an option from this list, your best chance will be to try making it at home.   

Just combine together some sourdough, fresh yeast, water, and sugar to make your homemade Marmite. There are tons of recipes available for it.

How to Substitute

Once you’ve made your mixture, it can replace Marmite in equal amounts. 

Here’s how to make Homemade Marmite:


What does Marmite taste like?

There is no definite answer for this as the taste of Marmite is quite unique and needs to be experienced. However, let’s give it a try.

Marmite has a bold salty, savory, cheesy, yeasty, soy sauce-like taste. It also has some vegetable aftertaste to it but only a small hint.

Marmite is one of those things that people either love or hate. So we recommend not relying on these descriptions and giving it a try for yourself.  

Can I use Worcestershire Sauce instead of Marmite?

Yes, you can. Though they’re completely different foods, some of the salty taste can transfer and work well to fill the gap that the unavailability of Marmite leaves in your recipe.

However, since both of these have a very strong flavour, we recommend using a very small amount as you go and gradually altering it to your taste.

This substitution works better when you’re using Marmite instead of Worcestershire Sauce and not the other way around, which is why it is not on this list. However, if you have no other option, you can give this a try.

Is Vegemite better than Marmite?

The answer depends on why you are asking. Vegemite is better for beginners because it has a sweeter, richer, but more subtle taste that is easier to get accustomed to.

However, if you’re looking for mineral content and some health benefits like B12, go with Marmite.

Vegemite doesn’t contain a lot of the minerals that Marmite does, which is why Marmite is preferred in many places.   

Bottom Line

I hope this article has helped you choose the right substitute for Marmite with ease!

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About Jane Lewis

Jane loves spending time with her family, cooking delicious meals, traveling to explore new cultures and wines, and tending to her backyard garden. She's a passionate home cook who enjoys trying out recipes from all over the world.

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