Vegan Alternatives to Ghee

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I’ve yet to see a “vegan ghee” sold in stores.

That means that you’ll be left either making your own, or using a substitute.

I’ll go over the most common options.

1. Use a Vegan “Butter” Instead

There’s a reason that cooks use ghee instead of regular butter in the first place.

Still, butter is an okay substitute if needed.

There are plenty of vegan butters that you can find in stores. In my experience, the one that seems closest to ghee in terms of taste and quality is Miyoko’s cultured vegan butter.

It’s also one of the few store-bought vegan butters that doesn’t have palm oil, but it is expensive.

2. Use Oil Instead

coconut oil

Ghee is almost entirely fat, so it makes sense to replace it with oil in a pinch.

It won’t have the same nutty flavor, but should help you get close to the right texture.

The most common oils to substitute for ghee are:

  • Coconut oil – The best choice, it has a similar amount of saturated fats to ghee.
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil

Consider adding a few nuts to your sauce if you’d like to get closer to the “right” flavor.

3. Make Your Own Vegan Ghee

There are quite a few vegan ghee recipes like this one.

They’re all based on cooking oils, mostly coconut oil for the reasons above, but involve other ingredients like spices to try and get closer to the taste and texture of ghee.

None of these are perfect substitutes, but in most cases you won’t notice too much of a difference in the end.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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