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How To Make Vegetarian Umami Paste - Easy Recipe

Alice T Breeze
By Alice T Breeze. Updated: April 27, 2021
How To Make Vegetarian Umami Paste - Easy Recipe
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You may already know about the fifth taste, Umami is the latest craze to give your dishes that extra deliciousness. Though you can find it in many shops ready made, there are brands that are not vegan friendly or veggie-friendly, as they contain Parmesan, anchovies or so on. This is why for many the best option is to make your own paste at home to accompany your soups, stews and sandwiches. This is why, at OneHowTo we'd like to show you an easy recipe to make vegetarian umami paste.

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Steps to follow:


Making vegetarian umami paste is fairly easy. We just need to substitute anchovies for other umami ingredients such as olives. Though there are many ingredients you can add to your umami paste, we advise you to try this one, it tastes delicious!


The first thing you'll need to do to make umami paste is to get the porcini mushrooms and hydrate them. You can also blend them on their own so they create a fine dust that you will later add to the paste.

How To Make Vegetarian Umami Paste - Easy Recipe - Step 2

When the mushrooms are soft, chop them as thin as you can.

No matter how you did the mushrooms, when you have followed these steps it's time to add all of the ingredients in a tall container so you can blend them until you get a thick paste.

If you want vegan umami paste, then don't add the Parmesan cheese, it will taste just as nice! You can also substitute the soya sauce with a teaspoonful of miso paste.


Put the resulting paste in a glass container with a top so you can store it properly in the fridge for a maximum of two weeks and use it whenever you like.

How To Make Vegetarian Umami Paste - Easy Recipe - Step 4

One of the recommendations we'd like to give you is to add this vegetarian umami paste to give your roasted veggies some extra taste. This paste goes wonderfully with breaded eggplant or zucchini tempura.

If you want some other vegetarian umami options we advise you to read our article on how to make pickled eggplant.

How To Make Vegetarian Umami Paste - Easy Recipe - Step 5

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  • If you need to store it for a longer period of time, you can pour your umami paste in ice cubes and freeze it. It will keep for several months.
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Felicitas Passmore
Sorry, "1/4 olive oil" misses the unit.
OneHowTo Editor

Thanks for pointing this out. It should have been ‘cup’ and has now been fixed.
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