Making Vegan Corned Beef at Home is Surprisingly Easy

Vegan corned beef is perfect for a quick and easy meal and making it at home is surprisingly easy.

If you can boil a pan of water and throw some spices into the pot you’re pretty much good to go!

Whether you want to enjoy a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish without any animal products or you just want to make a vegan version.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Vegan Corned Beef Made of?

Corned beef is a type of cured meat that is traditionally made from beef.

The term “corned” comes from the large grains of salt that are used to cure the meat. Corned beef is often served as part of a traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day.

Vegan corned beef is a vegan version of the traditional dish.

It is made with seitan, which is boiled in water with spices like caraway, allspice, mustard seed, bay leaf and peppercorns.

The Best Recipe for Vegan Corned Beef (in Just 5 Steps)

vegan corned beef plate

Looking for a vegan version of the traditional corned beef dish? Look no further than this recipe.

  1. Place your seitan in boiling water with the spices.
    1. Caraway: 1/2 tsp ground
    2. Allspice: 2 tsp
    3. Mustard Seeds: 1 tsp
    4. Bay leaf: 1
    5. Peppercorns: 1 tsp
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil for ten minutes before letting it simmer for another two hours on low heat
  3. After this time has passed, remove the seitan from the pot and place in a bowl of cold water for five minutes to cool.
  4. Drain off excess water in order to get your perfectly firm seitan that will be the star of your dish.
  5. Now it’s time to slice your seitan. Use a sharp knife to cut it into thin strips that will resemble traditional corned beef.

Got your corned beef done and now need some tasty sides?

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13 Tasty Ways To Enjoy Your Corned Beef

Vegan corned beef sandwich

Vegan corned beef is a delicious and hearty dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Here’s some simple tips for enjoying yours:

  1. Serve it sliced on a sandwich with vegan mayo and vegan cheese
  2. Put it in a vegan Reuben sandwich (we recommend with vegan Thousand Island dressing, vegan cheese and sauerkraut)
  3. Serve it diced up in a vegan potato salad or vegan coleslaw
  4. Fry it up and put it on top of a vegan burger
  5. Serve it cold on a sandwich
  6. Heat it up and serve it with potatoes and carrots
  7. Serve it as part of a vegan breakfast hash
  8. Include it for your vegan potluck!
  9. Serve with vegan mashed potatoes and vegan gravy for a traditional Irish meal – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
  10. Add to a vegan breakfast scramble with onions, peppers, tomatoes and vegan cheese.
  11. Stuff into a wrap with avocado, lettuce and tomato for a healthy and filling lunch.
  12. Try serving it with vegan sauerkraut, vegan coleslaw or vegan rye bread for a complete meal.
  13. Make vegan pastrami sandwiches.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless! No matter how you choose to enjoy it, it’s sure to be a hit!

More Awesome Plant Powered Corned Beef Recipes

Vegan Corned Beef Filipino Style

Vegan Corned Beef Filipino Style

Did you know it’s possible to veganize the traditional Filipino breakfast – a corned beef dish called “pinasugba”?

This recipe from Jeeca at The Foodie Takes Flight is our fave.

It’s made using rehydrated soy curls for the “beef” soaked in broth coloured with a mix of beet and atsuete or annatto powder, and sautéed with onions, and potatoes.

Slow-Cooker Vegan Corned Beef

Slow-Cooker Vegan Corned Beef

When food is cooked slowly, the flavours have a chance to develop and meld together, resulting in a dish that is rich and satisfying. Additionally, because slow cookers generally use low heat, the food doesn’t get overcooked or dry.

We love slow cooking vegan food because it guarantees everything is hearty and full of flavour.

This means that you can put everything in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a delicious plant based dinner that is ready to eat.

We adore Plant Power Couples Slow-Cooker Vegan Corned Beef and we’re sure you will too!

Plant Based Corned Beef and Cabbage (Corned Jackfruit)

Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage (Corned Jackfruit)

This easy one pot Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage dish from Florentina at Veggie Society gets bonus points for being gluten free.

This recipe can also be cooked in the slow cooker if you have more time.

Where To Buy Plant Based Corned Beef

If you don’t fancy making your own, you can always just buy it ready made, there are a few different places you can find it.

Some grocery stores will carry vegan corned beef products, or you can purchase it online from vegan specialty stores.

Look no further than Unreal Deli’s Corn’d Beef:

Unreal Deli's Corn'd Beef

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Water, Wheat Gluten, Organic Beets, Apple Cider Vinegar, Chickpeas, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Lactic Acid), Tomatoes, Distilled White Vinegar, Pure Maple Syrup, Sea Salt, Organic Brown Sugar, Nutritional Yeast (Inactive Dry Yeast, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12), Cultured Dextrose, Garlic, Onion, Oregano, Coriander, Black Pepper, Paprika, Caraway Seed Mustard Seeds, Celery Seed, Cayenne Pepper.

And Corned Beef by Feed Your Head:

Corned Beef by Feed Your Head:

Wheat Gluten Flour, Vegetable Broth, Nutritional Yeast, Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Liquid Smoke & Spices.

Wrapping Up

As you now know, vegan corned beef is perfect for a quick and easy meal.

Even if you don’t fancy your hand at one of the recipes, it’s easy to order some of the good stuff online from vegan specialty stores so you can enjoy these hearty dishes while being compassionate to our furry friends!

To your salty, (faux) meaty success!

4 thoughts on “Making Vegan Corned Beef at Home is Surprisingly Easy”

    • Hi JN

      Mostly because we just freestyle the spice quantities to taste, but we’ve updated the post with suggested quantities for you.

      Hope it helps 💚

      Skye & Miriam

    • Hey cmh,

      We’ve not tried that, but we don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

      Honestly, a lot of the time we cook, we screw things up and learn as we go but our sense is that steam cooking the seitan first would work best.

      Hope this helps.
      Skye & Miriam x


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