There is no better way to start your day than a delicious, filling breakfast. A full English breakfast is a great way to enjoy a variety of flavors and ensure that your body is properly fueled until the next meal.
One of the greatest aspects of an English breakfast is the amazing selection of nourishing foods. It’s almost like eating a buffet of vibrant breakfast foods, all carefully arranged on your plate.
If you like to start your morning with a satisfying savory meal, this vegan English breakfast will become an instant favorite in your household! It is open to variation, which means the entire family can enjoy this vegan fry up.
What is a Full English Breakfast?
A full English breakfast, colloquially known as a fry up, is a substantial savory breakfast meal composed of multiple components. Popular in the United Kingdom and Ireland, it is often seen as the opposite to the continental breakfast which may be served in mainland Europe countries like France or Spain.
The components of a full English breakfast may vary depending on region, but it typically includes some form of eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, and toast. Some places may include black pudding, a serving of spinach, roasted potatoes, or hash browns. A fry up is usually served with hot tea or coffee.
- Vegan sausages. Whether you use store-bought sausages or make your own, it’s a great way to include protein in your morning meal.
- Vegan bacon. There are many ways to enjoy the smoky, crispy “bacon”, whether you make it at home or buy vegan bacon at the store. While I chose carrot bacon for this recipe, feel free to sub tempeh, mushrooms, or rice paper vegan bacon instead.
- Tofu scramble. Scrambled tofu is one of the easiest way to replicate the texture and flavor of eggs. Not to mention, it’s quick!
- Baked beans. A fry up is not complete without a healthy serving of baked beans! A staple in every Brit’s home, a can of baked beans is one of the most affordable and calorie-dense sources of plant-based protein.
- Tomatoes. Grilled, stewed, or roasted, tomatoes add a lovely hint of acidity to other ingredients.
- Mushrooms. An excellent source of flavor and nutrients, mushrooms make a great addition to this breakfast dish.
- Toast. To round up the amazing buffet of breakfast foods, a fry up includes toasted or fried bread. Regional variations may include soda bread, potato scones, or crumpets.
How to Make Vegan English Breakfast
Although it features multiple components, it’s possible to make this recipe in just half an hour if you time it right.
1. Arrange tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms on a lined baking sheet.
2. Brush the carrots and mushrooms with marinade and roast at 400 F for 15-20 minutes, turning them halfway through and brushing the other side. The tomatoes should soften and burst.
3. Meanwhile, make your tofu scramble. It takes no more than 10 minutes!
4. To cook the vegan sausages, heat some oil or vegan butter in a frying pan, then toss the sausages in and fry until they have browned on all sides. Alternatively, you may use a griddle pan or a grill press.
5. Empty the baked beans into a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan. You can heat them up in a microwave (2-3 minutes) or stove (3-5 minutes until bubbling).
6. At the same time, toast your bread in a toaster or dry pan. Butter the toast (optional) while it’s warm.
7. This takes some orchestrating, but when it’s time to assemble a plate, the various components of your vegan English breakfast should finish cooking, toasting, roasting, and frying at the same time. Add sausages, carrot “bacon”, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, tofu scramble, and toast to your plate.
8. Serve topped with green onion, salt, and pepper. You can also use any condiments of choice. And don’t forget your tea or coffee!
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- Carrot bacon is super-easy to make, but feel free to use any other type of vegan bacon of your choice.
- If your timing didn’t quite work out, let the microwave be your best friend! Most of the components can be reheated before serving.
- It goes without saying, but if you make vegan sausages and baked beans at home, you’d have to do it in advance. Same goes for frozen ingredients (e.g. sausages or bread).
- Want to add a splash of green to your dish? Add some sautéed spinach or kale!
- If you’re gluten-free, why not enjoy some roasted potatoes or hash browns instead of toast?
Frequently Asked Questions
Is vegan English breakfast suited for athletes?
Full English breakfast is one of the most filling, calorie-dense breakfast options out there. Between tofu scramble, vegan sausages, and baked beans, it’s full of plant-based protein. It’s also packed with carbs and dietary fiber. In short, it’s an excellent breakfast for athletes and people who work a physically demanding job.
Is it possible to make it faster?
Everything is possible! If you enjoy vegan English breakfast but struggle to find the time, you can take a few shortcuts. Swap tofu scramble for cubed tofu. Cook sausages, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, and tofu on a single lined baking sheet. You can even warm up the beans in a small casserole dish at the same time. You can also add some frozen hash browns and spinach to the same baking sheet for a more versatile fry up.
I don’t like mushrooms. Can I skip them?
You can omit or swap any component of this recipe! You can supplement that with an extra serving of another component to make sure you get the full English satisfaction.
- Coffee. A cup of coffee can help you wake up. Try it with homemade cashew creamer!
- Ketchup. Dip your sausages into healthy homemade vegan ketchup.
- Vegan Butter. Spread it on toast or use it for frying vegan sausages!
Vegan English Breakfast
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Arrange tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms on a lined baking sheet. Brush the carrots and mushrooms with marinade and roast at 400 F for 15-20 minutes, turning them halfway through and brushing the other side. The tomatoes should soften and burst.
- Meanwhile, make your tofu scramble. It takes no more than 10 minutes!
- To cook the vegan sausages, heat some oil or vegan butter in a frying pan, then toss the sausages in and fry until they have browned on all sides. Alternatively, you may use a griddle pan or a grill press.
- Empty the baked beans into a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan. You can heat them up in a microwave (2-3 minutes) or stove (3-5 minutes until bubbling).
- At the same time, toast your bread in a toaster or dry pan. Butter the toast (optional) while it's warm.
- When it's time to assemble a plate, the various components of your vegan English breakfast should finish cooking at the same time. Add sausages, carrot "bacon", mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, tofu scramble, and toast to your plate.
- Serve topped with green onion, salt, and pepper and your condiment of choice.
- To speed things up, swap scrambled tofu for cubed and heat everything up on the same baking sheet.
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Cat Harvey is a recipe creator, food photographer and writer with keen interest in wellness, movement, and environment. Since the start of her freelance career in 2017, Cat has been helping people transition to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Read more about Cat.