10 Best Nutritional Yeast Substitutes

Nutritional yeast makes a great cheesy substitute in plant-based dishes, but what happens when you’re out of nooch? Don’t panic, we’ve got 10 of the best nutritional yeast substitutes, right here.

1. Brewer’s Yeast

Brewer’s yeast is actually a by-product of the beer brewing process. For this reason, this dry yeast has a noticeable beery flavor and a slightly bitter taste.

2. Yeast Extract

Another yeast product that works well when you’re plum out of nutritional yeast is yeast extract, also known as marmite or vegemite.

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3. Soy Sauce

When it comes to adding some umami oomph to vegan dishes, nutritional yeast isn’t the only candidate. Soy sauce has long been celebrated as a vegetarian umami flavor enhancer.

4. White Miso Paste

All types of miso paste have that signature umami flavor, but white miso paste is the best choice for substituting nooch. It has a nuttier flavor profile and a milder taste.

5. Coconut Aminos

It is made from fermented coconut tree sap and has a high amount of the amino acid, glutamate, which gives it that signature umami flavor.

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