Best meat substitutes according to redditors

We found 66 Reddit comments discussing the best meat substitutes. We ranked the 30 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Meat Substitutes:

u/TheMetaphysics · 39 pointsr/aww

former meat eater here. came to give you some plant-based hope. these are the diggity dang diddly

u/Fordiman · 21 pointsr/KitchenConfidential
  • Go to your local asian market.
  • Pick up a can of Companion brand mock duck (it's seitan nuggets) can looks like this.
  • Open the can, and dredge the bits in corn or potato starch.
  • Fryolate at 375 until brown. Try not to use duck fat \^_\^
  • Toss in your favorite wing sauce*; I recommend a mix of equal parts Sriracha and maple syrup. Nice and simple.
  • If you're feeling like a little extra oomph, bake them until they bubble.

    I call them phoenix wings, and, as a meat eater, it's one of the few meat-alikes I find just as satisfying as the real thing.

    * My favorite wing sauces, phoenix or otherwise.

  • Classic: 3:2 melted butter (or half-and-half coconut fat and coconut milk, plus salt to taste) to bog-standard hot sauce
  • Chipotle lime: 2:1:1:1 Bufalo chipotle sauce : sugar : lime juice : butter (same sub applies)
  • Sriracha maple: 1:1 Sriracha : maple syrup
  • BBQ: Straight bbq sauce. I like Stubbs, but whatever you love.
  • Ranch: 1 packet ranch powder, rehydrated with the thick canned coconut milk (I prefer Aroy-D) until it's a reasonable texture.
  • Garlic: Just a honeyed traditional aioli (mash garlic, salt, and your favorite herbs to a paste; while still mashing, add oil until it's a fluid; keep mashing, and add the same amount of honey. Optionally, include an acid like lemon juice, or your favorite garlic-compatible spices)

u/[deleted] · 7 pointsr/vegetarian

You can try this or this or this or this or this or this. Lots of options. This subreddit is also a great place to come for ideas.

u/llieaay · 6 pointsr/vegan

TVP and homemade seitan. Homemade seitan is water + wheat gluten flour + salt and spices to taste. Boil.

Seitan is basically pure protein at 4.9 calories per gram and TVP is 6.6.

(Edit: division!)

u/maatismoot · 6 pointsr/Vegetarianism

Go to an Indian foods store and buy a few of the foil packed heat and eat meals along with a bag of soya chunks.

I do this before I go on motocamping trips. They last forever, are cheap as can be, and taste great.

u/Merryprankstress · 6 pointsr/Vegan_Food

For the “chik’n” I used “Verisoy soy slices” This is what the package looks like I find that they're cheaper if you can find them in a local asian market. I simmered them in a vegan chicken style broth then marinated them overnight. I had leftover vegan gravy already which made this really fast to assemble. Just saute whatever veggies you want (I used onion, celery, carrot, peas) and cut your soy slices into small strips and saute with the rest of your veggies with some salt pepper and sage. When the flavor and texture of your vegetables is to your liking add your gravy and thin it out a little with some stock or water, then add to your roasting pan and top with your biscuits. This was out of this world in flavor and similarity to the real deal. The biscuit recipe I used was posted Here by u/shugamag and they were so good! I didn't get as much lift as hers but still check her recipe out. I made the biscuits ahead of time too for another recipe and froze the rest. This is a great recipe to have in your back pocket after the holidays if you're looking for a way to use up leftover gravy and biscuits as this would work with already cooked biscuits as well

u/The-Harmacist · 5 pointsr/Futurology

Based on the criticism from Amazon ordersI think a number of people also agree with me

u/mosorosso · 5 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Japanese Soba Noodles... you can put as much effort into as you want.

Easiest way is just boil noodles 5 minutes, rinse to cool, and then dip in a noodle sauce like hon tsuyu... it all hinges upon the noodle sauce and in my experience they are hit or miss so really find one you like.

But here is a recipe for a more involved Soba recipe,


It's a filling meal, and an easy staple to store in the pantry (dried buckwheat noodles similar to dry pasta).

A good noodle sauce will be chock full of Umami and it will satisfy meat cravings in my experience, and I'm not even vegetarian.


I really don't know why they haven't caught on in the US... It takes like 1 or 2 minutes longer to boil than a top ramen... but the noodles are much more healthier for you as they are dry noodles, not fried like top ramen noodles.


Oh also here's another one I could eat for like 10 days in a row np.


Oh one more just for fun... while I always been a meat eater... for some reason growing up my mom always had these and I love them.

Don't get me wrong, I love bacon... and to a bacon eater this seems blasphemous... but the thing is you just gotta approach it not expecting bacon, because it isn't bacon and it won't taste like bacon or have the texture of bacon or anything... but it's really salty and tasty and if you were to put these in a BLT sandwich instead of bacon, it totally works I've done it. I love these things and I love real bacon, they are both good.

u/swaskowi · 5 pointsr/TheMotte

I assume its similar to this, which I've seen at my local grocery store:

u/BrokenButSaved · 4 pointsr/trailmeals

Here’s one that I do a lot.

I get these instant mash potatoes:

And then dehydrate canned chicken and some veggies( mushrooms, corn, carrots ect.) and spices and vacuum pack them all into single meal containers so I can just open a pouch dump it in with my potatoes and cook them all at the same time. You can do this with rice sides or quinoa or couscous.

It’s a really easy one pot recipe and really cuts down on weight and time prepackaging the single meals ahead of time.

Also for your vegetarian friend you can substitute the dehydrated chicken in the recipe for flavored textured vegetable protein.
Here’s some of that:

It gets old but it fills you up, and with replacing the vegetables around or the mash potatoes for rice ect. It gets old a little slower.

u/DaMeteor · 3 pointsr/veganketo
u/rayrayww3 · 3 pointsr/SeattleWA

The Fantastic World filling that you can get at PCC or Whole Foods is good and super easy. Just add boiling water.

When I make my own I just make it up, but it is something like this:

Boiling water, enough tvp to absorb the water, onion diced very fine, splash of soy sauce or worcester to give it a beefy flavor, and one package taco seasoning mix.

u/SadedOr · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

stuff like this:

it stores well, and to use, just add hot water, let it sit, and do anything you like, like adding to a stir fry,

u/Winterwitchcraft · 3 pointsr/vegan

The reason they found it expensive is because they looked for easy replacements for their Standard American Diet Foods.
If you get a box of corndogs for $6 every month, then find it's the same price for half as many vegan corn dogs, you're gonna have a hard time. If you want junk food, think onion rings or tater tots instead, which are $2-3 for a huge bag.
If you are used to getting a Krispy Creme dozen for $10, finding a single vegan donut costing $3.50 is going to shock you. Instead, buy a box of Oreos for $3.

A lot of vegans will just be like "expensive? lolol rice and beans." But no one (or most people) don't want to eat bland sadness every day. As a new vegan, you just don't understand the "accidentally" vegan foods. You don't know the cheap vegan. You just know that Daiya Cheese costs more than regular cheese- I totally get that.

junk food that is vegan:

Some (kinda expensive but lasts a LONG time) vegan staples: (rehydrates to 3.4lbs of ground 'beef' for $10. Add to pasta sauce, or a packet of taco seasoning and use in taco/burrito/etc.) (Used in TONS of vegan recipes to make cheesy sauce, eggs, sour cream, cream cheese, etc., or to add a cheesy-nutty nuance to many dishes. Top popcorn or pasta with it. $13 for MONTHS worth of servings.) (you'll find the bulk of vegan pasta sauces, dips, sour cream, cream cheese, lasagna, and tons of other shit require soaked cashews. $16 is again, months worth.) Kala Namak/black salt. It adds a sulfur-eggy flavor to anything (i.e., tofu egg scrambles, ramen.) It's a giant bag of salt for $4. Almost as cheap as regular salt.

Easy cheap vegan meals:
Biscuits and gravy (Bisquick is vegan.)
Pancakes (Again, Bisquick. Also maple syrup and margarine.)
Burrito (rice, beans, the vegan beef I mentioned above, gauc/salsa/fake sour cream/corn/onions or wtf ever you like on burrito.)
Spaghetti + garlic bread (use margarine instead of butter, that's it.)
Grain bowls (they are super easy and cheap and have a million varieties, you'll find one to your taste.)
Curries (use tofu instead of chicken. Simply Balanced by Target has a few different good, cheap vegan curry sauces if you don't like to make your own.)
Tofu scramble (tons of different varieties if you google for recipes.)
Falafel (almost all falafel mixes are vegan.)
Salad (Italian dressing is usually vegan. Bac'n Pieces are vegan.)
Veggie stir fries
Pesto pasta
Oatmeal (top with nuts, PB, fruit, cinnamon, maple syrup, raisins, whatever.)
Pasta salad, omit the salami/pepperoni.
potato salad, vegannaise instead of mayo.
Anything you can imagine with potatoes + sweet potatoes - grilled, hashbrowns, fries, hassleback, baked, tots, mashed.
Smoothies (vegan flavored protein powder is more expensive than whey, I know. But soy and pea protein isolate are very cheap. Add plain protein, banana, ice, plant milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder and sweetener/sugar.)
Caramel rice cakes topped with coconut/almond reddi-whip and nuts.

Here's some more outside of the box but cheap meals:
Jackfruit pulled pork (I just use slowcooked jackfruit and storebought BBQ sauce.)
Fried plantains
Fried zucchini
Tempura veggies
Baked acorn or butternut squash with margarine + brown sugar
Zucchini fritters (there's recipes everywhere and they're amazing.)
Chow mein
Pan fried bean sprouts
Chia pudding
Ceviche omit the shrimp/fish
Roasted eggplant
Mushroom shawarma

Plant milk is more expensive than cow's milk, but you can make cheap-ass oatmillk at home*. There's tons of baking egg replacers (banana, applesauce, etc,) but I highly recommend flax egg** for some easy omega-3s.

Some life-saving cheap recipes: * ** (the semi-sweet chocochips at Trader Joes are vegan, so are their marshmallows. I recommend adding both.)

I realize how big my post is now that I'm finished.. Hope you find it helpful haha.

u/kahleesky · 3 pointsr/veganrecipes

The brands I found say "Companion" on them. I found them on amazon actually. If you have any local asian markets you could check there and I'd bet they have them.

Edit: Just saw the other comment, yeah I would not pay $25 for 6 cans. They were about $2 a can in the store I went to.

u/fwinzor · 3 pointsr/veganfitness

best answer, I order this stuff, each can has 30g of protien, and tastes really great!

u/E580BAEDA44A · 2 pointsr/vegan

Seitan/Vital Wheat Gluten is bad because there's a trending subject of "Gluten Intolerance" . While it's not something to dismiss... Science doesn't recognize more than about 2% of the population of 1st World Countries as to having a reason to avoid Gluten. There are other claims made about VWG, but it's basically a broken record. VWG is a great protein source for anyone who does not have an intolerance. I would just be rational about the amount of gluten intake you're getting in a day, given the snowball-effect that can occur. That's pretty much anything, though, regardless of if it's healthy or not.

Soy is safe in feasibly possible consumption levels. The only unsafe Soy is raw. Fermented is considered safest, so go for Tempeh if you're still concerned.

Avoid TVP and TSP if they are not Water-based. Bobs Red Mill TSP is a water-based production process, and is safe.

Oatmeal is a great source of protein. Go with "Old Fashioned Oats" at least, if not Steel-Cut, etc. The less processing the better. "Quick Oats" lose a lot of the 'whole" oat which makes it such a great nutritional package.

Pea Protein Powders are good if you are hyper-concerned about protein. They tend to be "meal-replacement" shakes, though... So maybe not the best idea.

There's Beyond Meat Beyond Burger, and other "healthy" processed burgers.

Nut Butters, without/low salt, no sugar, no oil added are great. Healthy fats, high protein.

I hope this helps.

u/rashawah · 2 pointsr/Austin

No worries, it's hidden in the Chen's Corner tab. My guess is something like this would work well as a base. Figuring out the batter and sauce might be hard, but at that point, anything you fry and throw some sauce on would be absolutely delicious, even if it's not exactly P2000.

u/bookwench · 2 pointsr/ramen

You can absolutely cook ramen noodles in the microwave; I've done it tons at work. Put the noodles in the water, nuke for 5 minutes or more until done. Then either drain the water and just use the sauce packets to make flavored noodles, or leave some of the water and add the stuff you want.

Things you can add: amazon has dried veggies - you probably don't need the 120 servings package unless you're trying to make ramen for your whole unit, but there's other smaller packages like this sampler or you can get the stuff you like in individual packages (mushrooms, corn, carrots, etc). I found I like the cabbage because it ends up being a little bit sweet.

I don't know where you're gonna get eggs in the desert, but maybe your chow folks could hook you up? Hard boiled are good but if you can get raw, you can microwave them too - stir them up in a small bowl with whatever spices you like in your eggs (I have a sweet tooth so I add half a spoonful of sugar and some garlic and basil). Then nuke for 45 seconds, stir, nuke again for 35 seconds, stir, make sure they're cooked. You can dump them in the soup or have them as a side.

The other thing might be - do you guys have a chow hall that does a salad bar? Maybe ask the cook if you can have a spare carrot, or something. Chopped carrots in ramen are delicious and colorful. Never underestimate the delight a nice colorful meal can bring you on a miserable shift. It only lasts about 5 minutes, but damn, that's 5 minutes life isn't boring.

They do dried textured vegetable protein, or you can add jerky to your ramen for some meat flavor. Jerky was the first thing I learned to drop into ramen after cheese. Speaking of cheese, you can get one of those bottles of shelf-stable cheese and melt that into the ramen if you want it creamy. You can make a nice version of cream of mushroom soup that way. There's a whole section on mushroom powder if you don't feel like soaking whole mushrooms. Alternately, cheese powder. Be careful though; it can be wicked salty.

There's also a whole section of powdered soups that includes some wild stuff - you can make a nice curried pumpkin soup out of the pumpkin powder, if you want. It would probably be good on noodles too.

I know liquids are more expensive to ship, but a bottle of shrichana or some hoisen sauce make good flavors for the noodles for when you get solidly tired of the crap in the packets. I love hoisen sauce on my noodles.

Anyways, I don't know if those ones I linked are the cheapest ones - shop around on Amazon, or contact individual sellers and ask if you can get a military discount, maybe?

Good luck!

u/menomaminx · 2 pointsr/veganrecipes

You aren't kidding, it's 23 bucks.

Companion - Peking Vegetarian Roast Duck, 10 oz. Can (Pack of 6)

Even for six cans, that's kind of pricey.

I'm going to save it to my wishlist anyway, but I probably won't get around to it anytime soon:-(

u/GoOtterGo · 2 pointsr/vegan

I was in the same boat coming into veganism. Lots of slow-cooked meats, lots of whatever.

I gotta say, discovering making my own seitan has been wonderful. Just a great texture when pressed and seared right, and picks up all the rich, smokey flavour. And the protein value, good god. I'm a huge fan now, and I never knew about it before going vegan.

If there's anyone in a similar boat, but doesn't have the patience to make your own, I actually really enjoy this brand of canned stuff:

Obviously there's better out there, but that's what introduced me to the world of seitan.

u/sirbeast · 2 pointsr/akron
u/_kalron_ · 2 pointsr/Pescetarian

Not a fish but this is my go to for anything ground beef related:


I do meatloaf, make my own burgers, Salisbury steaks, meat pasta sauces, name it, this stuff works.

u/punkolina · 2 pointsr/vegetarian

I love this jerky so much. I have to limit how often I can buy it. 😊

Sam's Harvest Jerky - Original Recipe, 4 oz. Bag (Pack of 4)

u/mosotaiyo · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Actually I will agree with you there, I grew up eating the Sunstrips veggie bacon, and It's still a flavor I love. But it doesn't really taste like bacon tbh... They are just good as a stand alone taste

u/Iflie · 2 pointsr/Amberlynn

Oh no, i found them through googling vegan but they are vegetarian actually, they do not contain egg or anything dairy that I could see. But that picture was from 2018 so they may have just changed the packaging by now without changing the recipe.

u/seriouslyslowloris · 2 pointsr/VegRecipes

I just found some on amazon so I could try this recipe out.

u/rodion_kjd · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

My mistake. I missed the "soy protein" qualifier in OP's post. I suppose it could be large TVP chunks hydrated and then seared.

u/Gullex · 2 pointsr/videos

One of my favorite cooking items is TVP and TVP chunks. They don't taste like anything on their own, they take on the flavor of what they're cooked in. The granules are really good substitute for ground beef in taco filling, gravy, hamburger helper type recipes, anything. The chunks make a really good chicken substitute. Reconstitute some and add it to a crock pot of ranch dressing, buffalo wing sauce, and cream cheese and eat with Fritos. Holy shit it's good.

Also, of course, there's all kinds of beans, nuts, dairy if she eats that, eggs if she eats that, those sorts of things.

Iron is sometimes difficult for vegetarians too, one quick fix for that is to cook in cast iron, which increases iron content by a crazy amount.

Since I went vegetarian, my cholesterol dropped from 213 to 163 without any other changes in my diet or lifestyle. I don't get sick any more, I'm not deficient in any nutrient, I feel fantastic.

Also head over to /r/vegetarian, lots of good recipes there.

u/SuzyQ93 · 2 pointsr/keto

Take a look at some of the vegetarian meat replacements. Some of them are largely gluten. These, for instance. (If you can find them locally, try local health-food stores, you could try a single can instead of a 12-pack.)

Mostly gluten, 2 carbs and 90 calories for two patties - and I enjoy the taste. Fry them up in a little butter, yum. Very keto-friendly.

Some Morningstar Farms items are also largely wheat gluten, and generally easier to find in stores.

u/MickeyMoo3 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Yeah dairy was hard for me to give up too, mostly because of ice cream but I have since found some that tastes like regular ice cream but has no dairy :) You might like something like this:*Version*=1&*entries*=0

This brand I can only find on Amazon but they make vegetarian and vegan canned foods and all of the ones I have tried so far were really good imo. The nice part too is that since they are canned they don't fill up freezer, they have a long shelf life and easy to make for people who don't like to cook or don't have time. The taco filling is my favorite but they make all kinds of stuff.

u/misanthropy_pure · 1 pointr/fitmeals

You can also check for "textured vegetable protein" chunks.

u/besanaman · 1 pointr/veganrecipes

I don't have a recipe, but this stuff is really good.

u/IIndAmendmentJesus · 1 pointr/worldnews

it is plant based you are right but it is available locally and online goes to shit if you over cook it and texture is off with the initial bite but it will pass.

u/gosia2510 · 1 pointr/vegan

It's TVP. I found something similar on Amazon. In my country we don't have any mock-meats and this is the only thing we can use.

u/piratesparky · 1 pointr/Austin

I order many things from Amazon with free Prime shipping. My favorite is Textured Vegetable Protein Chunks which are fantastic in chili. They also have the crumbles from Barry Farm. Link below.

I also make vegan cheese with is easier than you think using the Miyoko book The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples. You can get supplies from Barry Farm too.

u/understandingthem · 1 pointr/keto

beyond meat

I love these burgers. They have 20g protein and 6g of carbs with 3g of dietary fiber.

u/CitizenCopacetic · 1 pointr/freebies

I may have to give that a shot! Another really good crumble if you're looking for taco-style is this stuff. It's a dry mix, so it's shelf stable and it's really tasty.

u/sumpuran · 1 pointr/vegetarian

I reckon you mean TVP, tofu, soy chunks, and seitan. Those are probably not available at most Wal*Marts. TVP and soy chunks are dry and non-perishable, you can order those online from Amazon.

If you live near a health food store like Whole Foods, they will have all the foods I mentioned. But it will be more expensive than ordering online or shopping at an Asian market. If you live anywhere close to an Asian market, as a vegetarian that will be your best source for buying cheap foods in bulk. Even if it’s a 2 hour drive, it’s probably worth it, you can go once a month and get a month’s worth of food.

I live in India. Here, everybody buys their dry foods in bulk once a month. Rice, flour, beans, lentils, soy chunks, cooking oil, spice mix, etc. That’s the most economical option and you’ll know that you always have plenty of food at home.

>what do you usually snack on

I was raised not to snack, so I don’t feel the urge outside of meal times. If I do feel peckish mid-day, I drink a few glasses of water. If you are prone to snacking, sugary drinks and salty snacks are your enemy.

Instead, try some fresh vegetables. Like long slices of cucumber, carrot, celery, daikon, radish, or broccoli – which you can combine with yogurt dip, hummus, cheese cream, dijon mustard, salsa, etc. Another option is unsalted popcorn with nutritional yeast. Or have some 0% fat FAGE Greek yogurt, mixed with equal parts of water. It’s delicious on its own and doesn’t need any sugar.

u/Cryst · 1 pointr/business

For me personally i've found these to be the closest to real meat.

u/Creditfigaro · 1 pointr/Futurology

Lol @ the Hamburg Germany thing. Not sure why I think that is funny. But you'd think with all those hamburgers running around at least one of them would be impossible.

Joking aside, it's out of stock on Amazon.

Maybe it will be available sometime soon. Regardless, I don't know that it is really necessary. The best options in the store are fresh fruit, vedge, beans, and grains. All cheap as fuck.

u/PacifistExtremist · 0 pointsr/Futurology

The meatballs have a pretty good ratio of protein:fat/carbs I think, good amount of fiber too.

I also fucking love Field Roast hot dogs which have 21g of protein for only 200 calories/3 net grams carbs. Lots of sodium but damn they're good

u/req16 · -1 pointsr/IAmA

It looks like what I was seeing was this premade seitan. I did not refer to the cost of beans vs chicken.

How do they create vital wheat gluten in the first place? I'm sure it's some amount of processing seeing how anything in flour form is processed by definition.

I'll add that I have eaten seitan before in nicer restaurants and I did enjoy it. But really, this is moot as I would much rather eat pea or rice whey than seitan if I ever went vegan.

You didn't really address my reply to your chicken vs black bean comparison. It's not as simple as you're wanting it to be. To add to that, 6oz of black bean has 39g of prot while 6oz of chicken has 42g of prot, so even your initial comparison is wrong when using weight instead of volume for I(and others typically) weigh my food, I don't look at volume. I didn't actually address quinoa or corn, both are not my definition of high in protein, requiring 6g of protein per oz of food. I think legumes are the only vegetarian option that meets my definition of high protein.