Eggs are ubiquitous in cooking. Countless recipes call for an egg in some way, shape, or form. However, eggs are perishable and can sometimes go bad on you before you have a chance to use them. But if you wind up with rotten, unusable eggs, or just plain run out, there are some alternatives out there. Additionally, these egg substitutes are vegan-friendly, so if you don’t eat eggs as a dietary restriction, then these substitutions will work for you.
If you have eggs that have been in the refrigerator for an extended period, it is important to test them for freshness before using them. If the egg stands on it’s end, then it is still okay for baking or using in recipes. If it floats, throw it out and try this egg substitute instead.
Baking Soda Egg Substitute
This egg substitute uses water, vegetable oil, and baking soda. It has the advantage of being ingredients that are typically on hand in any kitchen. It doesn’t provide much flavor, but will provide the thickening power of a real egg.
1 egg = 2 Tbsp. water + 1 Tbsp. oil + 2 tsp. baking powder.
- 2 TBSP water
- 1 TBSP vegetable oil
- 2 tsp baking soda
- Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Flax Seed Egg Substitute
Flax seeds are the only plant-based foods with significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are essential to brain function but are typically only found in seafood products. Use this flax seed mixture as an egg substitute if you don’t eat seafood regularly (or at all).
1 egg = 1 tbsp ground up flax seeds + 3 tbsp water
- 1 TBSP ground flax seed
- 3 TBSP water
- Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly
Do you have any other homemade egg substitutes to share?