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21st Jun 2020

Here’s how to make a vegan ‘fried egg’, according to an Australian food blogger

It really looks like an egg!

If you have recently gone vegan – or have been off meat and animal products for a long time – one of the things you might miss the most is a fried egg.

Maybe it’s the taste of it, maybe it’s the weekend feeling of cooking one, maybe it’s because they just go so darn well with avocado and toast – regardless, eggs are just one of those things many of us will struggle to replace when switching over to a plant-based diet.

However, lucky for us, talented Australian food blogger Ellie Bullen, who regularly posts plant-based recipes on her blog Elsa’s Wholesome Life, has invented a recipe for a “vegan fried egg” and has shared the instructions via her YouTube channel – and it looked so like the real thing, that went the video first went out, it sent her followers into a bit of a frenzy.

“It tastes just like egg, it’s pretty crazy,” Bullen said about her invention. “If you’re someone who went vegan and you really miss eggs, I think this recipe is a real gamechanger for you.”

Her secret ingredients for the colour and consistency of the yolk? Pumpkin and black salt (kala namak).

Fancy trying out a vegan ‘egg’ yourself? Here is what you need:

For the yolk

  • 170g pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp of cornflour
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (helps ot get fatty egg yolk consistency)
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp of black salt (kala namak)

For the egg white

  • 1/4 cup of rice flour
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • Good pinch of salt

To serve

  • Avocados
  • Sourdough bread
  • Vegemite (optional)


  • Boil and drain the chopped pumpkin
  • In a separate bowl combine the egg white ingredients and stir, set aside
  • Add the cooked pumpkin and rest of yolk ingredients to a blender and blend
  • Heat a pan (on a medium to high heat) with a tsp of oil
  • Spoon in two tbsp of egg white mix
  • Put lid on for 10 seconds
  • Add one tbsp of yolk mix onto centre
  • Cook for another 30 seconds until edges start to get crispy

She posted the photo below of her vegan fried egg on smashed avocado sourdough toast to Instagram, and it’s already been liked over 17,000 times and received hundreds of comments from thankful vegans around the world.