Different ways to eat Vegemite - what is Vegemite and how do you go about eating it? - includes some delicious recipes

Photo: Melanie Faith Dove
Photo: Melanie Faith Dove

What is Vegemite


Vegemite is an Australian institution.


Many non-Aussies or those not brought up eating this salty yeast-extract spread are curious as to what exactly it tastes like.


And for good reason. It doesn't feature the most appealing aesthetic qualities but this dark brown food 'paste' really packs a punch of flavour unlike any other.


There have been various copies of the Vegemite spread popping up on the market over the years, including US-owned Promite, as well as Marmite which is available in the UK, South Africa and New Zealand and it is also similar to a product available in Switzerland called Cenovis. However, Vegemite is the original and to almost every Australian - the best.


For those who enjoy salty flavours and in particular, savoury spreads and snacks, Vegemite is a true favourite. Some say that it is an acquired taste and others argue that many Australians only enjoy the taste due to the fact that they have been introduced to it at an early age and have practically grown up eating it in all manner of ways.


As many non-Australians have probably come to realise, when some Australians introduce Vegemite to someone from overseas for the first time, it has become a common occurrence to play a trick on the unsuspecting first-time-Vegemite-taster and spread far too much of it on the slice of bread, toast, sandwich or cracker which produces a far too strong flavour-hit and usually results in the person spitting it out and proclaiming the horrid taste of the stuff! Yet as we all know here in Australia, you only require the tiniest amount of the spread to produce the desired flavour on whatever piece of bread or dry biscuit (Australian term for cracker) you choose to spread the Vegemite on. Any more than an extremely thin scraping and you end up with a far too salty, overbearing and some say even bitter, taste in your mouth.


So remember, you only need a LITTLE bit. Go overboard and the taste is pretty much ruined! So, don't let an Aussie trick you into eating too much of it at once - you probably won't like it! Less really is more when it comes to Vegemite. That's the Number 1 golden rule with Vege.!


This is the reason why it's such an economical food to buy - it can take years to finish a large jar! It also keeps for an incredible amount of time too so there's so need to worry about finishing it quickly or refrigerating it either. So in that sense it's incredibly different to honey, jam (Australian word for jelly) or peanut butter.


How much is too much Vegemite to use?


Here's some visual examples of how you should spread Vegemite so as to not overpower your tastebuds with too much of the strong, salty flavour.

Way too much Vegemite

Far too much Vegemite
Far too much Vegemite

The perfect amount

Just the right amount of Vegemite
Just the right amount of Vegemite


So, now that that's all out of the way... how exactly does one consume the famous Vegemite? And what are the different methods that Aussies like to use to enjoy Vegemite?


Vegemite sandwich


Arguably the most popular way of consuming Vegemite.  Typically butter or margarine is spread on the bread first like you would when making a regular sandwich


Vegemite sandwiches are a popular school lunch choice for Australian school kids as they are so quick and easy to prepare, it is relative healthy as Vegemite has a high Vitamin B content (but it is quite salty so it cannot be considered a health food) and it is a good sandwich filling choice as it doesn't cause the bread to go soggy before lunchtime comes around.


Add some cheese to your Vegemite sandwich

There are many ways to dress up a plain Vegemite sandwich - Vegemite and cheese slices is a very popular way to enjoy a Vegemite sandwich, plus it adds a good source of dairy & an extra cheesy flavour & texture to an otherwise plain sandwich filling.
There are many ways to dress up a plain Vegemite sandwich - Vegemite and cheese slices is a very popular way to enjoy a Vegemite sandwich, plus it adds a good source of dairy & an extra cheesy flavour & texture to an otherwise plain sandwich filling.

Not so strange

Some people like to pair Vegemite with avocado.  They are a seemingly strange but incredibly compatible flavour combination.  They make a very tasty sandwich.
Some people like to pair Vegemite with avocado. They are a seemingly strange but incredibly compatible flavour combination. They make a very tasty sandwich.

For those who are game

A Vegemite and salad sandwich.  You can use a thin layer of Vegemite to your slices of bread before you add your desired salad fillings to give a slightly salty flavour to your sandwich.
A Vegemite and salad sandwich. You can use a thin layer of Vegemite to your slices of bread before you add your desired salad fillings to give a slightly salty flavour to your sandwich.

For something a bit different

A Vegemite and Philly baguette.
A Vegemite and Philly baguette.

How to make a traditional Vegemite sandwich


... or 'sanga' / 'sanger' as sandwich is sometimes shortened to in Australia. (fun fact!)


A Vegemite sandwich makes a quick, easy snack for kids and adults alike. All you need is bread and butter which everyone always has on hand (or margarine if you prefer, or none if you don't want to use any butter or marg. at all) ...and of course a jar of Vegemite which lasts for ages in the cupboard and never seems to run out!


1) Butter one side of 2 slices of any bread you like (wholemeal/wholewheat or wholegrain bread if you like) but plain white bread is the traditional bread to use when making a Vegemite sandwich the Australian way.

2) Spread a thin layer (remember, a little goes a LONG way!) of Vegemite on top of the buttered sides of the bread using a butter knife.

3) Spread any extra desired condiments or toppings/fillings on top of the layer of Vegemite. (ie: cheese slices, shredded cheese, avocado slices, avocado paste or guacamole.

4) Put the two pieces of bread together and enjoy your Vegemite sandwich!


And that's how you make a 'Vegemite sanga' the Aussie way! Yum!


Vegemite toast with a glass of juice
Vegemite toast with a glass of juice

Vegemite toast


Hot buttered Vegemite on toast is possibly the second most popular way of eating Vegemite.  It is an extremely popular and regularly consumed breakfast food in many Australian households but it also makes a tasty snack at any time of the day.  


As we know Vegemite is one of the richest known sources of Vitamin B so adding it to a grain bread or a rye loaf is a great way of getting your requirements of Vitamin-B.  Vegemite toast on a cold day makes a fantastic energy boost too.


To make Vegemite toast just toast 2 slices of bread the way you normally would and then butter the slices as soon as they come out of the toaster - there's nothing better than melted butter on bread combined with the salty tang on Vegemite to wake you up in the morning or curb your afternoon hunger on a crisp day when you don't feel like a cold salad sandwich!    


Vegemite toast goes brilliantly with a fresh glass of orange juice or a glass of milk as a breakfast food.  

A great morning pick-me-up

Little packets / sachets  / plastic containers of Vegemite and the usual mini butter containers are a staple at pretty much all Australian hotels where a hot buffet breakfast or light continental breakfast is served.
Little packets / sachets / plastic containers of Vegemite and the usual mini butter containers are a staple at pretty much all Australian hotels where a hot buffet breakfast or light continental breakfast is served.

Vegemite crackers


Vegemite crackers (or biscuits or dry biscuits, as crackers are often called in Australia) are another popular way of having Vegemite as a snack.


Vegemite (and often butter or margarine first) spread on crackers, wheat wafers, Saladas, or rye crackers is an alternative to eating Vegemite on bread or toast.


Other fillings or toppings can be added on the crackers to add to the flavour of the Vegemite and make the snack more interesting and hearty (or even a light lunch in summer if you use enough crackers or Saladas)


Vegemite and cheese on rye wheat crackers
Vegemite and cheese on rye wheat crackers
For a slightly different flavour, change the kind of cheese you use to melt on top of the Vegemite.  I like using Jarlsberg or any type of Swiss cheese as it pairs deliciously with the salty Vegemite but aged cheddar or even brie are also yummy.
For a slightly different flavour, change the kind of cheese you use to melt on top of the Vegemite. I like using Jarlsberg or any type of Swiss cheese as it pairs deliciously with the salty Vegemite but aged cheddar or even brie are also yummy.
Here's another way to combine Vegemite and avocado - spread an avocado paste or thin slices of avocado on top of a thin layer of Vegemite on a cracker or crispbread.
Here's another way to combine Vegemite and avocado - spread an avocado paste or thin slices of avocado on top of a thin layer of Vegemite on a cracker or crispbread.
Vegemite on the classic Aussie square cracker - Saladas!  A bit of a thicker spread of margarine or butter and some cheese goes well with this kind of cracker/biscuit to add enough thickness to make a Salada 'sandwich' using 2 Saladas.
Vegemite on the classic Aussie square cracker - Saladas! A bit of a thicker spread of margarine or butter and some cheese goes well with this kind of cracker/biscuit to add enough thickness to make a Salada 'sandwich' using 2 Saladas.
A convenient way to enjoy Vegemite and dry biscuits/crackers on-the-go.  These pre-packaged Vegemite snacks are an Aussie schoolyard recess staple.
A convenient way to enjoy Vegemite and dry biscuits/crackers on-the-go. These pre-packaged Vegemite snacks are an Aussie schoolyard recess staple.
Fun Aussie Vegemite fact- when eating Vegemite between two crackers and the Vegemite squeezes through the little holes in the crackers or Saladas it's called "worms", "worming" or "Vegemite worms"!  Sometimes the butter/margarine comes through too.
Fun Aussie Vegemite fact- when eating Vegemite between two crackers and the Vegemite squeezes through the little holes in the crackers or Saladas it's called "worms", "worming" or "Vegemite worms"! Sometimes the butter/margarine comes through too.

Vegemite crumpets


Another Aussie breakfast favourite... Vegemite on a crumpet!  Using the same method as with Vegemite on toast or Vegemite on crackers, it makes a tasty spread on top of hot buttered crumpets.

Spread Vegemite over a fresh crumpet with butter or margarine.  The hot crumpet will melt the butter gloriously ready for a layer of Vegemite goodness!
Spread Vegemite over a fresh crumpet with butter or margarine. The hot crumpet will melt the butter gloriously ready for a layer of Vegemite goodness!

Vegemite and cheese scrolls or pastries...


...Or cheesymite scrolls, have become a popular bakery item and home-baked savoury treat or lunch food. They combine the perfect match of flavours - Vegemite & cheese - wrapped inside a bread scroll.


Some people also like to wrap the Vegemite and cheese layers inside a pastry case of some kind - either a regular scroll type spiral, puff pastry squares or puff pastry twists.


Whichever you choose, you will end up with Vegemite flavoured melted cheese encased in a warm, soft bread roll or pastry case.

'Cheesymite' scrolls.  Many Aussies make them at home but they are also sold at lots of bakeries and the ones from big bakery chain Baker's Delight are a real after-school favourite for Aussie kids.
'Cheesymite' scrolls. Many Aussies make them at home but they are also sold at lots of bakeries and the ones from big bakery chain Baker's Delight are a real after-school favourite for Aussie kids.
Homemade rustic Cheesymite scrolls
Homemade rustic Cheesymite scrolls
Spiral Cheesymite scrolls
Spiral Cheesymite scrolls

How To Make Cheesymite Scrolls / Cheesymite Rolls


So you want to make CheesyMite scrolls at home? Here's how...


Feel free to use any dough recipe you like to make the scrolls (if you have a bread machine, you can use the dough setting to make this dough), but this is the recipe that I use to prepare the dough for the Vegemite Cheesymite scrolls -


Dough Ingredients-


1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
25g (2 tablespoons) butter
1/4 cup milk
5 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour



Dough Method-


  • Mix the water and yeast until all the lumps are gone.
  • Melt butter and add it to the yeast mix.
  • Add the milk, sugar, and salt. Then stir well.
  • Mix in 2 cups of sifted flour.
  • Keep adding and mixing in flour until the dough loses most stickiness. This is usually an extra quarter or half cup of flour.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, and place in a bowl which has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil spray.
  • Cover with a tea-towel and place somewhere warm for about 1 hour. In winter I find the dough is very slow to rise, so on cold days place the dough on a shelf in the cold oven. Then fill a pot with boiling water and place it underneath.



Putting Together The Scrolls-


Once the hour is up, remove the dough from bowl and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a large square.


Then spread a layer of Vegemite over the dough.


Cover with grated cheese and roll the dough up into a log.


Cut the roll into segments. I usually like to cut it into around eight scrolls. Place the scrolls down on a baking tray lined with baking paper.


Put the tray in a warm place for further rising. When the weather is warm I leave them to rise for an hour but in colder weather they rise slower so I leave them for an hour and a half or so.

Bake at 200 degrees celsius (or around 400 degrees F, or a little bit less if you have a fan-forced oven or a very hot oven) for approximately 15 minutes, or a couple of minutes less if you prefer your scrolls extremely soft or a little less baked.


Enjoy. :D


Don't have time to make your own dough? If you want a faster alternative that is just as good, you can use a ready-made sheet of puff pastry. You use the same method as above for putting them together but bake them at 220 degrees C (that's about 420/425 F) for about 20 minutes.


It spreads more easily and it is nowhere near as strong as original Vegemite so you can use much more on your bread.
It spreads more easily and it is nowhere near as strong as original Vegemite so you can use much more on your bread.

The NEW Vegemite - 'Cheesybite'


Cheesybite spread - Vegemite's attempt at expanding its brand once again. Cheesybite was chosen as the official name after a competition was held but when the product first hit the shelves it was jokingly named and released as 'iSnack 2.0' on the jars as part of Kraft's PR push of the new formula as well as to draw attention to the competition to name the new Vegemite.


The new formula combines Vegemite and Kraft cream cheese, spreads more easily and features a much less salty, as well as a milder taste than the original.

Vegemite CheesyBite?

Vegemite Cheesybite - released in June 2009
Vegemite Cheesybite - released in June 2009

What does the original Vegemite look like?

Handy use for Vegemite


Handy tip: Vegemite as Vegetable Stock


If you want to make vegetable soup and you've run out of vegetable stock, you can use Vegemite mixed with water because Vegemite is basically just yeast and concentrated vegetable extract! It gives the right amount of salted flavour to most dishes that call for vegetable stock. Vegemite works wonderfully in a hearty vegetable stew or a thick vegetable soup.


Vegetable Vegemite stew (Vegemite used as a vegetable stock flavouring in a vegetable stew)
Vegetable Vegemite stew (Vegemite used as a vegetable stock flavouring in a vegetable stew)

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Comments 14 comments

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WriteAngled 5 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Marmite for me! *grin*


writeronline 5 years ago

Marmite for me too! :-)


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scarletquill99 5 years ago from Australia Author

haha, no way!


Joe 4 years ago

Light toasted bagel,butter 1/2,vegemite 1/2, 6 +- strips bacon. EAT! yummy.


Emm20 4 years ago

Absolutely adore Vegemite, Im from Australia but live in the UK so they only sell it in tiny jars and I am yet to try the Cheesybite! I miss the huge jars you can get back home :)


Hotlips 4 years ago

Please, what is the melting point of vegemite?


julie 4 years ago

My favourite - poached eggs on top of toast & vegemite !


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Years ago, (back in the early 1980's) when my youngest was in the San Francisco Girls' Chorus, we hosted a couple of Aussie girls who were part of the Sidney Linnet Girls' Choir, which was on tour. Among other items in their hostess gift packet was a jar of this Vegemite stuff.

We tasted it, and mind you, I'm not one to slather on a great dollop of something new--I'll try a teeny taste--and even at that, I hated it. It was all I could do to remain polite.

It must, indeed, be an "acquired taste," and I'm of the mind that life is too short to waste time forcing yourself to keep trying to eat something you don't like to try and 'learn to like it.' There are so many other options... ;-) I wish I had realized back then it could be used as vegetable stock; I wouldn't have tossed it out.

Great hub, though--very interesting and full of ideas and awesome photos!

Voted up, interesting and useful...(and thanks for the follow!)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I've seen Vegetime at our supermarket and now I'm geared up to try it after reading your hub! I especially like the idea of using it with veggie sandwiches to give them more flavor (or avocado sandwich) and adding it to soup stock for more flavor. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Hmmm. Well, I am willing to try anything once. Vegetime sure does seem to be versitle. Thanks for sharing!


Sparky (calif) and ... 3 years ago

I have eaten vegamite before..the first time was yikes...hahaha Like a table spoon on small slices of really healthy whole wheat bread and peanut butta nad I am still alive...hahahaa yup..i could be an Aussie..I love you guys down under..yup...i like the barbie and its not the doll either...ok..I will make it a LOT thinner on my bread with some RAW Honey ok..Yum It sounds really good too...now that i got over the tongue culture shock...Thanks folks...I usede to dring Fosters but I stopped as I just dont drink any more...ok...? Good Luck There..Sparky


dave wilson 3 years ago

grew up on vegemite, and for me the thicker the better! may explain my love for dark beers too...


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GetitScene 20 months ago from The High Seas

Vegemite is the best! in fact, I'm going to have some right now!! Good grief how I miss cheesymites :(


Aaron 18 months ago

I use Vegemite in one of cheesecake recipes.....

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