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Aussie Vegemite on Toast – The Right Way

17/01/2023

One of the most iconic Australian recipes, yet so easy to get wrong. Learn the RIGHT way to eat Vegemite on toast! You’ll only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes. Let’s do it!

A piece of vegemite on toast with butter and other toast in the background.

Why We Love This

You guys know we love anything umami, and Vegemite was our first introduction to this wonderous taste as kids. We’ve loved it ever since!

We feel like Vegemite on toast is the equivalent of the Windex cureall in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Typical Aussie Household:

  • Need a snack? Pop some toast on and slather it in Vegemite.
  • Quick brekkie to go in the car? Grab Vegemite on toast.
  • Don’t feel so good? Eat Vegemite on toast.

Whatever the hunger situation, vegemite toast is usually the go to. If it’s not toast, it’s a vegemite sandwich packed in your lunchbox, sometimes with a wedge or two of tasty cheese to go with it.

Related: Australian Fairy Bread / Aussie Damper

Three styles of plated vegemite on toast - plain, avocado and tiger style.

What is Vegemite on Toast? 

Vegemite on toast is a staple on the breakfast table in most Australian homes. From when we’re little kids to grown ups, it’s just as popular no matter how old we get. Alongside Weetbix, you’d be hard to find a more popular Australian dish at brekkie.

This recipe is for those that may not be familiar with Vegemite, and are wanting to learn how to eat it the right way. For all of our friends around the world, Vegemite is not like peanut butter.

If you see Vegemite smeared as black as tar on your toast – run far away! We’d bet there is only a very small percentage who could handle that level of the spread on their toast.

The right way to enjoy Vegemite is lightly scraped over freshly buttered toast. After eating it a few times, you’ll get to know the level of Vegemite that works for you. Just start small!

What You’ll Need

  • Bread – The classic bread to use is good ol’ slices of white sandwich bread. We personally love it slathered on a slice of fresh bread straight out of the oven! It goes just as well on a slice of rye sourdough as it does on a French baguette. So use whatever you have!
  • Butter – Salted butter is usually the go to here, or whichever butter or margarine blend you have in the fridge.
  • Vegemite A dark, yeast based spread. Very salty and umami in flavour, it can be an acquired taste or love at first bite! Easily available online these days if you’re not based in Australia. Use Marmite as an alternative or make your own.
Ingredients laid out ready to make vegemite on toast.

How to Make Vegemite Toast

First, gather your ingredients: See recipe card below for measurements.

  1. Toast your slices of bread to your liking.
  2. While hot, spread your butter on nice and thick.
  3. Using a butter knife, spread approx ½ tsp of Vegemite (Level 1 to start for beginners, more if you’re a veteran Vegemite lover), and lightly scrape over the toast.
  4. Take a bite. Love it? Enjoy! If the flavour isn’t enough, add a little more until you reach the desired level that works for you. See below for our levels.

Vegemite Toast Scale

A scale showing the different levels of Vegemite spread on toast.
  • Level 1 – Around ½ tsp of Vegemite, lightly scraped over the buttered toast. (Laura’s favourite).
  • Level 2 – Amp it up to ¾ tsp of Vegemite. (Sarah’s preferred amount!)
  • Level 3 – Getting up to 1- 1 ½ tsp of Vegemite is getting pretty high on the salty flavour scale. (Sarah calls this Dad level – he loves the toast burnt, and the Vegemite thick!)
  • Level 4 – 2+ teaspoons of Vegemite. Not for the faint of heart – this level is intense. Usually fun as a prank, but not enjoyable for most. We have never met anyone that eats this much. Let us know in the comments if you do, we’re SO curious!

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Be Quick – Once you spread the butter on, it can soften your toast. So it’s best to be quick and get the Vegemite on so you don’t end up ripping the toast apart.

FAQs

Does Vegemite need to be refrigerated?

Nope! It’s completely shelf stable, so in the pantry is fine.

Vegemite vs. Marmite

Vegemite is the Australian brand of yeast based spread. Marmite is the British and New Zealand brands, which are said to be the closest equivalents if you have to substitute them. They do taste slightly different from each other!

What is Vegemite made of?

Vegemite is a yeast based spread. Essentially, it’s made from the leftovers of brewer’s yeast with a few additions like salt and celery extract.

Variations

  • Vegemite Fairy Bread – We haven’t been game enough to try this, but apparently Vegemite fairy bread is a thing!
  • Skip the Butter – Slather a layer of cream cheese and then add your Vegemite for an extra decadent combo.
Two slices of vegemite on toast with different levels of coverage.

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Two slices of vegemite on toast on a grey plate.

Aussie Vegemite on Toast – The Right Way

One of the most iconic Australian recipes, yet so easy to get wrong. Learn the RIGHT way to eat vegemite on toast! You’ll only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes. Let’s do it!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 2 Slices
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread sub with your favourite bread
  • 2 tsp butter or to your liking
  • ½ tsp Vegemite aka Level 1, sub Marmite

Instructions

  • Toast your slices of bread to your liking.
  • While hot, spread your butter on nice and thick.
  • Using a butter knife, spread approx ½ tsp of Vegemite (for beginners, more if you’re a veteran Vegemite lover), and lightly scrape over the toast.
  • Take a bite. Love it? Enjoy! If the flavour isn’t enough, add a little more until you reach the desired level that works for you.

Video

YouTube video

Recipe Notes

  • Be Quick – Once you spread the butter on, it can soften your toast. So it’s best to be quick and get the Vegemite on so you don’t end up ripping the toast apart.
  • Vegemite Fairy Bread – We haven’t been game enough to try this, but apparently Vegemite fairy bread is a thing!
  • Skip the Butter – Slather a layer of cream cheese and then add your Vegemite for an extra decadent combo.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Aussie Vegemite on Toast – The Right Way
Amount per Serving
Calories
106
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
202
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
62
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
125
IU
3
%
Calcium
 
55
mg
6
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Aussie Vegemite on Toast - The Right Way

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