Eating Vegan in Australia – Vegan Meat

By Sam Tucker, Australia and New Zealand Outreach Coordinator

I have a confession to make. I like the taste of meat.

I didn’t go vegan because I suddenly didn’t like the taste, I went vegan to stop the massive amount of cruelty involved in animal agriculture. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to meat substitutes, I’m a bit of a self-taught expert.

If you follow this blog, you’ve probably read about all sorts of vegan meats and other vegan products available in the US. But if you live in Australia, like me, you’ve probably also had some difficulty finding them. Whilst many of these products can be found at organic supermarkets and specialty stores, few can be found in your standard supermarket. Luckily here in Australia, we have our own range of tasty vegan foods at all supermarkets.

This new series of blog posts is aimed at helping people to eat vegan in Australia, and will include reviews and recommendations of animal-friendly products and restaurants.

To kick things off, let’s talk about some meat substitutes, all of which can be found at your local Coles or Woolworths.

Two brands you want to keep an eye out for (available at both Coles and Woolworths) are Fry’s and Vegie Delights. Fry’s entire range is vegan, and Vegie Delights mark their vegan products with a green ‘V’ in a circle.

Chickn Tenders
Vegie Delights “Chik’n Style Tenders” sandwich with avocado and BBQ sauce.

Vegie Delights make delicious “chicken” style tenders and burgers which can be found in the frozen section of your supermarket, as well as mince, sausages and a Sunday roast in the chilled section. In addition to being really tasty, these products are also packed with iron, protein, B12 and zinc.

Vegie Delights “Vegie Roast”
Vegie Delights “Vegie Sausage”

Fry’s make mushroom pies with chunks of vegan meat, crumbed schnitzels and banger-style traditional sausages, which can all be found in the frozen section of the supermarket. The schnitzels are my personal favorite, although the pies are also great to stick in the oven on those nights when you just can’t be bothered with cooking.

Fry's “Country Mushroom Pie”
Fry’s “Country Mushroom Pie”
Fry's "Golden Crumbed Schnitzels"
Fry’s “Golden Crumbed Schnitzels”

Another great brand of vegan meat is the Linda McCartney Foods range, although it’s only available at Woolworths. However they do make delicious vegan sausage rolls, pies, mince and burgers.

Linda McCartney “Vegetarian Sausage Rolls”

If you’re willing to venture away from Coles and Woolworths, Asian grocers generally stock a much larger range of vegan meats, including vegan duck, fish, prawns, ribs, chicken and more. If you’re looking for the kind of vegan meats that would fool even a die-hard carnivore, look no further than your local Asian grocer. Lamyong’s “vegetarian prawns” are particularly convincing, resembling not only the taste and texture, but also the appearance of the real thing.

Lamyong “Vegetarian Prawns”
Lamyong “Vegetarian Prawns”

Do you have a favorite Australian vegan meat? Share your opinion in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Eating Vegan in Australia – Vegan Meat

  1. Thanks Sam! Gardein is also available here now (in all states I think). IGA is where I get mine. It’s a bit pricey but worth it for a special treat .

  2. I just thought of another one – Ikea vegetable balls. You can use them in place of meatballs and they’re super healthy, cheap and delicious! They’re available in all Ikea stores (frozen) nationwide.

  3. hi Sam, great story!
    hi Louise, oh those ikea vege balls are HEAVENLY arent they!
    a lot of the VEGIE DELIGHTS products pictured above have recently changed their packaging. very nice too, but still the same trustworthy delicious goodies inside!
    i just finished dinner. sliced a scrubbed raw sweet potato into big thin slices or rounds, like bread slices…then toasted em! yep in the toaster! popped em down a couple times to get em to brown up nice and crispy on outside of the slices, and have the “inside” soft but firm, like when u roast it in oven.
    THEN i topped the toasted sweet potato rounds with mashed avo, a handful of baby spinach leaves then big fat slices of the VEGIE DELIGHTS vegie roast pictured above! (mine didnt have the rosemary glaze on, so i just brushed with soy sauce and sprinkled with cajun seasoning before tossing in the oven)
    looked exactly like the picture too!
    2 loaded “slices” satisfied my craving for a roast meat sanga, but it was heaps healthier (cheaper too) and best of all no animals were harmed for my feed.

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