Homemade 'Vegemite'

By Jess Smith

Vegemite is an iconic Australian spread that is rich and salty in flavour. There is no doubt it is an acquired taste, but for those that have grown up with Vegemite, it is really hard to live life without it! Once you leave Australian waters you also sail away from the supply of Vegemite, so I was so happy to discover this homemade gluten-free version. The flavour is slightly softer, the ingredients are healthier and it takes 2 minutes to make!

Home made Vegemite


1/2 cup tahini*

3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

* use black tahini paste for the traditional darker colour of Vegemite otherwise hulled tahini paste is fine & is usually what I use as it's what I commonly have on board!


  1. Put all ingredients into a jar and mix well to combine. The smooth thick paste is now ready to spread onto a cracker or piece of bread, paired with a little butter if you're treating yourself!

  2. Store in an airtight jar in the pantry for up to 3 months.

Makes one small jar

Ingredients for DIY Vegemite

If you have yet to introduce the wonders of Vegemite into your life I would recommend spreading it onto a cracker or slice of toast as a quick and easy snack. The umami-rich flavour is my go-to when underway and feeling queezy!

Jess Smith Although she grew up in the central Australian desert, salt water has always been in Jess' veins. A keen diver, fisherman and kite surfer, sailing only came into the ocean repertoire more recently when Jess & her hubby traded in their corporate jobs and city lifestyles for a life off-grid, on-water, on their adventure vessel SV Nebula . Jess now can't imagine life any other way! Jess says that a wonderful bonus to the cruising life has been the constant friendliness & generosity among the cruising community and she's excited to give back in a small way via The Wholesome Sailors.

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