Start your day off right with this Vegan Eggs Benedict with avocado - made to perfection with seasoned tofu and homemade vegan hollandaise sauce.
Who loves to brunch?!
I do! I do. One of my favorite ways to start off a weekend day is with a nice big vegan brunch.
When I first moved to this city, over a decade ago, I discovered the amazingness of vegan brunch. Before coming to Portland, my options were limited. If I was lucky, I may be able to find a place with a breakfast burrito minus the egg. Then, just as I was about to despair, I found myself in the vegan mecca of the world. It is here that I learned about all the amazing vegan brunch foods that I never knew were possible.
One of my favorite brunch foods has been the tofu benedict. I am a fan of savory through and through and I love the combination of fresh vegetables, eggy tofu, and sweet and creamy hollandaise sauce.
This is vegan comfort food at its finest.
Recommended Ingredients & Equipment
Ingredients & Substitutions
- English Muffins
- Tomato - Use a steak tomato or large Roma tomato.
- Extra Firm Tofu - Look for high-protein extra-firm tofu. This particular tofu does not need to be pressed. If you can only find water-packed tofu, make sure to thoroughly press out the water with a tofu press. Softer tofu will crumble and not give you the same chewy texture.
- Oil - Use a high heat oil. I recommend avocado or coconut.
- Nutritional Yeast
- Salt and Pepper
- Mixed Greens - You can use mixed salad greens, spinach, or arugula.
- Vegan Hollandaise Sauce - This recipe is a mixture of vegan butter (look for a high-quality butter like Earth Balance), all-purpose flour, non-dairy milk (I recommend soy) nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
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How to Make Vegan Eggs Benedict
When it comes to veganizing eggs benedict, there are two things we must recreate: vegan egg and vegan hollandaise sauce. Let's first take a look at the hollandaise sauce.
Step One - Make the Hollandaise Sauce
Traditional hollandaise sauce is made with butter, eggs, lemon, and salt and is considered one of the 5 basic sauces in French cuisine. To make vegan hollandaise sauce, we need to sub out the butter and eggs. For the butter, I used Earth Balance buttery sticks. Easy peasy.
It took a little more trial and error to replace the eggs. Eventually, I discovered that by making a paste with flour and butter, I was able to form a roux. From there, I added non-dairy milk to create a thick, rich, and golden sauce. Once the sauce had the perfect creamy texture, I removed it from heat and flavored it with lemon juice and nutritional yeast.
This silky smooth, incredibly rich vegan hollandaise sauce is incredible!
Step Two - Make the Tofu "Eggs"
The second step in vegan eggs benedict is making vegan eggs. Traditionally eggs benedict are made with poached eggs. To replicate the texture, I used pan-fried firm tofu. Medium tofu works as well but avoid extra-firm tofu as the texture is too tough.
This tofu is lightly crispy on the outside, and melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. It is flavored with salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast for a delicious egg replacer. While it won't fool anyone into thinking they are eating eggs, it is a delicious tofu alternative that everyone loves!
Step Three - Assemble and Serve
To assemble these tofu benedicts, start with a toasted English muffin. Top with mixed greens and a thick tomato slice. Add sautéed tofu, hollandaise sauce, and avocado. To be extra decadent, add some vegan bacon to your vegan benedict.
Serving and Storing
Serving - Once assembled, these tofu benedicts should be eaten immediately. Serve tofu benedict as part of your brunch with fruit, potatoes, and a Bloody Mary.
Storing - Leftover hollandaise sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to use, gently reheat it over the stove or in the microwave.
More Vegan Brunch Recipes
- Vegan French Toast
- Lemon Blueberry Scones
- "Huevos" Rancheros
- Vegan Biscuits and Gravy
- Shiitake and Caramelized Onion Quiche
Vegan Eggs Benedict
- To make the Hollandaise Sauce, place vegan butter in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Add flour and whisk until it forms a paste. Slowly add milk, whisking continuously until well combined. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking frequently, until sauce begins to thicken (about 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat and add nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and seasoning. Stir together. Set aside.
- Next, make the tofu. In a cast-iron skillet, heat avocado oil over medium heat. Slice tofu ½ inch thick and sprinkle each side with nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Place tofu in a pan with hot oil and pan-fry on each side for about 4-5 minutes, until browned. Remove from heat.
- Slice the English muffin in half and toast. Top each muffin with a small amount of mixed greens and one tomato slice each. Place pan-fried tofu atop each tomato and smother with Hollandaise Sauce. Finish with sliced avocado and serve immediately.