Guide to Egg Substitution: How To Substitute for Eggs in Recipes (2024)

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Guide to Egg Substitution: How To Substitute for Eggs in Recipes with Gluten Free Alternatives

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We know lots of households suffer from multiple allergies - and eggs can be one of the toughest products to avoid or substitute in recipes. Here's the G-Free Foodie Guide to Egg Substitution - we hope it will help you & give you some new ideas for eliminating egg.

Please keep in mind the flavor of your finished product when you're making a change, and think about why eggs are included - binding, rising, color - when you make a switch. Happy gluten-free and Egg-Free Cooking! Check out our Vegan Recipes for lots of eggless options, or use this guide to do your own egg substitution in any of our recipes.

Wet/Traditional Egg Substitutes:

  • Ener-G Egg Replacer - use the directions on the box (wet or dry)
  • Orgran No Egg Natural Egg Replacer - use the directions on the box (wet or dry)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon soy powder + 2 tablespoon water = 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon soy or coconut milk powder + 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoon water = 1 egg
  • 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 3 tablespoon water, whisked until it becomes gelatinous = 1 egg (best in cakes, breads, baked goods or pancakes)
  • ¼ cup mashed potatoes, applesauce, canned pumpkin or pureed prunes = 1 egg (consider taste profile of finished recipe)
  • 1 tbsp. plain agar powder dissolved in 1 tbsp. water, whipped, chilled, and whipped again = 1 egg white

Dry Substitutions for Egg:

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch = 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon arrowroot flour = 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon potato starch = 1 egg

Egg Replacement Tips:

• If a recipe calls for three or more eggs, it is important to choose a replacer that will perform the same function (i.e., binding or leavening).

• Trying to replicate airy baked goods that call for a lot of eggs, such as angel food cake, can be very difficult. Instead, look for a recipe with a similar taste but fewer eggs, which will be easier to replicate.

• Powdered egg replacers cannot be used to create egg recipes such as scrambles or omelets. Tofu can be a decent substitute for eggs in these applications.

• If you want a lighter texture and you're using fruit purées as an egg substitute, add an extra ½ tsp. baking powder. Fruit purées tend to make the final product denser than the original recipe.

• If you're looking for an egg replacer that binds, try adding 2 to 3 Tbsp. of any of the following for each egg: tomato paste, potato starch, arrowroot powder, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or instant potato flakes. (Be sure to consider taste profile of finished recipe)

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  1. Whitney says

    I love the Ener-g replacer, I haven't had a recipe yet that failed me (except for custards).


  2. Floating Feather says

    Thank you!


  3. Gluten Free Mama says

    Gluten Free Mama uses 1 Tbsp. Ground Flaxseed to 1/4 cup warm water. (versus 3Tbsp) We simmer it for about 5 minute over low heat until it becomes an egg like texture. This is equal to one egg.

    This is my favorite substitute for breads. For bread recipes calling for 2eggs, use T Tbsp. ground flax with 1/2 cup warm water and simmer per directions above.

    Enjoy eating Gluten Free!


  4. Susan Peters says

    Any recommendation for an egg substitute in mayonaise?


  5. Amanda says

    I have found a vegan "mayo" at Kroger in the healthy living section of food.


  6. Elle says

    There is a vegan egg replacement by a company called
    "The Vegg."
    Has anyone tried it?


  7. Melissa Jean says

    Thank you so much for this! I've posted the link on my Pinterest page for my followers!


  8. ally borland says

    Whole foods has a vegan mayo that I add extra flavors too so it takes more like mayo. It is pretty good.


  9. Lori Callahan says

    There is a product called Just Mayo that is to die for. It is gluten, egg, soy free. It's Delicious!


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