Egg Yolk Substitute

For my egg-free allergic friends, as well as the dairy-intolerant, I tried quite a few versions of vegan egg yolk substitute recipes today, none of which tasted like egg yolk to me. So, I gotta thinkin’…”What does egg yolk taste like?” I had some in the frig, and dipped my finger in it. It tastes like melted butter with a little salt. That was the easy part. I knew a little shortening and salt would create the flavor, but how was I going to make the right color. Well, adding some carrot juice (I just pureed some carrots with a little water in my small food processor, and strained it to make my own juice), makes it orange, but how was I going to make it yellow.

Some of my Facebook fans did like the idea of many of the vegan egg yolk substitute recipes, as they contained nutritional yeast (some were allergic to yeast, as well.) I did some digging, and though most say online it is not the same as regular yeast, and if you’re allergic to it, you’ll be fine. However, I found one doctor online who says there is a possibility that those allergic to yeast will have a reaction to nutritional yeast. Without knowing for sure, I decided to skip the nutritional yeast. I didn’t care for the flavor in this recipe anyway. I gave it try at least.

What did work well was turmeric powder. Yet it still wasn’t the right color. It needed something white added. I tried gluten free flours and starches, but they just left a powdery residue. I added non- fat milk and it wasn’t quite white enough, therefore, I added a tiny bit of heavy whipping cream. Meanwhile, minute by minute the mixture became thicker and thicker. I ended up increasing the water from 2 tablespoons to over 1 cup.

So, my conclusion is that rice milk or non-fat milk instead of the cup of water should be bring about the same color as the whipping cream. If the recipe below is not clear enough, just let me know. Meanwhile, enjoy your favorites again…hollandaise sauce, fettucine alfredo, or add a little to potato salad.

Egg Yolk Substitute


Yield: Makes over 1 cup.

Egg Yolk Substitute

An egg yolk substitute recipe which tastes identical to egg yolk! Need I say more? Make dairy or dairy-free. Does not contain nutritional yeast.


  • 3 Tablespoons shortening (I used organic palm shortening)
  • 5 teaspoons carrot juice
  • 2 teaspoons non-fat milk (or rice milk)
  • 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream (or substitute water for rice milk)
  • 3/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown rice syrup (or equivalent sugar or sugar substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum


  1. In a small prep bowl microwave the shortening to melt, about 25 seconds on high; set aside to cool.
  2. In a small sauce pan add carrot juice, milk, cream, salt, turmeric, and brown rice syrup; stir to dissolve.
  3. Add xanthan gum to shortening; whisk well; add mixture to pan; whisk rapidly; pour the milk or water in slowly, about 1 teaspoon at a time; and whisk rapidly to combine. Continue adding additional water or milk until the mixture reaches the consistency of egg yolk. (You can leave it thicker if desired. I did. Or perhaps just use 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum. Just remember, you must mix any xanthan gum with oil prior to adding it to a warm mixture.)
  4. Adjust color, as desired by adding additional carrot juice, but you cannot use more than 3/8 teaspoon turmeric; 1/4 teaspoon will do. You can barely taste it with 3/8.
  5. Use 1 tablespoon of this mixture to substitute 1 egg yolk.

9 Replies to “Egg Yolk Substitute”

  1. Hiya just stumbled across this.

    My boss doesn’t eat egg and i’d really like to make chinese egg tarts for her without the egg. They’re almost like a custard tart but super eggy and yummy. Do you think this would work okay in that sort of recipe? Just wondering about the consistancy. The real thing has a really velvety but fairly solid consistancy.


  2. In the recipe it says 2 teaspoons of milk, but in the method, it says to add the milk or water 1 tablespoon at a time – would you clarify this, please? :)

  3. Thanks for this. I often find recipes that sound really good until the egg part. I use an egg replacer, but a recipe this morning called for 1 egg and 1 egg yolk. Not being too savvy, I wasn’t sure if it would make a difference. As I will only need 1 egg yolk, can the remaining 3 or 4 T. be frozen? I thought I might be able to put a tablespoon in ice-cube tray containers. Thanks.

  4. In your instructions, it says, “In a small prep bowl microwave to melt, about 25 seconds on high; set aside to cool…. ”
    I assume you mean the shortening?
    Interesting, I’ll have to try it.

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