Marmite Meat(free)balls | Recipe

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Bit of a tongue twister there, right? But that just means this recipe tastes even more delicious.

I should probably disclose that this recipe is ideal for those who are firmly on the ‘love it’ side of the Marmite spectrum. The marmite certainly dominates this dish (in a good way 🙂 ) but means it’s definitely not for the fainthearted or the ‘I don’t know how I feel about marmite’ member of the family. Don’t worry, we all have one.

This recipe is based on Jamie’s Oliver’s Tofu Marmite Burgers which I love and have brought to another level by adding cheese. That’s right, marmite and cheese together, AKA my childhood, which was full of cheesy marmite toasties from Costa, anyone else?

So, for this recipe I’ve made, you need all the classic toasty components (bread, marmite and cheese) and also tofu. A great meat-free alternative packed with protein that I have been trying to add to my diet more frequently. To make this dish completely vegan, some great vegan cheese I recommend using are Violife and Applewood smoked cheese.


500g Tofu

2tbsp Marmite

½ tbsp of Olive Oil

½ tsp Garlic Granules

200g grated cheese of your choice

300g Breadcrumbs (Or a 2-3 slices of bread)


  1. Blitz the breadcrumbs in a blender until fine.
  2. Pour into a bowl and add the garlic powder.
  3. In a separate bowl break up the tofu into pieces with a fork then transfer into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  4. Next add the Marmite and combine, it may look a little odd, but I can assure you that lovely Marmite smell makes it all worth it (sorry, I think I love marmite a little too much).
  5. Now add the grated cheese to the mixture.
  6. Once all the ingredients are combined, collect the mixture and split into 12 and make these into meatball shapes.
  7. Place the meatballs on a tray and let them sit in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to allow them to stick together better.

8. Once out of the fridge, heat up a pan and once ready place the meatballs on the pan, cooking until each side is beautifully brown.

The Result:

I served mine with pasta, tomato sauce and of course, a little extra cheese sprinkled on top! Delish!

Fancy trying out some more tofu dishes, try my garlic breaded tofu recipe or for more recipes click here.

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