Vegan substitute for anchovies

I have a number of recipes that include anchovies--they're there for the umami and not recognizable as fish. But I have to leave them out if there are vegans at the table. Does anyone have a good substitute?

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Cynthia T. August 13, 2019
Use the liquid from reconstituted dried mushroom. Add a little soy sauce. Amounts very based on how much you need/ how many mushrooms but you really can’t go wrong. Boil to reduce if you need thicker/richer.
 
Margaret M. June 7, 2019
Umeboshi paste has a complex umami flavor and is used by chefs to replace anchovies. There are so many other great ideas to try here.
 
Rockstargirl April 25, 2017
I have used olives and capers, specifically olive tapenade. It worked nicely in a Caesar dressing
 
NuMystic April 21, 2014
Seaweed (Kombu, Nori, Hijiki, Dulse, or Wakame) + Tamari + Capers Brine will offer exactly the salty, fishy, briny umame flavor profile ground anchovies bring to any recipe.
 
maw January 11, 2012
Try A -1 sauce
 
linzarella January 11, 2012
You might find a way to incorporate nutritional yeast into the recipe. It sounds hippie dippie, but it's actually really good and savory.
 
susan G. January 11, 2012
I've used tamarind as part of a 'Worchestershire" substitute, so that may be at least a part of an answer.
 
hardlikearmour January 11, 2012
Vegan Worchestershire sauce might also work.
 
KLL5 January 11, 2012
Braggs Amino Acids also have the super condescend salty flavor
 

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sandyms January 11, 2012
Some possibilities
seaweed: smoked dulse, and nori strip
miso, briny olives and capers
 
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