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?



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.
Marilyn May 20, 2020
How much Umeboshi paste to replace 4 anchovy filets?
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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