Three Recipes for Vegetarian Nuggets

It often seems impossible to recreate crispy classic chicken nuggets. However, there are some vegetarian versions that preserve the flavor. They also imitate the chicken protein in a healthy way.
Three Recipes for Vegetarian Nuggets

Last update: 11 December, 2019

We know that in a world where meat always dominates in gastronomy, it’s not easy to find delicious vegetarian dishes. However, today we want to show you three recipes for vegetarian nuggets that you’re going to love!

Nuggets are a chicken-based food. They’re usually covered with a layer of wheat flour or bread crumbs before baking or frying. However, nowadays there are different types of recipes that have been created and tested. This way, vegetarians can enjoy lots of tasty meals.

You can now find variations of recipes for things like meatballs, nuggets, and even hamburgers. 

Find out how to make vegetarian nuggets with these three great recipes!

Three Recipes for Vegetarian Nuggets

1. Soy meat nuggets

The first thing that comes to mind when you think “vegetarian” is vegetables and salads. However, this recipe doesn’t need to imitate chicken nuggets to be delicious. They taste even better and are more nutritious!


  • 1/2 cup of tofu (100 g)
  • 1/2 glass of water (100 ml)
  • 4 drops of Tabasco
  • 1/2 glass of soy sauce (50 ml)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (15 g)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper (7 g)
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs (100 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil (45 ml)


  1. First, take a bowl and mix the soy meat with the Tabasco and soy sauce. Let the ingredients sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Then, in a separate bowl, mix the egg with salt and pepper and add it to the previous mix. Finally, add the bread and knead until you get a solid mixture you can manipulate.
  3. Then, make the shape of the nuggets. Make balls with the dough and flatten them. Put them on a tray.
  4. Finally, heat a pan with olive oil and fry your vegetarian nuggets until golden brown on both sides. Serve and enjoy.

2. Broccoli nuggets

Broccoli is a plant with lots of benefits for our bodiesIt’s rich in vitamins C and E, in addition to containing soluble food fiber. Additionally, it helps prevent diseases.


  • 1 carrot
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 beet
  • 1 cup of broccoli (100 g)
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt (7 g)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper (7 g)
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs (200 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil (60 ml)
Broccoli is a great vegetable to put in vegetarian nuggets.


  1. The first thing you should do is chop all of the veggies, except for the pepper. Boil them for 10 to 15 minutes until they soften.
  2. Then, place them in a bowl and crush them to a dough.
  3. Next, add the pepper, salt, bell pepper and olive oil. Knead well so that the ingredients are combined well.
  4. Then, store the mixture in the refrigerator so it settles and hardens a little. Leave it for approximately 15 or 20 minutes.
  5. After that time, remove it from the fridge and form the dough into the shape of nuggets.
  6. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and place some bread crumbs on a plate. Dip each nugget in the egg, then roll it in the bread crumbs.
  7. Finally, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry your vegetarian nuggets. Then, let them cool, serve and enjoy.

3. Cauliflower and cheese nuggets

This is another delicious variation of vegetarian nuggets. In fact, you can prepare them with any vegetable that comes to mind. You just need to mix and knead your ingredients well so you can turn them into nuggets later.

Cauliflower and cheese vegetarian nuggets are simple to make.


  • 1 cup of cauliflower (150 g)
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (50 g)
  • 1 cup of broccoli (150 g)
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (15 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper (5 g)


  1. To start, boil the cauliflower and broccoli over medium heat until tender.
  2. Then, place the vegetables in a food processor, along with the rest of the ingredients. Add them one by one so they mix well.
  3. Next, form some balls with the dough and form your nuggets. Place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Finally, put them in the oven for 20 minutes at 180ºC until golden brown.
  5. Let them cool, serve and enjoy a delicious vegetarian dish!
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