This easy Vegan Stuffing recipe is here to remind you of the good food that’s coming to a table near you. If you’re ready for a quick and easy vegetarian stuffing recipe to add to your delicious easy vegan dinner recipes, this is the one for you! Of course, you’ll want this recipe for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner as well! See my tips for best vegan stuffing brands too!
If you want simple vegan dinner and side dish recipes to serve with vegan stuffing, check out this Vegan Seven Layer Salad or my Healthy Vegan Yogurt Ranch Dip served with carrot sticks or veggies which makes a perfect appetizer for a big day!
What do you call this dish? I love this article from Southern Living on the Debate between whether to call it dressing or stuffing!
Why You’ll Love this Easy Vegan Stuffing Recipe
My mom always made the best homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving. It was served in a huge casserole dish so we’d have leftovers, at least for the next day.
My mom put a LOT of work into that recipe. She’d make the cornbread from scratch and she’d search far and wide for the best kind of sage to add as a seasoning.
I used to do all of that too, especially after we adopted a vegan lifestyle. And then, one day, I discovered a way to make a simple vegan stuffing.
The good news? This recipe takes less than 30 minutes. Perfect!
Dairy Free Meatless Stuffing
To make your stuffing dairy free and meatless, do the following:
- replace the turkey or chicken broth with vegetable broth
- use vegan butter or olive oil in place of dairy butter
- use a Vegan Cornbread recipe or purchase a dairy-free stuffing mix
- don’t add any meat like sausage or turkey.
You’ll notice I didn’t mention eggs above. Some recipes will call for eggs in the stuffing to help create a more bread-like finished product. However, eggs are not necessary.
How to Make Vegan Stuffing
I tried many ways to make the best vegan stuffing for you. And do you know what I decided was the best? I bought a vegan-friendly package of ready-to-make stuffing. I bought it, made a delicious easy vegan stuffing recipe from it, and quickly went back to the store and bought more.
Add vegan butter to a saucepan over medium heat and cook until the butter is melted. Add chopped onion and 2 stalks chopped celery and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are tender.
Add the vegetable broth and bring that to a boil. Once it boils, remove from heat and add the corn stuffing mix. Stir to combine. You can add more seasoning here if you want and go ahead and taste it to see if it meets your taste test.
At this point you could serve it as a vegetarian stovetop stuffing. It’s pretty tasty. I just happen to like to bake it like a casserole. So, once it’s ready, pour it into a casserole dish and bake for about 20 minutes until the top crust has some crispy peaks.
That’s it! You’ll love how easily this vegetarian dressing recipe comes together and the minimal ingredients.
My only word of warning? You might want to make a double batch so you’ll still have some leftover for your guests!
Use these tips and tricks to make this easy vegetarian stuffing perfect every time:
- I used vegan butter to make this a dairy free stuffing. Earth Balance works great and is available at a wide variety of stores
- If you’re keen to add more spices, these are the traditional stuffing spices I love to use: rubbed sage, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt and pepper.
- Add a half cup or so of fresh cranberries before baking to add color and flavor
- You could also add a 1/2 cup of sliced apples
- Add 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms before you bake it to make this into a vegan stuffing with mushrooms
- Include some vegan sausage crumbles to give it a heartier flavor
- Throw in a half cup or so of chopped walnuts before baking
- Drizzle some melted vegan butter over the top to make a crispier crust
- You can make it the day before and simply reheat before serving. The flavors of vegan stuffing just grow better over time, so you’ll be fine either way.
Vegan Stuffing Mix
When searching for store-bought vegan stuffing mixes, be sure to always read the label because sometimes manufacturers change their formulas. Currently, these are the stuffing mixes that are made without dairy, eggs, or lard:
- Pepperidge Farms Cornbread Stuffing Mix
- Arrowhead Mills Organic Stuffing Mix
- San Francisco Boudin Organic Sourdough Stuffing Mix
- Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing Mix
- Stove Top Signature Stuffing Mix
I’m pleasantly surprised to see so many options available these days!
You can always make your vegan cornbread stuffing from scratch, but this easy stuffing recipe is so tasty, I vote for keeping it simple! Yes!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Easy Vegan Stuffing
- ¼ cup vegan butter half a stick
- 2 stalks celery about 1 cup, chopped
- 1 large onion about 1 cup, chopped
- 2 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
- 14 ounce Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Cornbread Stuffing
- Heat your oven to 375°Spray the bottom and sides of a 9X13 baking pan or casserole dish.
- Heat the vegan butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add the chopped celery and onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Pour the vegetable broth over cooked onions/celery and give it a good stir. Cook over medium heat until this just begins to boil.
- Pour in the stuffing and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
- Add more seasoning – like dried sage, salt and pepper – to taste. Pour into your prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until the stuffing is golden and crusty on the top.