This 3-Minute Marmite on Toast uses the umami British toast spread to elevate your toast, whether you make a marmite sandwich, or eat it per bread slice!

Marmite dripping from a knife onto a toast bread with vegan butter.

In this post you’ll learn:

Why You Will Love This Marmite Bread

  • ⌚ Done in just 3 minutes
  • 😋 This marmite on toast packs that umami into your breakfast so you can start your day with a tasty and flavorful sandwich/toast!
  • 🌟 A straightforward combo that is 100% underrated!
  • 🍽️ A good chance to practice mindful eating
    • There’s a lot of food that we can overeat but I find it impossible to overeat marmite haha. Which means it’s a great ingredient to practice mindful eating!
  • 🌱 This marmite bread is 100% vegan, so it’s also 100% vegetarian by default!
  • 🍴 I’ve included ALL the tips that I know to make this recipe foolproof and easy!
  • 🧠 If you’ve tried marmite before but regret having it, this recipe will change your mind.
    • The secret to using marmite is simple: a little bit goes a long way. Like, a looooong way. So a tiny bit is more than enough!
One slice of marmite toast on a white plate, with a knife with marmite on the bottom right.

What is Marmite Made Of?

Marmite (or vegemite) is made from the yeast that’s a leftover from brewing beer. It was invented by a German chemist, Justus von Liebig, but it was popularized in the UK, making it the famous British toast spread. It is also widely available in Australia and New Zealand.

Taste-wise, marmite spread is salty and packs a lot of umami and flavor, but is also a good vegan source of vitamins and minerals, as explained here in WebMD.


Just two main ingredients, with one optional ingredient for this marmite vegan toast.

Marmite, vegan butter, and whole wheat bread with labels.
  • Bread: Choose whole wheat for a nutrient-packed foundation with a hearty texture.
  • Marmite: The star of the show. This savory yeast extract infuses your toast with a distinctive umami kick.
  • Hummus, Vegan Butter, or Vegan Cream Cheese (optional): Creamy plant-based spread for an extra layer of richness. This will also help you get an even spread of marmite since marmite is sticky and can be hard to spread.
    • I highly recommend at least trying once with one of these spreads, then you can decide whether you’d like to keep on using them in your marmite toast!
Vegan butter, hummus, and cream cheese with labels on a white background.

What is Marmite Toast?

Marmite Toast is a simple and delicious recipe using toasted bread, slathered with a thin layer of Marmite, which is an umami-packed bread spread made from leftover brewer’s yeast. You can opt to use some butter, hummus, or cream cheese to make it more creamy. But overall, it’s a quick breakfast or snack, perfect for those who crave a unique burst of flavor.

Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1 – Toast

Toast the bread until they’re golden brown. They should be crispy on the outside, but still soft on the inside.

Three options to toast your bread:

  1. Use a toaster.
  2. Bake in the oven at 350°F or 180°C for 2-3 minutes. You can also use an air fryer to toast it!
  3. Toast in a pan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Four slices of bread toasted on a baking sheet.

Step 2 – Spread hummus, butter, or cream cheese

Start by using a knife to spread a thin layer of hummus, vegan butter, or cream cheese on your toast.

Opt for hummus for a whole food plant-based version and for optimal health benefits, which I btw have a recipe for in this 5-Minute Hummus (No Garlic) post. But feel free to use some vegan butter or cream cheese if that’s what you have at hand.

You can see how they differ in the picture below. The one with hummus tends to spread better, but although hummus is delicious, it’s definitely not a neutral flavor.

Step 3 – Marmite Time!

Dip a butter knife into the Marmite jar, letting the excess drip off. Spread a really really thin layer on the buttered toast, ensuring some parts are not covered by the marmite.

You do NOT want an even spread since if you see an even dark brown color on your bread (from the marmite), it’s a sign that you’ve put too much marmite. It’s definitely DIFFERENT from when you’re spreading a jelly or peanut butter on your bread.

Serve either as a marmite sandwich or enjoy them open-faced. Either way, you’re in for a delightful treat!

Top Tips

Just two tips:

1. Refer to the pictures below to check how much Marmite you want to be putting on your toast.

Hint: it’s a VERY thin layer, and you do NOT need an even spread Marmite. Remember that a little bit goes a long way and you can always add more later if you would like.

2. First spread your marmite in a zig zag manner (left picture below). Then use the knife to spread the marmite further from side to side. This will make spreading your marmite much easier!

How to Eat Marmite?

The easiest way is to spread a very thin layer on toast, crackers, or bread. If it’s your first time, go easy – Marmite’s intense flavor can be an acquired taste. And when I said “very thin”, I really mean veeeeery thin (refer to the pictures above). You can also try it with butter, hummus, or cream cheese to balance the richness.

Once you’re comfortable with the spreads, you can experiment by adding a little bit to stews and pasta. It packs a lot of flavor and umami, so it’s perfect for savory dishes.

Marmite On Toast: With or Without Butter?

I am personally ok with eating my toast without butter, but I do have to say that the marmite is a bit hard to spread and I don’t get an even spread. But since both butter and vegan butter are highly processed food, I don’t eat it often and wouldn’t buy a box for myself.

With butter, the marmite spreads much easier and evenly. For a healthier option, I recommend using a thin layer of hummus. Be sure to only use a very thin spread so that the hummus won’t overpower the taste too much.

A slice of marmite bread with butter on a white plate, with a knife with marmite on the bottom right.

What Goes Well with Marmite on Toast?

Serve your marmite toast with a nice hot cup of tea, or coffee for breakfast. They also make great snacks.

If you want to make it heartier, you can add some cheese to make a Marmite Cheese Toast. Feel free to also add some greens in between, such as spinach or rucola / arugula. Or make it gourmet by adding some Caramelized Onions and Mushroom.

Other vegetables that could be great options are avocados, tomatoes, pickles, or herby greens. Speaking of avocado, you might like my Avocado Bagel Sandwich recipe here!

For more spreads that you can add to your toast, try using some of my 3-Minute Oil-free Vegan Mayonnaise, this Smoked Paprika Aioli, or this Yuzu Aioli / Yuzu Mayonnaise for a tangy kick.

Storage and Meal Prep Instructions

Storage: This Marmite on Toast recipe is best served fresh. But if you’d really like to, refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Note that the toast might change its texture a little bit so re-toast it a little bit so you can serve it warm and get some of that crisp back.

Meal prep: I would NOT meal prep this since it only takes 3 minutes to make and this marmite toast tastes way better when fresh.

Two slices of marmite bread on a white plate, with two more white plates on top and a beige napkin.


How much marmite to put on toast?

A very very thin layer! You do NOT need an even layer, since an even layer likely means that you’ve put too much marmite.

What goes with marmite on toast?

Marmite on Toast pairs wonderfully with toppings like avocado, tomatoes, and even leafy greens for a boost of nutrients. They also pair well when combined with a thin layer of butter, hummus, or cream cheese.

If you’re adding a lot of toppings, consider serving it as a marmite sandwich!

Is marmite on toast healthy?

Yes, Marmite on Toast can be a healthy choice. Marmite itself is rich in vitamins & minerals and low in calories, and when paired with whole wheat bread, it can be part of a balanced and nutritious meal. If you’d like to read more about the nutrition info, I recommend checking out this article from WebMD.

One thing that often makes it unhealthy is if you use butter since butter is highly processed. As an alternative, use a very thin spread of hummus to substitute the butter.

Two slices of marmite on toast with butter on a white baking paper.

Want More Similar Recipes?

If you’re from the UK or Australia, you might like my Weetabix recipes! Try either this Weetabix Cake Loaf, or this Weetabix Overnight Oats Cheesecake (Berries + Biscoff variation)!

If you’re a fan of bread, check out this Healthy Olive Oil Garlic Bread, my Garlic Pita Bread, or my Hummus Bagel recipe.

Prefer a sweet breakfast recipe instead? Then check out my viral Flax Seed Pudding recipe (with 3 Variations!) or my Baked Oats without Banana (5 variations!) recipe.

Vegan marmite toast with the marmite dripping from a knife.
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Marmite on Toast / Sandwich (British Toast Bread Spread, Vegan)

This 3-Minute Marmite on Toast uses the umami British toast spread to elevate your toast, whether you make a marmite sandwich, or eat it per bread slice!
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time3 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Australian, British
Keyword: how to eat marmite, marmite bread, marmite on toast, marmite sandwich, marmite toast, marmite vegan
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Jem @ The Fruity Jem


  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 Tablespoon hummus, vegan butter, or vegan cream cheese optional
  • ½ teaspoon marmite


  • Toast: Toast the bread. If you need more info on how to do this, check the recipe note below.
  • Spread: If you're using hummus, butter, or cream cheese, use a knife to spread a thin layer to your warm and freshly toasted bread.
    I like to spread only a thin layer but feel free to add more if you like it that way.
  • Spread marmite: Dip your knife into the marmite jar, take it out and let the excess marmite drip. Then spread a very thin layer of marmite onto your buttered toast. You want a very thin layer such that you can still see some parts that are not dark brown (you do NOT want your toast to be fully covered with marmite). Refer to the pictures above to see how it's supposed to look.
  • Serve: Either close them up to make a sandwich, or eat the slices open-faced. Both are delicious!


  • Three options to toast your bread:
    • Use a toaster
    • Bake it in the oven for 2-3 minutes at 350℉ or 180℃ until golden brown. They should be crispy on the outside, but still soft on the inside.
    • Toast it in a pan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  • Refer to the pictures in the blog post above to check how much Marmite you want to be putting on your toast.
    Hint: it’s a VERY thin layer, and you do NOT need an even spread Marmite. Remember that a little bit goes a long way and you can always add more later if you would like.
  • The calorie count displayed is based on using hummus. It will vary depending on the spread you’re using.