34 vegan takeaway recipes you can make at home

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Why order an expensive takeaway when you can make your own healthier version at home with one of the vegan takeaway recipes?


We love a good takeaway, but there are many reasons why you should have a go at making your own vegan takeaway recipes at home.

For starters, it will save you money as making your own meals from scratch is a great way to cut costs and it will be ready right when you want it so no more waiting around for the delivery driver to arrive with your food!

Making your own vegan takeaway meals at home is also much healthier as you know exactly what’s in your food and can adjust the ingredients just how you like them.

From vegan fish & chips to Chinese classics, making your own vegan takeaways at home is fun to do and helps to save the environment at the same time as your food won’t arrive in plastic bags or styrofoam boxes.

So this weekend, skip the takeout, save yourself money and make one of these tasty vegan takeaway recipes instead.

Vegan Chinese Takeaway Recipes

We Brits love a Chinese takeaway and spend more on these dishes than any other takeaway cuisine.  If you’re craving a big bowl of sweet and sour tofu or fried rice, give these vegan Chinese takeaway recipes a try. They’re lower in MSG and healthier without compromising on taste.

1. Jackfruit Duck Pancakes

This classic Chinese dish gets a vegan makeover using jackfruit to mimic the texture of duck in these vegan jackfruit duck pancakes. Serve with pancakes, cucumber, spring onion and lashings of Hoisin sauce for an authentic homemade takeaway dinner.

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2. Sweet and Sour Tofu

Who doesn’t love sweet and sour sauce? This tofu twist on the classic is ready in just 30 minutes and is much healthier than a takeaway. Serve with rice for an authentic experience.

3. Salt and Pepper Chips

Every good Chinese takeaway has salt and pepper chips on the menu. Ready in 30 minutes, these chips will make the perfect accompaniment to your epic Chinese feast.

4. Vegetable Chow Mein

This noodle dish can be on the table in 20 minutes, using whatever vegetables you have on hand. An absolute staple in a Chinese takeaway, you won’t be missing out with this recipe!

5. Vegan Fried Rice

The perfect way to use leftover rice, featuring crispy baked tofu, crunchy vegetables and a tangy sauce – an absolute winner.

6. Bao Buns with Pulled Jackfruit

Baos are a popular dish in China which range from the size of a dumpling to the size of a burger depending on which region you’re eating them in. Renowned for being light and fluffy, the perfect bao should be light, round and soft. It is more commonly known to be filled with pork, however, pulled jackfruit makes a brilliant meat-free alternative.

Vegan Pizza Recipes

Pizza is everyone’s go-to takeaway after a night out! With a million different ways to top them, it’s not hard to see why they’re one of the most popular takeaway dishes. These vegan pizzas are completely dairy-free, not that you’d notice with all of those tasty toppings.

7. BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

This pizza settles the age-old debate of whether pineapple belongs on pizza once and for all! The tangy mix of sweet pineapple combined with savoury BBQ sauce and creamy cashew cheese makes this pizza a taste sensation.

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8. Pizza Margherita

Sometimes we like to throw every topping we can on a pizza, other times we prefer to keep it simple and let the flavours of the ingredients do the talking. This classic Margherita pizza with a crisp base, fresh basil and melty dairy-free mozzarella is a timeless favourite that’s hard to beat.

9. BBQ Base Pan Pizza

Pizza… in a pan? This recipe saves faffing around with pizza trays by placing your rolled dough into the bottom of the pan, topping it with bbq and cheese, and sending it into the oven. With a creamy cashew-based homemade jalapeno mozzarella, you’ll never be buying your vegan cheese from the supermarket again.

10. Caramelised Mushroom Pizza

Caramelised mushrooms sit atop a beautifully fluffy yet crispy pizza dough with a creamy white sauce and fresh rosemary in this posh plant-based pizza you won’t want to share.

11. Stuffed Crust BBQ Jackfruit Pizza

Stuff yourself silly with this incredible stuffed crust pizza that will make you forget all about Domino’s. It features the perfect pizza base, melty vegan cheese and delicious toppings which you can customise until your heart’s content.


Vegan Fish & Chips Recipes

Fish and chips is a classic British takeaway that many enjoy on a Friday night. But with experts predicting that we may see fishless oceans by as early as 2048, it’s time to ditch the fish and look for plant-based alternatives. Thankfully there are lots of ways to replace fish so you can enjoy this Friday-night staple once again.

12. Battered Banana Blossom ‘Fish’ & Chips

Banana blossom has been soaring in popularity thanks to it’s flakey, meaty texture that makes it a great fish alternative. Give it a try in this Friday-night favourite – vegan banana blossom ‘fish’ and chips!

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13. Curried Fish and Chips

This one is a bit of a wildcard. Featuring curry-spiced wedges and banana blossom fish, and a sweet mango mayo for dipping, it’s sure to impress your partner for a special kind of fakeaway.

Watch the video on how to make it here!

14. Tofish & Chips

Tofu makes a brilliant replacement for fish in this tasty fish-free recipe, whilst seaweed adds an authentically fishy flavour.

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Vegan Thai Takeaway Recipes

If you love spicy food then Thai food is a must-try. Focusing on lightly prepared dishes made from fresh ingredients with strong aromatic components such as ginger and lemongrass, these flavoursome Thai-inspired dishes are a taste sensation.

15. Vegan Pad Thai

How could we not include the Thai staple of Pad Thai in this list? The classic dish is given a twist in this recipe with the addition of purple sprouting broccoli, coated in a rich peanutty sauce that tastes oh so decadent.

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16. Pineapple Fried Rice

The ultimate dinner centrepiece: pineapple fried rice… served in a pineapple! It’s fresh, sweet and perfect for using up leftover rice.

17. Thai Corn Fritters

Great as an appetiser dipped in sweet chilli sauce, these Thai sweetcorn fritters are simple to make. With just a touch of heat from Thai red curry paste, you’ll be addicted after just one bite.

18. Satay Tofu Skewers

These satay tofu skewers make another deliciously moreish appetiser. Although satay originated in Indonesia, Thailand claims it as their own, and you won’t be disappointed with these gorgeous pad Thai inspired skewers.


Vegan American Takeaway Recipes

Over the top and totally decadent, there’s a reason why American fast food is so popular! Although many of the most popular dishes centre around meat, we vegans have found some clever ways to make them meat-free.

19. Chorizo Style Seitan Hot Dogs with Caramelised Cider Onions

Packed full of amazing smokey flavours, these high-protein sausages are made with seitan which gives them a super realistic texture you won’t believe. Load them up with onions and mustard for a hot dog like you’ve never tasted before.

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Find out how to make them here.

20. Vegan Sloppy Joes

This lentil-based version of the classic American sandwich is best served with a side of creamy vegan mac and cheese. It all comes together in just 30 minutes, so crack open some American beers and get cooking!

21. Sticky BBQ Ribs

Let’s go all American with these sticky BBQ-glazed ‘ribs’ made from seitan. The rich and smoky homemade BBQ glaze will have you salivating, and the meaty texture could fool any meat-eater. Perfect served with some creamy mash or a hearty side of mac and cheese and cooling coleslaw.

Watch the video on how to make it here!

22. Philly Cheesesteak

Wrap your chops around the most delicious sandwich you’ll ever eat with this fully-loaded vegan Philly cheesesteak. This takes a little bit of time to prepare as you’ll make the seitan steak from scratch, but we promise it’s well worth the effort.

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23. Fried ‘Chicken’

Who needs KFC when you can enjoy some cruelty-free CFC instead! With a meaty interior and a super crisp fried out layer, this vegan chicken tastes just like the real thing.

24. The Big Zac Burger

McDonald’s are seriously behind when it comes to their vegan menu options but luckily inventive vegan chef Zac Bird has created this magnificent copycat Big Mac recipe that makes the original pale in comparison.

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Vegan Japanese Takeaway Recipes

Take your tastebuds on a journey to the Orient with these Japanese-inspired vegan recipes. From curries and fried rice to savoury pancakes, these umami-rich recipes will make you salivate.

25. Vegan Katsu Curry with Tofu

It’s everyone’s favourite Japanese dish: the katsu curry. This rich spiced curry sauce is served with sticky rice, crispy breaded tofu and a green salad for an authentic feel.

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26. Okonomiyaki: Savoury Japanese Pancakes

Literally translated, Okonomiyaki means “as you like it,” and “grill,”. Traditionally, this savoury pancake is made with eggs and shredded cabbage, but this plant-based version features jackfruit and coconut bacon which make it so unbelievably tasty. Top with vegan mayo or some spicy sriracha if you like it hot.

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27. Pink Oyster Mushroom Maki Rolls

These Pink Oyster Mushroom Maki Rolls are the perfect pretty dinner if you’re feeling creative. The beautiful pink colour is achieved with natural colouring from pink pitaya.

28. Hibachi Style Japanese Fried Rice

This irresistible Japanese fried rice combines traditional ingredients such as sake and soy sauce with crispy tofu ‘bacon’ to create something really special. It’s buttery, savoury and a little boozy – what more could you want?

Vegan Indian Takeaway Recipes

When it comes to vegan and vegetarian takeaway food, few places do it better than Indian curry houses. However, you’ll often find that Indian dishes use non-vegan ingredients ghee or paneer which can easily be recreated at home using vegan ingredients with far fewer calories.

29. Butter Tofu Curry

Perhaps the most uncharacteristically vegan Indian dish, this tofu version of Butter Chicken curry will satisfy all your takeaway cravings from your own kitchen.

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30. Vegetable Biryani

This veg-packed biryani is perfect for an Indian fakeaway. Spiked with garlic, chilli and spices, you’ll be amazed at how good a healthy dish can be.

31. Vegan Korma

It wouldn’t be an Indian round-up without the classic Korma. With a lightly spiced, creamy sauce this dish is perfect for those who can’t handle the heat.

32. Easy Vegan Naan

The perfect accompaniment to any curry – the humble naan. Made using just 7 ingredients, the dough takes a long time to rise but is definitely worth the wait.

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33. Speedy Vegetable Dhansak

Packed with protein, fibre and complex carbs, this wholesome vegetable dhansak is a deliciously healthy option for a quick and easy evening meal.

34. Tikka Masala

Swap out the chicken for tofu in this perfectly spiced, creamy curry that tastes 100 times better than the takeaway version.

Still don’t feel like cooking? Discover the UK’s best vegan takeaways here. 

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