Love it or Hate it, it’s Marmite Porridge

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Marmite porridge

You know what they say about Marmite… you’re either going to love it, or hate it. I’m a “love it” kind of girl. I dip veggies in it. I spread it on toast, on it’s own. I spread it on toast with peanut butter. I put it into oats.

Wait, what?

Marmite porridge

Yes, I eat marmite porridge and I’m not afraid to blog about it. I’ve mentioned it a few times before, especially on my Instagram where I’ve even shared the recipe before. I make it so often, I thought it deserved it’s own post! As much as I love my sweet oatmeal…. sometimes savoury is just the only thing that will hit the spot!

So, I guess, you want to know how on Earth I came to start eating something as bizarre as Marmite porridge? I already eat savoury flavoured oats in my go-to curry porridge and cheesy oatmeal, so really, the leap wasn’t as big as you’d think.

It all came about after I noticed my OH had an annoying habit of saying a jar on marmite was finished when actually there was a good teaspoon or two stuck in the jar. I started by using it as a convenient vegetable dip for longer items like carrots or celery, which I could sort of swirl around the edges. And from that… a bit like the famous Missing Link… I decided that Marmite oats would be a brilliant idea. I mean, since I liked marmite on toast, and I already liked savoury porridge, what could go wrong?

Marmite porridge

When to eat Marmite porridge?

Because well, it’s savoury. When does one eat savoury porridge? Normally it’s sweet, laden with jam, or chocolatecoconut or even dessert flavours. I tend to eat this as a breakfast or easy office lunch, as I have access to a microwave. It could just as easily be a quick dinner too. It’s so versatile it’s practically a Swiss army knife.

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Marmite porridge

A unbranded confession

I don’t buy Marmite all that often. And yet we add yeast extract to the trolley every other week (at least!). How? Here’s my secret: I just get the supermarket own-brand stuff! It tastes just as good, is exactly the same colour, though the texture is a little different, AND is about 50 pence cheaper.

I’ve made “Marmite porridge” with branded Marmite, supermarket Yeast Extract, and branded Vegemite. They all work, so don’t worry about exactly what type you have in the cupboard – it doesn’t matter.

Marmite Porridge

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Marmite is a divisive topic! And Marmite porridge? Well that raises even more eyebrows... have you tried it yet?
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 277 kcal


  • 40 g oats ~½ cup
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 40 g frozen peas ~¼ cup
  • ½ courgette grated (~1 cup, packed), optional
  • 1 ½ tsp yeast extract *
  • 240-360 ml water 1-1 ½ cup **
  • pumpkin seeds for topping, optional
  • sesame seeds for topping, optional
  • nutritional yeast for topping, optional


  • Add everything to a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.
  • Season to taste and serve - I like mine with more nutritional yeast and baby plum tomatoes


  • * Any brand/non-brand will do, ie Marmite/Vegemite/your local supermarket
  • ** Depends on your oats and whether or not you are adding courgette. Start with the lower amount and add more as you see fit.
  • Nutritional information calculated with courgette at 120g
 Marmite porridge - though you can use any yeast extract, branded or not - is a vegan savoury oatmeal recipe that you have to try, at least once! Dairy free, gluten free.

3 thoughts on “Love it or Hate it, it’s Marmite Porridge

  1. Hello,
    are you sure about the sodium amount in this recipe?
    I thought the Marmite itself would bring some…
    Anyway, thanks for the recipe and the beautiful pictures! They are great!

    1. All the nutritional amounts are ‘guesstimates’ (it should say as much somewhere on the page) because it’s just what I get when entering the ingredients into myfitnesspal x

  2. I just googled this cos I thought about making a marmite porridge recipe and wanted to see if anyone had thought the same lol

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