What’s even in mayonnaise, anyway? While some condiments contain animal-derived ingredients, most are vegan! Of course, specific ingredients vary depending on the brand, but this quick guide shows you which condiments are usually animal-friendly and which you should be careful about.
✅ Generally Vegan Condiments
- A.1. Original Sauce
- Agave syrup
- Chili crisp or chili oil
- Gochujang (Korean chili soybean paste)
- Hoisin sauce
- Maple syrup
- Miso paste
- Rice vinegar
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Sweet chili sauce
- Toum (Lebanese garlic sauce)
- Zhug (Yemenite hot sauce)
❌ Check the Ingredients—Choose Vegan Versions of These Condiments
Many of these condiments may contain ingredients for which animals are harmed, so be sure to check the label.
Aioli is traditionally a vegan condiment made with just garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. However, many restaurants make it with eggs stolen from chickens. Try making the traditional version yourself at home, or add crushed garlic to some vegan mayonnaise for a quick copycat.
Chutney, a common condiment in Indian cuisine, comes in many variations. While vegan versions abound, some may contain yogurt or other ingredients derived from animals. Check with the restaurant to make sure the ones you use are vegan.
Curry sauces can vary widely, and some may contain animal-derived ingredients such as dairy or fish sauce. Double-check the ingredients to make sure they’re vegan.
Stealing the product of bees’ hard work isn’t cool. Leave them alone by buying vegan sweeteners instead. Agave and maple syrup are widely available options, and there’s also Vegan Un-Honey from The Single Origin Food Co. You can even make honey at home from dandelions or apples.
It’s super-easy to make a bee-friendly version of this condiment—simply mix regular mustard with a vegan sweetener like agave or maple syrup.
Although horseradish itself is vegan, the sauces made from it normally contain cream and sometimes egg. Follow Your Heart makes a dairy- and egg-free version, and you can easily make vegan horseradish sauce at home.
Kimchi may contain fish sauce or shrimp paste, but many vegan brands can easily be found at your local grocery store. Lucky Foods and Chi Kitchen are two brands that offer vegan options, and you can make vegan kimchi at home.
There’s no need for this condiment to contain eggs that have been stolen from chickens. Vegan mayonnaise is easy to find, and big brands such as Follow Your Heart and Best Foods are available in most grocery stores.
Nutella contains milk and whey, which makes it unkind to cows. These vegan Nutella alternatives are free from cow’s milk, and they’re delicious.
Oysters hide in their shells when they sense danger—leave these individuals alone and choose vegan oyster sauce options instead. This recipe for Vegan Oyster Sauce is packed with rich umami flavor from mushroom powder, coconut sugar, and soy sauce. Some brands, including Kikkoman, also make vegan oyster sauces.
Most peanut butter is vegan, but be sure to double-check the label for honey, which is used to sweeten some brands.
Ranch dressing often contains milk and egg and sometimes contains sour cream. However, there are many options for vegan ranch dressings and dips that don’t contribute to the suffering of cows and chickens.
This mayonnaise-based sauce is common in French and Creole cuisine, but you can easily make it egg-free with vegan mayonnaise. Try Bryant Terry’s Creole Rémoulade in his recipe for a Cornmeal-Fried Oyster Mushroom Po’Boy.