Egg Substitute – Kitchen Tips

For all the pure vegetarians and vegans out there (and people trying to save a few calories or those with egg allergies), this one’s for you! Try this wonderful egg substitute tip the next time you bake or need to replace an egg in a recipe. Of course, you won’t be able to make an omelet, but the possibilities are far and wide.

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0 thoughts on “Egg Substitute – Kitchen Tips

  1. Hi Hetal…. i just wanted to know if this flaxseeds mixture helps in making royal icing?? Will it change the taste and texture of the icing??
    Btw.. thanx a lot for the wonderful tip… i am a vegan,… helped me a lot 🙂

    1. Hi Indira,

      Flaxseed powder as a substitute for eggs works great in baking recipes. Unfortunately, for things like royal icing that use eggs as a primary ingredient, it does not work.

    1. Hi Bhavika,

      If you don’t use them much, they will be better off stored in the refrigerator. If you grind them into a powder, it must be kept in the fridge or freezer because the powder will go rancid very fast.

  2. Oh one other thing….sorry….you specifically said box cake mix or brownie mix, will this not work with home made cakes/brownies from scratch?

    Thanks again.

  3. Hi Ladies,

    I am finally ready to use flaxseed powder in place of eggs. Even though you were pretty clear, i still want to make sure about the proportions. If a recipe calls for 2 or 3 eggs, do I take 6 tbsp of water for 2 eggs and 9 tbsp of water for 3 eggs? Will this affect the taste of any of the baked product that require eggs or it will taste the same?

    Please advice. Thank you.

    1. Hey Pinal,

      The proportion is 1 Tbsp of Flax seed powder to 3 Tbsp of water for each egg. A large egg is approximately 4 Tbsp. So yes, to replace two eggs, you need 6 Tbsp of water and 9 Tbsp for 3 eggs. Usually, you will not taste the flax seed but you will see them as they are dark in color. This substitute works great for things like boxed brownie mix or cakes that have a lot of other things going on so you don’t notice the small flecks. It is very noticeable in white cakes. Also, if egg is a primary ingredient in the recipe (example: 3-4 eggs), I would not suggest you use this substitute. You may be better off with a store bought egg replacer.

      1. Thanks for the quick response. This brings me to another question. What is exactly a store bought replacer??? Will the store bought replacer not have eggs at all? I’ve been confused with this because every time I have checked, it was always egg whites that was used as egg replacer….which doesn’t make any sense.

        Thanks a lot for your help.

        1. Hi Pinal,

          Egg replacer is not made with eggs but has potato starch with other leavening agents. You are probably seeing just plain egg whites in a box (for people trying to control cholesterol and increasing protein in their diets). The benefit of using an egg replacer over flaxseed powder is that the replacer will not have the small flecks visible. I said “boxed” cakes (chocolate) and brownies because they are convenient but you can use it in homemade recipes as well.

  4. Hi Guys! My name is Poonam.
    I love your guys site! i am only 17 and been cooking lots of food! i will be baking soon! i have tried allo tikkis and they were great and i have tried few more things! all i can say is that you guys are amazing! but i have noticed that you guys have not posted any latest videos.PLease keep making videos! I couldnt find how to make browines! please if u can put that video as well! lots of love! 😉

  5. Hi ladies, I thought maybe some of your followers might care to know that flaxseed pwdr is also known as Flaxseed meal. It is found at grocery stores like Kroger etc. Remember to refrigerate it and use it up before it spoils. It doesn’t normally have a long shelf life.

    It can also be used in your baking… it is a great substitute for oils etc. I used it many times in muffins with a little yogurt in place of oil.

    Note, it does tend to brown your baked goods somewhat, so use it mostly in chocolate cupcakes or bran muffins etc… and oh how it tastes so good in them!

  6. hello ladies..

    for d flaxseed pwdr, do i hv to roast d seeds first n thn pound it??

    waiting for ur reply..

    deepal.. 🙂

      1. Hi,

        Thanks for the great tip. I wanted to test this tip for long time. Finally bought some flax seeds from local grocery store. powdered them in grinder and basically followed the instructions in baking a cake (readymade mix of betty crocker chocolate fudge)

        The result was not as per my expectations. but the saddest part was that the flax seeds had left bitter taste in the cake. I am sure i had made very fine powder if anyone suggest possible reason for error.

  7. P.S.: I am not sure whether its alrite if i post my query which is unrelated to the tip??…can you please let me know where can i post them…i am so happy that i found your website…i would like to interact more…:)

    Thank you so much….



  8. Dear Ladies,

    Great tip…can you please let us know whats the indian name for flaxseed?…and btw..i tried your recipe for paneer tikka (appetizers)…they turned out to be so good…i added a bit of tomato ketchup…and amchoor powder…and a bit rock salt…they add a nice flavour…this time i didn’t use tandoori masala coz of its unavailabilty…next time i’ll use that…and yes the colour of marinated suace wasn’t orange like yours..can you tell me why??…thank you so muchhh…

    Love and Regards,


  9. Hey Hetal & Anuja,

    Can we use this substitute while making pancakes? I use the bisquick mix and it requires 1 egg.


    1. Hi Sanchitha,

      Honestly, we have not tried it in a pancake recipe but if you try it (try a small batch), we’d love to hear your feedback :).

    1. Hi again Vinnie,

      No, you cannot use flaxseed in seasoning like cumin or mustard seeds. Flaxseed should not be exposed to high temperatures unless it’s a part of a batter (for example). It should not be put into hot oil or toasted.

    1. Hi Vinnie,

      We have never tried using flaxseed in home made pasta, but if you try it, we’d love to hear your feedback. (Be sure to try it on a small batch 🙂 ).

    1. Yes, you can substitute flaxseed powder for eggs in the ready made boxes. I have personally tried flaxseed powder in a box of brownies and it turned out great. The only thing I would like to mention is that (depending on how fine the powder is), I was able to see little flecks of the powder in the brownies. The taste was great though. You may have an issue with this if you are making a white cake…the flecks will be more prominent.

  10. Hi Hetal & Anuja,
    Me Somdutta a new reader of your site. I want to know, what is ‘Flaxseed powder’ and where shall I get it in my area.I stay in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. Is there any other name of it? Is there any other substitute for egg? If yes what and what will be its quantity? Eagerly waiting for ur reply. Thanking u.

  11. hi dear hetal and anuja,
    i love ur tips and always try them at home. i loved the pineapple tip. i love pineapples but never bought any myself cuz didnt know if it is good or bad one, but after watching ur tip i tried it and it worked perfectly thank you so much. you guys are great.

  12. Great Tip. Thanks ! Wanted to know where do u get flaxseed powder? Do u get it in Indian grocery stores? If yes what’s the equivalent Indian name for that??

    1. Hi Jayashree,

      You can find flaxseed (whole or powdered) at most health food stores such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Central Market, etc.

      1. Thank you for your quick response. BTW I made Rasmalai & Peda for Diwali this year. It came out just perfect. Thanks for sharing the recipe with video demo too. Wish you both a very Happy Diwali !!!!

  13. I like this tip. I could have used it 2 weeks ago I ended up substituting soy yogurt for the eggs.
    Also I want to ask for a demonstration on how to use the Premier Kitchen machine for wet and dry grinding. I’m interested in purchasing one but would like to see how it’s used first. Maybe put it on your list?

    Your website is so well put together and your both naturals at teaching…when can we expect a tv show or a book?


  14. great tip… and hetal, you look very cute in this video. thanks for the tip.

    just saw the tip on how to cut pinapple. so now i would like to request a receipe for pinapple juice.

      1. Hi Hetal, this is megha here from Mel. I must admit watching ur shows has become my favorite pass time and I thoroughly enjoy it….. Keep up the gr8 work!!

  15. My question is regarding boiled eggs. Boiled eggs smell really bad if eaten few hours later, is there a way we can prevent the horrible smell?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. YEs…when you boil eggs, after they are boiled, you should immediately immerse them in cold water. this helps in keeping the smell away as it avoids forming the bluish greenish ferrous ring on the yolk which is otherwise formed when you leave them in hot water.

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