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‘Liverwurst’ [Vegan]

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I confess that I really liked liverwurst in my pre-vegan days. Judging by the recipes and information online, I was not alone. I finally devised a vegan recipe very close in taste and texture, not only in my opinion but also of some real German testers. What's more, it's easy to make, can be frozen, and has a wonderful flavor. It makes good sandwiches too and is handy to have in the refrigerator for a quick meal or an appetizer (we like it on rye crisp).

With an easy addition, it can be turned into vegan braunschweiger (smoked liverwurst). If you used to like this German specialty, simply add a little liquid smoke to the blended mixture to taste, starting with a 1/2 teaspoon.

This recipe is seasoned the way I like it, but some German testers preferred to add a bit of ground cloves and cardamom.

'Liverwurst' [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


  • Dark sesame oil for oiling the pans
  • 1 (12.3 oz.) box extra-firm SILKEN tofu OR 12 oz. medium-firm tofu
  • 1 medium russet potato (about 4 oz.), scrubbed and cut into 1-inch dice (no need to remove the high-fiber peel!)
  • 1/2 a medium onion (about 2.5 oz.), peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, OR stone ground cornmeal, OR soy flour, OR chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • a few gratings of freshly-ground nutmeg
  • freshly-ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil two nonstick 5 3/4  x  3  x  2 1/8-inch fruitcake/mini loaf pans or an 8-inch round cake pan liberally with the dark sesame oil. Line the bottoms with baking parchment cut to fit. Oil the parchment, too.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender (preferably) or food processor and blend until very smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between the two prepared nonstick  fruitcake/mini loaf pans or the round cake pan. Smooth the tops evenly.
  4. Cover each pan with foil (oiled on the side that will touch the liverwurst mixture). Place the pans inside of an 8 x 12-inch shallow baking pan with about 1 inch of hot water in the bottom.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. Cool the liverwurst in the pans on a cooling rack until firmly set. Carefully loosen around the sides of the pans with a table knife and invert them onto a platter. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a week.
  7. If you would like to freeze the liverwurst, cut the cooled loaf/loaves into whatever sizes are useful for you, wrap well with foil, then place in a zipper-lock bag, seal and freeze for up to three months.


You will need two nonstick 5 3/4 x 3 x 21/8-inch fruitcake/mini loaf pans for this recipe. Alternatively, you can use a 8-inch round cake pan for the whole recipe.
Recipe Source: http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.ca/, From my book “World Vegan Feast: 200 Homestyle Recipes from Over 50 Countries” (by Bryanna Clark Grogan, Vegan Heritage Press, Aug. 2011)





Bryanna Clark Grogan, vegan 26 years, author of eight books, has over 40 years experience as a chef, teacher, and journalist. Among her titles are World Vegan Feast, Nonna’s Kitchen, Authentic Chinese Cuisine, The Almost No Fat Cookbook and the Fiber for Life Cookbook. She was recipe author for the book Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes. A teacher, lecturer and former newspaper columnist, her blog is at Vegan Feast Kitchen.



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31 comments on “‘Liverwurst’ [Vegan]”

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4 Months Ago

What is with all these negative comments? Even a lot of carnivores don\'t like liverwurst. So what? If you did, and you miss it, try any vegan version your heart desires. If every carnivore on the planet ate this instead of meat everyday for the rest of their lives, the world would be a much better place. Don\'t cram your narrow-minded concepts down anyone else\'s throats. They are not welcome or useful.

Melissa Smith
4 Years Ago

This is the craziest thing I have ever seen.

Veganism - They call us the "Black Sheep"
4 Years Ago

hahaha , that´s funny --- german approved ? :-)

Bryanna Clark Grogan
4 Years Ago

Fantasia, Agnieszka, Jillian, and Jorge-- the POINT of being a vegan is to not hurt animals! As a 26-year vegan, I'll venture to say that very few vegans became vegans because they disliked meat. If you don't care to eat meat substitutes, even healthful homemade ones, then, by all means, don't. But please don't judge others who enjoy vegan meat analogs, etc. and are sincere lifestyle vegans! "Vegans should remember that they are free to eat or not eat whatever they feel like, so why create divisiveness between themselves and other vegans? Let's be united to save the animals and our environment." From my essay on this subject: http://tinyurl.com/ksmz47y

Sabine Caldwell
29 Oct 2016

I completely agree, Bryanna. I am German and grew up eating some of the most disgusting meat things, that I loved, by the way. I don\'t eat animals because I love animals, not because I don\'t like meat. I always envied vegans that never liked meat to begin with -- much easier. I am happy that you created this and hope you are right about the flavor and texture. I ordered a whole bunch of vegan lunch meats online from Germany (and vegan pate!) and they have more traditional flavors than the American stuff. It\'s that important to me. The critics are just being snarky jerks.

El Banks
4 Years Ago

Meh, I loved liverwurst on crackers as a child. Now that I'm vegan I'd be happy to try this.

Claire Acerno
4 Years Ago

I looooved liverwurst, on some nice pumpernickle bread....someone make it for me!

Claire Acerno
4 Years Ago

YUMMMMM. i'm too lazy to make it though. sounds delish.

Jorge Orduna
4 Years Ago


Jillian Mae Drury
4 Years Ago

why do you need a a vegan version of this...that defeats the point!

08 Sep 2014

its sorry state we are in you and I we have nothing because you want not to invest in us as your father you have torn the heart and vibrated my blood , yet you resolve us as measure of silence for over 1/2 of your life span I,m sorry but , your last hug was i thought a beginning not an end , disrespecting our time will always make nothing out of what could have been but in the end you only take what love is given
fuck you daughter

Agnieszka Spuzak
4 Years Ago

who the heck want to make a vegan liverwurst??? I did not become vegan to replicate all meat flavors! Yuck

08 Sep 2014

I will not forgive you for the years not talking to me what so ever banning me form your life I will never forgive this act ever

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