Here at Quorn, we believe good food does great things and that’s why we have been working on expanding our vegan range, alongside our veggie classics.
In our Vegan Range, you can now find Quorn Battered or Breaded Fishless Fillets, Hot and Spicy Burgers, Vegan Nuggets, Escalopes, Pieces and Fillets alongside a selection of vegan deli items including Quorn Pepperoni, Quorn Smoky Ham and Chicken Free Slices. View our full Vegan range here.
Mycoprotein is the chief ingredient common to all Quorn products and is a unique, nutritious and sustainable vegan protein source that can contribute to a healthy, balanced vegan diet.
- Mcoprotein is high in fibre and protein
- Mycoprotein is low in fat and saturated fat
- Mycoprotein contains no cholesterol
- Mycoprotein is a good source of vitamins and minerals (such as zinc and folate)
- Mycoprotein has a 90% lower carbon footprint than beef and 70% lower carbon footprint than chicken, so it’s good for us and good for the planet too!
How is it made?
Mycoprotein is made by fermentation of the naturally occurring fungus Fusarium venenatum and replicates the taste and texture of meat really well! This means we don’t have to miss out on the meals with love as we start to reduce our meat intake or remove it altogether!
We use the age-old method of fermentation, but on a large scale – in tall, highly specialised fermenters, similar to what you would find in a brewery! This produces a mycoprotein paste, or ‘dough’, which is then seasoned and mixed with plant protein for our vegan products (we use free-range egg white in our veggie products) and it's this that helps to bind the mix. It is then simply steam cooked, chilled and frozen and it’s this careful combination of technical processes that make Quorn a much-loved meat-free alternative.
You can find out more about mycoprotein here.
Cooking with Quorn hints:
- Quorn doesn’t require the same amount of cooking time and energy that meat does. There’s no need to fry Quorn off first or defrost it in advance... Our Senior Home Economist Kate Snow recommends adding Quorn straight from frozen into your sauce, 10 or 15 minutes before the end!
- You may have realised that when you have previously cooked chicken, it leaches out water, however, Quorn Pieces does the opposite and instead absorbs the sauce. Therefore, you may find that you need to add more liquid and less thickening agent.
- Quorn soaks up flavour incredibly well so you can guarantee that your dish will be bursting with flavour when you opt for Quorn. We highly recommend kicking off with a Quorn Chow Mein made with Quorn Vegan Pieces or if you’re looking for fakeaway inspo how about our Spicy Tacos made with Quorn Vegan Spicy Tortilla Escalopes or some delicious Asian-Style Vegan Skewers made with Quorn Vegan Pieces?
Ready to get started on your vegan adventure? Explore all of our tasty recipes right here.