How to Use Aquafaba (with recipes!) (2024)

Looking for aquafaba recipes? Learn how to use this amazing, vegan egg substitute in baking, breading, and beyond!

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Aquafaba is a vegan egg replacer that totally changed the world of vegan cooking. Not only does an aquafaba egg replace animal egg in recipes like a dream, it's basically free. Here's a guide to getting started with this magical egg replacer, plus some amazing aquafaba recipes!

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  • What is aquafaba?
  • How to use aquafaba
  • Tips for making vegan meringue
  • Aquafaba recipes
  • How much aquafaba per egg?
  • What kind of bean liquid will work?
  • Can you freeze aquafaba?

What is aquafaba?

Aquafaba was discovered by Goose Wohlt. It is just the liquid you'd normally drain and toss from a can of beans.

It turns out that bean liquid has a similar protein profile to egg, which makes it an amazing egg replacer.

How to use aquafaba

There are so many ways to use this all natural, inexpensive egg replacer!

Use it in any recipe that calls for one to two eggs. For something like quiche or an omelet, aquafaba alone is not going to work. You're better of using something like tofu or chickpea flour and following a tested vegan recipe.

I have used aquafaba with boxed cake mixes that call for three eggs. While it does work, your cake won't have exactly the same structural integrity it would if you used animal eggs or followed a tested from-scratch vegan cake recipe. It works well best if you're making a sheet cake, in my experience.

Here are some ideas for how you can use aquafaba:

  • in baking (see the first part of this section for caveats)
  • as a binder to make breading stick to baked or fried food
  • to make vegan meringues
  • to make vegan marshmallows and marshmallow fluff

Tips for making vegan meringue

If you're familiar with how to make meringues, these tips will help you make aquafaba meringues!

Sugar plus protein is what gives you stiff, shiny peaks. As far as I know, you need real sugar to make traditional meringue, whether you use it with egg whites or with aquafaba.

For a vegan meringue recipe, your ratio of bean liquid to sugar should be around one part liquid to 1 ⅓ parts sugar. You can get away with 1 ¼ parts sugar, if you prefer.

Start with a small amount of sugar. You can always add more sugar if you're not getting the stiff peaks you want! I see recipes that say to add the sugar after you have soft peaks, but I had success adding most of the sugar right from the get, then adding more as needed.

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Aquafaba recipes

OK, so those are the basics, but with anything new, it's nice to have recipes to jump off of. Below are vegan aquafaba recipes to get you started.

Aquafaba Meringue Cookies

These egg-free, aquafaba meringue cookies are light, crisp, and sweet. And they are so much fun to make!

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Vegan Lemon Meringue Gin Flip Recipe

This light, tart vegan lemon gin flipuses a secret ingredient that I bet you already have in your pantry. No special equipment required.

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Vegan Air Fryer Cookies Recipe

If you're craving cookies but don't want a few dozen sitting around tempting you tomorrow, single-serving vegan air fryer cookies are for you!

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Marshmallows and marshmallow fluff

Why buy expensive vegan marshmallow fluff at the store, when you can use Seitan is My Motor's five ingredient recipe?

This marshmallow party is pretty awesome, and Seitan Beats Your Meat (best blog name ever?) blew my mind with her homemade Lucky Charms.


Serious Eats uses aquafaba to create a super easy vegan mayo!

Pizza crust

Sarah from Fried Dandelions uses aquafaba to create crisp-yet-soft, perfect pizza crust.


Whip up that aquafaba into rich, creamy mousse! A Saucy Kitchen shows you how to use it to make chocolate mousse. If chocolate isn't your thing, try strawberry mousse or coconut mousse instead.

Whipped cream

For a Cool Whip-style vegan whipped cream, aquafaba is your friend! Try this amazing recipe from The Hidden Veggies.

Egg substitute for breading

Aquafaba is fabulous for getting breading to stick to things! It's what I use in my Avocado Fries:

Avocado Fries Recipe

Crispy, creamy, avocado fries use no added oil, and you can make them in the air fryer or in the oven. They're kind of like magic!

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Oil replacer

You can also use aquafaba as an oil replacer, when the oil is used as a coating to add crispiness or when it's being used to make flavoring or breading stick.

For example, I use aquafaba instead of oil to create crunchy, air fryer chickpeas and help the delicious ranch seasoning stick to them:

Air fryer chickpeas

Ranch seasoned air fryer chickpeas are a satisfying, healthy snack. They scratch that itch for flavor, crunch, and salt without the grease of a potato chip.

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Have you done any experimenting with bean liquid in place of eggs? I'd love to hear about your aquafaba adventures!

How much aquafaba per egg?

Replacing eggs with aquafaba is easy! In any baked recipe (or for breading), simply use 3 tablespoons of aquafaba per egg. If your recipe calls for a large egg, use 4 tablespoons (¼ cup).

You can use aquafaba in any baking recipe that calls for one to two eggs. Sometimes it will work in a three egg recipe, but I wouldn't push it further than that.

What kind of bean liquid will work?

As I mentioned above, this is for the liquid from canned beans only.

If you cook beans from scratch, you need to simmer the leftover cooking liquid until it reaches a thick, egg white-like consistency before you use it as an egg replacer. Once you simmer it to a good thickness, you can use it just like canned.

I have not tested every type of aquafaba out there, but I can tell you about the ones that I have used:

  • chickpea or white bean liquid - I consider these the gold stars. Use them with abandon! They're a neutral color, so your baked goods won't take on a tint. White beans aquafaba has a slightly milder flavor, which makes it best for something like a meringue.
  • pinto, red, or black bean liquid - As long as you don't mind a bit of discoloration, you can use these without issues. They work best in darker items, like muffins, quick breads, and breading.

Can you freeze aquafaba?

You can freeze aquafaba.It will keep for a few days in the fridge, but you can freeze it for up to six months. To freeze:

  1. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze completely.
  2. Pop out the frozen cubes and transfer to an airtight container to freeze long-term.
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Defrost overnight in the fridge or for about 30-60 seconds in the microwave.

Since one standard ice cube tray section holds two tablespoons of liquid, you can use two aquafaba ice cubes for one large egg.

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What is the best way to use aquafaba? ›

It adds fluffy texture and structure to foods, from pancakes to mayonnaise, and is popular in vegan baked goods like cookies and cakes and pizza dough. You can even use chickpea aquafaba to make a vegan version of classic co*cktails that normally use egg whites - these will be the star of the show at any vegan party!

What are the disadvantages of aquafaba? ›

Aquafaba Drawbacks

Saponins, the part of aquafaba that is responsible for the egg white-like texture and foaming, are a toxic steroid derivatives that disrupt red blood cells. They may even contribute to development of leaky gut by damaging the gut wall.

Can you use aquafaba straight from the can? ›

Using juice straight from the can is the easiest method, though slowly cooking dried beans in water for a few hours until the water turns to aquafaba will give you similar results. Even water from packaged tofu and peas is aquafaba!

What does aquafaba replace in baking? ›

As a general guideline, you can use aquafaba to replace one or two eggs in recipes for baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and muffins. Use 3 tablespoons of aquafaba per egg.

How long does aquafaba keep in the fridge? ›

How long can you keep aquafaba? Store unwhipped aquafaba in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Freeze aquafaba for months. For ease, consider freezing it in tablespoons in an ice cube tray.

Is aquafaba bad for IBS? ›

Avoid adding aquafaba to dishes if you have experienced symptoms previously. Use commercial egg replacer, linseed/chia seed or egg free xanthan gum to provide texture in recipes instead. Avoid the well-known bloat-causing vegetables such as dark green cabbage, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts.

What is the shelf life of aquafaba? ›

Fresh chickpea liquid can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Is aquafaba just chickpea water? ›

Aquafaba is mainly made from chickpea water. Because of its clear color, it most closely resembles egg whites. However, aquafaba isn't only made from chickpeas. It can be made of liquid from any legume can or legume cooking process, such as white bean water and lentil water.

How much aquafaba equals one egg? ›

Three tablespoons of aquafaba is equivalent to about one whole egg, while two tablespoons of aquafaba is equivalent to about one egg white. Keep in mind that a can of chickpeas yields about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of this liquid, so about eight to 12 tablespoons.

Can you taste aquafaba in co*cktails? ›

But considering that the eggwhite foam can often impart a faintly unpleasant odor—described as sulphurous or wet dog funk, the salinity and slightly savory tinge of aquafaba is not offensive or noticeable in most co*cktails.

What is another name for aquafaba? ›

It's the viscous water in which legumes, like chickpeas, have been cooked. It's often referred to as “bean liquid” or “bean water.” During the legume cooking process, proteins, carbohydrates, and other water soluble plant solids migrate into the cooking water.

Why not use aquafaba? ›

Why I Won't Use Aquafaba
  • BPA. Many canned goods are lined with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that interferes with our hormones. ...
  • ANTI-NUTRIENTS + compounds that interfere with digestion. ...
  • Gassiness. ...
  • Sodium. ...
  • No nutritional value. ...
  • AQUAFABA isN'T Appealing.
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What does cream of tartar do to aquafaba? ›

My next tip is to throw in some cream of tartar, which causes the aquafaba to whip up much easier, faster, and makes the peaks firmer.

Does aquafaba need to be whipped? ›

Aquafaba can be used in a number of ways: 1) It can be added to recipes UNWHIPPED as an egg binder, such as in these Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Cookies. 2) It can be whipped into semi-soft peaks and added to recipes as a whipped egg white substitute, such as these Vegan Gluten Free Waffles!

Should you drink aquafaba? ›

Egg whites are healthy for those who wish to eat them, but aquafaba is a great egg alternative for vegans or people with an egg allergy. Chickpeas are healthy, and some of the nutrients transfer into the water. Protein and fiber don't transfer over, but you can still benefit from trace amounts of: B vitamins.

How well does aquafaba work? ›

Aquafaba works well on its own (meringues), in non-baked recipes (marshmallow spread), and in recipes that don't rely on egg whites for a ton of structure (pancakes). However, the substitution simply doesn't hold up well when it comes to certain cakes, cookies, and other recipes that lean heavily on egg whites.

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