Can I substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock? Also, substitutions in this recipe for gumbo?

Can I substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock? I used to love this recipe but I would like to make it vegan.

I could substitute a vegan kielbasa and chicken for this recipe too but maybe I can think outside the box on what else besides a 'meat substitute' that i could use in this recipe instead. Any ideas?


1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon white pepper

1 Tablespoon black pepper

1 (4 pound) chicken, boned and cut into 1 inch pieces

3 Tablespoons salt, divided

3 cups duck fat or vegetable oil

4 cups flour, plus flour for dusting

2 cups diced onion

2 cups diced celery

2 cups diced bell peppers

2 Tablespoons chopped garlic

2 Tablespoons filé powder

4 bay leaves

1 gallon chicken stock

½ cup vegetable oil

1 pound fresh okra

2 pounds Andouille sausage, cut in half circles


Combine cayenne, paprika, white pepper and black pepper to make spice mix.

Season chicken with one Tablespoon salt and one Tablespoon of spice mix and lightly dust with flour. Heat one cup of fat or oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook until medium brown. Reserve. Strain oil from pan and return to pan adding remaining 2 cups of fat. Heat oil over low heat. Add flour and slowly stir with whisk until deep copper brown roux forms. Allow forty-five minutes to an hour.

Add onion, celery, bell peppers, garlic, remaining salt, remaining spice mix, filé powder and bay leaves. Cook mixture five more minutes, then add chicken stock. Bring gumbo to a simmer and skim for approximately 1 ½ hours. Taste. When raw flour taste starts to fade, add reserved chicken and Andouille sausage. Cook one hour, skimming.

Cook okra in second measure of vegetable oil, drain and add to gumbo. Adjust seasonings.

5 Answers

  • Favorite Answer

    Of course you can substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock.

    And instead of chicken, you could use Quorn's naked chik'n cutlets ('n_Cutlet.a... ), or Match Meat's ground chicken ( ).

    And instead of the Andouille sausage, you could use Field Roast's sausage links ( ), or Lightlife's smart sausages ( ).

    Or you could just use traditional tofu and seitan.

    Just experiment. Happy cooking. :)

  • Sarah
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Yes, vegetable stock can be substituted any time chicken or other meat stock is asked for. The flavor will change but not a whole lot. As for fake meat substitutes to fill your recipe question/issue; I'm not sure you will ever find two fake meats that will satisfy your desire. The Manufacturer "MorningStar Farms" (note: not all their products are vegan) makes a lot of nice meat substitutes, one of which is called the MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters® Chik'n Strip" which may work in your recipe for the chicken, as for sausage however, I've yet to find a good sausage type meat substitute that I like and I don't think I'm familiar with Andouille sausage.

    Honestly, the first few years I was vegetarian I also tried hard to find identical meat substitutes to fill my previously meat based meals but I eventually learned that it's really better (both taste wise and health wise) to find whole foods with different flavors; like mushrooms, squash or a marinated vegetable for example you could soak cauliflower or broccoli in a spice mix and a little oil and/or vinegar to make it spicy and a good replacement for sausage. I've found that using different recipes which never included meats or using whole/natural foods instead of fake meats really work better in the end.

  • Pamela
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Absolutely! Ive been doing that for years. As for the taste being different, I can never tell anythings off, plus noone in my family ever figures it out either! I do agree however to use a low sodium substitute, much healthier!

  • 8 years ago

    It should be just fine I'm not vegan or anything but sometimes my family and I just use vegetable stock because it's just as good

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  • 8 years ago

    Veggie stock will be fun. Chicken stock does have more flavor, but you can add some more cayenne. Morning star sausage is vegan.

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