French Classics

Check out some of our most popular French-inspired dishes. We are particularly fond of the cheese fondue!

Getting Started with French Cooking

It is no secret that French cuisine is one of the best in the world, thanks to its use of fresh ingredients and innovative cooking techniques. It actually ranked #3 on CNN’s “10 best cuisines in the world” in 2023. If you have never cooked any French dish, here are some of the foundations of French cooking:

  • Braise or grill. A fantastic way to add a ton of flavor to your dishes consists of braising or grilling your vegetables or plant-based meat. The caramelization (Maillard reaction) helps enhance the flavors by bringing nuttiness and a natural sweetness. French cooking relies a lot on caramelizing ingredients, whether it is in savory dishes or sweet ones like tarte Tatin, for example.
  • Use fats to add richness. Butter, cream, and cheese are key ingredients and are present in a multitude of dishes. Olive oil is frequently used to sauté the food, and a small amount of butter is added toward the end of cooking to enhance the overall taste and add richness.
  • Sublimate a main dish with a sauce. French cuisine is renowned for its emphasis on sauces. Use sauces to your advantage to enhance the flavor of your dishes. A basic sauce consists of sautéeing shallots in butter, deglazing with a splash of white wine, and finishing it with cream and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Use fresh and seasonal ingredients. French people love to make use of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Therefore, many dishes can only be enjoyed during certain times of the year. For example, ratatouille, which is a classic French dish that features a variety of summer vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes.
  • Use a subtle amount of seasoning. Compared to Asian cuisine, which relies heavily on condiments like chili sauces, fermented pastes, and more, French cuisine uses simpler seasonings such as salt, pepper, fresh and dried herbs, and a few spices.


Any traditional French meal consists of 3 courses: appetizer (entrée), main meal (plat principal), and dessert. To get you started, here are some easy and tasty appetizers.


From thin crêpes to crispy waffles, these French classics are delicious options that will delight the whole family.

How to Make Vegan Vanilla Pastry Cream

Featured Recipe: Pastry Cream

Pastry cream (“crème pâtissière” in French) is a type of cooked custard usually flavored with vanilla. It is a key element that makes the base of many French desserts such as fruit tarts, Mille-feuille, crêpe cake, and more. It can also be used to fill donuts, cream puffs, and brioches.

We love the versatility of pastry cream!


Tarts are one of our favorite dishes! Whether you are looking for savory or sweet tarts, we have got you covered.


End your meal on a sweet note with these delicate French desserts! From light caramel flan to hearty rice pudding, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

All French Recipes

Looking for a full list of all of our vegan French-inspired recipes? Check them out below.