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This cruelty-free vegan “foie gras” is SO buttery, creamy, and surprisingly close to the real one! It is prepared from raw cashews and infused with aromatics like miso, nutritional yeast, tahini, and truffle oil. Even meat-eaters are amazed by how good this vegan foie gras tastes!

The Best Vegan Foie Gras

📔 Introduction

I’m SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you guys! I present you with the most astonishing vegan foie gras, taste and texture-wise.

Making foie gras vegan is quite a challenge. The real one has a silky and soft texture with a buttery and subtle taste. This vegan foie gras has that rich and creamy texture that melts in your mouth, just like real foie gras. 

This recipe is the result of over ten trials, testing with tofu, flavorings, herbs, agar-agar, mushrooms, chestnuts, and many other ingredients until achieving what I believe is the most accurate vegan foie gras.

⭐️ Why You Should Try It

  • Incredibly close to the real one. The combination of cashews, cocoa butter, and coconut oil creates a buttery and velvety smooth texture that literally melts in your mouth! You will be amazed by how close this plant-based version tastes compared to the real thing.
  • Perfect for the holidays. Served on toast, this vegan foie gras makes a wonderful appetizer that will become the star of your holiday table.
  • A reader’s favorite. Over the years, this recipe has been one of our top-rated recipes during the holidays. Vitki, a reader, said: ★★★★★ “I’m a meat-eater, and I use Foie Gras sometimes, knowing the texture and taste very well. So, I can compare this recipe with the real thing. It is amazingly identical!”

📘 What is Foie Gras

Foie gras is a popular French delicacy made of duck liver. It is often served during the Christmas holidays as an appetizer.

I’m not going to go into details. You know how foie gras is made. The ducks are force-fed with a metal tube inserted into their mouths. If you have never seen how the ducks are treated, quickly search on Google images. I guarantee you will feel disgusted or might even shed a tear. I did eat foie gras in the past, and I liked it but was unaware (or maybe didn’t want to know) of what was happening.

Thankfully, this “foie gras” is completely vegan and made from plant-based ingredients!

🌿 Ingredient Notes

Here are the ingredients you will need to make vegan foie gras:

  • Raw cashews – They make the base of the foie gras. You must use raw cashews, not the roasted ones.
  • Cocoa butter – Cocoa butter creates a buttery mouthfeel and helps the foie gras firm up once chilled. Ensure you are using deodorized cocoa butter. Otherwise, it will alter the flavor of the foie gras.
  • Coconut oil – Just like cocoa butter, use refined deodorized coconut oil. Combining cocoa butter and coconut oil is essential for a firm yet spreadable consistency.
  • White miso – For umami and saltiness. Use sweet white miso, not the brown kind. It should have a very light brown, almost yellow color. If your miso is darker, use half the amount and reduce the salt. Using a strong miso will make the foie gras too salty and cover the flavor of all the other ingredients.
  • Nutritional yeast – Again, for umami and extra flavor.
  • Cognac – Since cognac is used in the authentic recipe, we also use it here to add fruity notes. You can use port wine or Armagnac if you don’t have cognac.
  • TahiniTahini adds a mildly nutty and earthy flavor.
  • Truffle oil – It’s hard to describe the taste of truffle oil, but once again, it is used as an aromatic.
  • Shiitake powder – Ground shiitakes add depth and an earthy aroma. You can learn how to make mushroom powder here. If you do not have shiitake powder, omit it.
  • Black pepper – For a hint of spiciness.

🥣 How to Make Vegan Foie Gras

  1. Soak the cashews. Start by soaking raw cashews overnight in cold water. This will help soften them.
  2. Transfer to a high-speed blender. Drain the cashews and transfer them to a blender.
  1. Add the remaining ingredients. Add the water, white miso, cognac, nutritional yeast, tahini, shiitake powder, and truffle oil to the blender.
  2. Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil. Heat the cocoa butter and coconut oil over low-medium heat until melted. Be careful not to overheat them. They should be melted but not hot. Pour the melted cocoa butter and coconut oil into the blender.
  3. Blend until smooth. Next, blend the cashews with all the other ingredients until completely smooth.
  1. Transfer to a mold. Once your mixture is smooth, transfer it to a springform pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. Chill. Transfer to the refrigerator and let it rest for at least 24 hours. The mixture will firm up as it cools.

Which type of mold should I use?

If you want foie gras in a log shape, I recommend stacking three 2.75-inch cake rings.. You can also make it easier and simply transfer the mixture to small glass jars.

📔 Tips

  • Do not omit any ingredient. Except for the shiitake powder, I do not recommend omitting or substituting any ingredient.
  • Adjust the consistency. If you live in a hot country, you might want to replace the coconut oil with more cocoa butter. This will help the foie gras stay firmer and prevent it from melting too quickly.
  • Adjust the saltiness. Depending on the brand of miso and type of miso used, you might have to adjust the amount of salt. Start by blending all the ingredients together and give it a taste before adding more salt.
  • Give it a pink hue. Add one teaspoon of tomato paste if your foie gras appears too pale or yellow. It will give your foie gras a subtle pink color without altering the flavor.
  • Serve it chilled. Just like real foie gras, this one will soften if you let it sit too long at room temperature. I recommend removing it from the fridge about 5 minutes before serving for an optimal texture.

📙 Variations

  • Give it a more authentic appearance. To make it look even more authentic, you can recreate the yellow grease usually present on the outside of real foie gras. To do so, melt a tablespoon of coconut oil and add a pinch of turmeric for color. You can then pour it on top of the foie gras and chill until firm. Please note that it’s completely optional and has absolutely no impact on the taste. It just makes it look more like real foie gras (perfect to trick your guests!).
  • Add spices. You can infuse the foie gras with 1/4 teaspoon of five-spice powder for a hint of anis and cinnamon.
  • Add dried fruits. For a combination of sweet and savory flavors, stir in chopped dried figs, raisins, or dates.
The Best Vegan Foie Gras

🥖 What to Serve It With

You can serve this vegan foie gras on small toasts, with a rustic baguette, or with sandwich bread. It’s best served as an appetizer but can also be used as a base to make other recipes!

❄️ Storing and Freezing

  • To store: You can keep this vegan foie gras in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, although it will taste best the first three days.
  • To freeze: Once the foie gras has chilled in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours, wrap it in cling film and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

💬 FAQ

I can’t find cocoa butter. Can I use a substitute?

While I personally would not recommend it, some readers had success replacing the cocoa butter with coconut oil. You have to be aware that if using only coconut oil, the foie gras will be much softer at room temperature.

Can I omit the cognac?

Unfortunately, no. Cognac brings a ton of flavor to this foie gras. Do not worry; considering the low amount used, it is perfectly safe to serve to kids!

Which mold should I use for this recipe?

If you want to shape it into a log, I recommend using 3 stacked cake rings.

The Best Vegan Foie Gras

If you are looking for a vegan foie gras recipe, look no further! This is the best recipe you can find! A wonderful dish to place on your table on Christmas Eve!

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Disclaimer: This recipe was posted originally in 2016 and updated in November 2023. This is the original recipe. Unfortunately, it has been copied times and times again by other bloggers as well as companies trying to sell the product. Please credit Full of Plants if you make this recipe. It helps us a lot!

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The Best Vegan Foie Gras

The Best Vegan Foie Gras

4.94 from 45 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Learn how to make the very best vegan foie gras! It's buttery, so creamy, and incredibly close to the real thing!
Prep Time : 25 minutes
Resting Time : 1 day
Total Time : 1 day 25 minutes
Servings 1 loaf (about 12 slices)
Calories 258 kcal

Ingredients
 

Yellow fat (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Soak the cashews overnight or bring a large pot of water to a boil, pour over the cashews in a bowl, and let sit for 3 hours. Drain and rinse the cashews.
  • To make the shiitake powder: Grind 3 dried shiitake mushrooms in a small grinder or food processor until you get a very fine powder. Set aside 1/2 tsp powder and keep the leftover in an airtight container for other uses.
  • Add the cashews to the bowl of a blender with the water, white miso, cognac, nutritional yeast, tahini, shiitake powder, and truffle oil.
  • Melt the cocoa butter in a small saucepan and measure 1/4 cup of melted cocoa butter and add them to the blender. Do the same for the coconut oil.
  • Add the salt and pepper and blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides from time to time. The mixture will be very thick, if you don't have a powerful blender, use a food processor.
  • Stack two 3-inch (2.75-inch tall) cake rind molds and line them with parchment paper (sides and bottom). Pour the mixture into the molds and flatten the top. Alternatively, you can use any pan you have on hand: round, rectangular, etc. Smooth the top using a knife and cover it with plastic film.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least one day, it will become much firmer and the flavors will have time to merge.
  • For the yellow fat (optional): Melt the refined coconut oil and turmeric over low heat and mix well. Let sit at room temperature until the coconut oil becomes spreadable again. Using your fingers, spread some colored coconut oil around the foie gras to make it look like yellow fat.
  • Serve cold and spread on toasted bread, crackers, etc. This vegan foie gras pairs well with sweet white wines.

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Notes

  • You must absolutely use deodorized cocoa butter, otherwise, the cocoa butter taste will cover the main flavors.
  • The miso is important in this recipe, use white miso (with a pale yellow color), if your miso is darker use half the amount and reduce the salt. Using a strong miso will make the foie gras too salty and cover the taste of all the other ingredients.
  • This foie gras has the same texture as the real one, which means it will soften at room temperature.
  • For a slightly more reddish color: add 1 tsp of tomato paste. It won’t affect the flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 258 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.3 g | Protein: 5.3 g | Fat: 23.2 g | Fiber: 1.5 g | Sugar: 1.5 g
Course : Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine : French
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Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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Mon dieu! It looks like you managed the impossible, Thomas – Bravo! I’ve never had foie gras (thankfully!) but I have plenty of omnivore friends who have. I plan to test it on them. Thank you so much! ps – I have made the Camembert and it was marvellous!

Hi again Thomas, could dried porcini be used instead of shiitake or would that change the flavour profile too much?

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Hello Bonjour , I am french and I Want to thank you SO much for the recipe !!!! I did it and it was Fabulous ! I just have à question.I did not used tahini because I forgot it and now I hesitate to add it next time because I really liked thé recipe without.what add thé tahini to the taste ? Do you think I have to try with ?
Cheers

Hello ! I am French and I really want to try this recipe but I don’t have any cup measure. Is it ok to convert the measures online? If not, do you know what would it be in grams or centiliters? Thanks a lot !

Hi Thomas
Thank you so much for all your recipes I’m really excited to try your cheeses as well I just received the mould 🙂
I just made this “faux gras” and it taste really bad… I followed the recipe and I don’t understand why you can only taste the cacao butter…
The texture is fine, the colour as well, I didn’t forget anything but it didn’t work out well…
Any idea?
I was so happy to bring it today to a Christmas function…

I have no idea for the brand
I live in Australia and bought mine from “the source bulk food store”
I might go and ask them if there is something special with it…
The measurement is correct it’s 1/4 cup of cocoa butter right?

Thank you
I will let you know if I try it again with another brand

Yes Thomas I am a Chef in Australia and that Cacao Butter is more than likely virgin cacao butter – I have never seen refined cacao butter here so as you warned this is why the recipe tasted like cacao.

Cheers – well done on the recipe – I have to find the correct cacao butter to give it a try.

Just FYI
Cocoa butter is sold in (at least) two variants: crude and deodorised. Crude is just filtered after the butter is separated from the cocoa mass and still contains lots of flavours and aromas. Deodorisation is done with steam. Chocolate makers typically want to add deodorised cocoa butter to their chocolate recipes, because they don’t want to introduce an additional flavour offset (they want to let the flavour be defined by the cocoa mass and additional flavourings only). Also, deodorised keeps better, which is important for the food industry.
Since plenty of people interested in the type of recipes on this blog are probably buying from organic/raw/whatever sources, chances are high you indeed bought an unrefined butter. Like Thomas writes: deodorised shouldn’t have more than a faint cocoa aroma.

Thank you for the tip!!
I just bought some deodorized after your advice 🙂
Hope the next one will be better!

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Thank you for this!

I tried 4 other recipes before finding your version, but none taste as close as yours.

Your title isn’t false advertising, it is really the best vegan foie gras.

Bravo!

Bonjour. Quelle est la quantité d’eau nécessaire pour cette recette? Ce n’est pas indiqué dans la liste des ingrédients. Merci par avance.

Merci! Je le fais ce soir 🙂 .

Bonjour Thomas!
Merci pour ta recette! J’aimerais la tester pour le repas de Noël de samedi mais j’ai couru tous les supermarchés bios et les boulangeries, impossible de trouver du beurre de cacao desodorisé.. J’en ai commandé sur internet mais pas sûr qu’il arrive à temps..

Pense tu que je puisse faire sans? Ou bien en le remplaçant par plus d’huile de coco, ou bien un autre ingredient qui ferait l’affaire?

Merci pour ta reponse! Au final le colis vient d’etre livré donc je m’y mets 🙂

Bonjour Thomas,
J’ai très hâte d’essayer votre recette. Je me demandais si vous avez essayé de le cuire?

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WOW tried this for christmas and it was delicious, thank you so much for the recipe!! Everyone loved it 🙂
The texture is perfect, tender and firm, melting in the mouth.. The flavors are fine and the mix of those different ingredients really reminds the taste of foie gras!
Bravo Thomas!!

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Thank you for this amazing recipe: truly a culinary accomplishment! I just made it and it is already delicious – I cannot wait to see how it tastes after 24 hours. I plan to serve it at parties and special occasions in the future.

I followed the recipe exactly except that I forgot the pepper, oh well. I don’t miss it but will add it next time.

Just in case anyone is curious, these are the gram measurements I ended up with (I didn’t weigh the liquid ingredients, the salt or the shiitake powder):

230 g cashew nuts
45 g deodorised cocoa butter
45 g deodorised coconut oil
53 g white miso (Hikari shinshu shiro)
31 g tahini
7 g nutritional yeast flakes

Hi Thomas,

I don’t drink alcohol. If I don’t use the Cognac in the recipe will it make a big difference in the finished product?

thank you…can’t wait to try making your cheeses, thank you for all your hard work and kindness!

Hello Thomas,

thank you for responding so quickly. That is excellent helpful information and good tips.
Keep up the amazing work!

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Hey Thomas !

Your recipe looks amazing ! One quick question though, regarding the Cognac : shouldn’t I reduce it in a pan before adding it to the mixture ? I’m afraid it’s going to give a very strong alcohol taste to the whole thing, and after all, when making foie gras, the Cognac (I usually mix it with White Porto) is always cooked with the liver, and only the sugar remains.

What’s your opinion on that?!

Hi Solène,
For different reasons, I didn’t want alcohol in this terrine, so I bought a little bottle of cognac and flambéd it (watch out for your hair, the stuff goes up much more quickly and much higher than, say, port wine). You can keep the leftover flambéd booze in the fridge and use it for other recipes.
Hope that helps and that you’ll enjoy this treat as much as we did.

The safest way I’ve found is this: pour your cognac into a small, high-sided saucepan, bring to a boil. TURN OFF the heat, after having first ignited the end of a bamboo skewer (I suppose long fireplace matches would work as well). Stand back and lower your lit skewer down towards the surface of the cognac — and watch the flames.
Hope this helps!

Before I attempt making the Vegan Foie Gras, I have a question. My daughter has a terrible aversion to coconut oil. Can I substitute avocado or grape seed oil? Or, can I double the amount of cocao butter? I’m terribly excited about making this as I have never tasted the original.

Thanks so much.

Hi Thomas,
Thank you for sharing this recipe.
I have been trying to find a truffle oil that is not made using synthetic ingredients. I might give up and leave the truffle oil out.
I am sorry if someone has already asked, but do you think it’s worth doing the recipe if I leave out the truffle oil?
Regards
Ruth

I am very excited to try this recipe. I ordered the deoderized cocoa butter wafers following your link to Amazon. I just received them and the package says “use externally either alone or as an ingredient in homemade natural soaps, body butters etc..”. Is it okay to eat? It seems to be for body products only, not food. Please advise. Thank you!

There is a HUGE difference between food grade and cosmetic grade products. The most obvious is that the solvents and other processing chemicals may not be safe to consume. The equipment, transportation and packaging also have different requirements and may contain unsafe chemicals. Do not trust reviewers, be sure to eat only products labeled as being safe to eat, period!

The current link in the recipe is NOT deodorized coco butter. I ordered it and used it in this recipe and the end result is ….. well not “foie gras”.

I try again with deodorized coco butter. Thank you.

I love the creativity and it looks great, maybe you should call it “Mock-Foie Gras” instead? Since the definition of the word means “fatty liver”. Anyway nice job!

Hey Thomas! Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! It’s absolutely amazing!

I’ve made this and it is real tasty. I do want to know how long it will last in the fridge and if it can be frozen? Thank you.

Your recipies look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! Thankyou for sharing your wonderful creations you are truly inspiring!

Would love to try this recipe. But I’m just wondering why there are ads from Kroger featuring Perdue Chicken (clearly not vegan) inserted into the text of the recipe…Hmmm. Don’t fault you for trying to make some money off of your blogs and fab recipes, but is there something that could be done about this (especially in the middle of a recipe)?

Was excited to try this recipe but researching where to buy “truffle oil” it turns out to be just a petro chemical, 2,4-Dithiapentane. Will look for a substitute.

Thank you for the inspiring recipes, Thomas!

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Keep up the amazing job! Love every single post you make.

Hi Thomas, Can your Vegan Foie Gras be seared?

Hi Thomas, this sounds great. Can I pan fry it to achieve a little caramelisation and serve it warm.
Can’t wait to try this. Many thanks David.

Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to your seared foie gras recipe!

Thank you, looking forward to making it.

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For affordable “truffles” which could be added to the “foie gras,” you can wash and rinse canned California black olives (which come in a very mild and bland “brine”) then marinate or simmer them in some truffle oil until they absorb the truffle flavor. You can then chop the olives extremely small, if you like your paté flecked with little bits of black “truffle,” or use the largest size whole pitted California black olives if you want to want to create a black “truffle” center down the middle of your bloc or torchon of paté! Be sure to use the California-style canned olives for this. They are extremely bland and boring in flavor, which makes them perfect for marinating in truffle oil to change their flavor! European black olives are brined in much saltier, vinegary solutions and will end up tasting like olives rather than “truffles.”

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Another variation you might like to try would be to substitute port wine for the cognac (many traditional foie gras recipes call for the livers to be marinated in port wine).

Also, real foie gras terrines and torchons have a slightly pink color. I suspect this can be achieved by adding a slice of cooked or canned beet to the mixture as it is being blended. It would be worth trying!!!

Oh my gosh, I just discovered your website and all of your recipes look SO good! (-*-*-)
This is magic, it’s like I finally received my Hogwarts acceptance letter: maybe I could become a witch too! (thank you)

I’m actually french,
I live in England at the moment and I, too, often dislike the pride most of my people take from French gastronomy… Don’t get me wrong : Some aspects of the French culture which evolves around food I think are super nice!
But what is this pride about? People didn’t come up with the recipes themselves!
And as you say: it’s all about Meat, Cheese and Tradition at all costs… >_<
… But then I guess this is a big generalization and cruelty against animals is an issue everywhere anyway.

Enfin ! Bonne continuation à toi ! (Et pardon pour mon anglais imparfait.)

Je vais suivre le blog à partir de maintenant et tester toutes les recettes !! 🙂

Oh yeah that is the worst. My granddad made foie gras once when I was little, in his small family farm. He never went on TV but he also says that he’s always treated his animals well. He really believes what he’s saying… It makes me sad. x)
Ah that’s true actually! Each time I come back to France I see some nice change, it’s encouraging!! :’)

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I just found you and you are quite simply a genius! I also live in France and hate the way some animals are raised, especially the poor ducks, our area (Dordogne) is the foie gras kingdom so I am thrilled to find this inspirational vegan substitute. Keep on the good work, you are truly inspirational and thank you very much for sharing so generously

In defense regarding duck and geese livers, I would like to point out that you can have perfectly decent foie gras without the abuse. I live in Alaska where being a vegan is very difficult if you have to subsist for your food (forage your local surroundings, and I doubt you’ll find chickpeas or cashews lying around). In the fall right before the Canadian geese leave for Down South, they gorge themselves silly with food. If you’re lucky to get a few, you’ll discover their their livers are HUGE, just as the force-fed geese. I am not defending force-feeding. I feel it is not natural and definitely cruel. However, I don’t mind if the geese do it as a natural behavior (getting ready for a long flight). Before you remove this comment from a vegan page, I do want to point out that I, as a carnivore, do visit vegan sites for recipes because I happen to like what I see. Do not condemn me or my food choices because I live in a place where I couldn’t possibly eat enough calories to keep my internal combustion engine going, let alone the calories needed to do everyday things. (2000-3000 kCals are required just to not to go hypothermic living in Kotzebue, AK.) And I still lost weight living up there.

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Anne Hupe your comment is not relevant, not interesting and completely out of line. Eat your calories as you want, who wants to hear about that !!??

Hey Thomas!

I really want to try this recipe but I can’t stand the taste and smell of coconut. Can I replace it with cacao butter and normal oil?

Thank you very much!

Sarah

Bonsoir Thomas !

J’ai testé cette recette (sans les shiitakés malheureusement, je n’en avais pas et j’étais trop pressée d’essayer) et le résultat est loin de ressembler à vos photos. J’obtiens un bloc dur et cassant, même en le gardant à température ambiante.. Ce n’est absolument pas onctueux, la texture rappelle plutôt celle d’une margarine très solide.
Je n’ai rien modifié sinon les champignons. Avez-vous une idée d’où peuvent venir ces différences ?

Merci d’avance 🙂

J’espère que le fait que j’écrive ce message en français ne pose pas de problème !
Bonne soirée 🙂

Merci beaucoup pour cette réponse rapide ! J’avais pesé 55 grammes d’huile de coco et de beurre de cacao, je vais réessayer en diminuant les proportions.

Salut Thomas,
J’aimerais savoir si tu as déjà essayé de conserver plus longtemps via congélation ou stérilisation? Et quel était le résultat?
Merci d’avance 🙂