Vegan Caviar

Fun, festive and sophisticated, Vegan Caviar is delicious and super easy to make. Made with chia seeds, nori and lemon juice, you won’t believe how authentic it tastes. Serve it at your next party and prepare to impress.

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The first time I tasted vegan caviar was at a plantbased expo and it really impressed me. It tasted of the sea and briny with just the right amount of texture and umami. To be honest, I’ve never eaten the real thing as eating raw fish eggs never appealed to me, but it tasted just as I assume real caviar would taste, without the significant ick factor.

I was also impressed by how sophisticated the vegan caviar looked, so it really surprised me how easy it is to make. You just soak chia seeds in a blend of seaweed and lemon juice, added some seasonings and that’s it. I serve mine with the traditional garnishes, dill, parsley and lemon wedges, and with crackers and cream cheese. It’s a perfect and unexpected appetizer for any special occasion or event.

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Making Vegan Caviar

Making vegan caviar is very easy. You need to soak the chia seeds for a few hours, but beyond that, the recipe can be put together in minutes. You will also need to buy nori sheets, which is dry seaweed. Nori is also sold as Wakame or Gim depending where you buy it. They are all the same, just make sure to buy the full sheets, not the snack packets or flakes. You will also need black chia seeds which are readily available at any large supermarket, health food or bulk food store.

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To begin, place the some water, the nori sheet, lemon juice, black pepper and stevia seasoning in a blender. (Stevia seasoning is my salt free seasoning blend. You can use a commercial blend as well.) Next, blend the mixture until it’s a smooth liquid.

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Then, pour the liquid into a bowl and add the chia seeds. Stir well to mix. Once mixed, refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours to soak chia seeds and incorporate the flavour. Finally, once soaked, spoon caviar into a serving dish. Refrigerate before serving and serve chilled.

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Fun, Sophisticated and Festive

Making vegan version of classic recipes is alot of fun. You will be amazed by the flavours and dishes you can veganize. Don’t at all be put off by seafood recipes, they are actually very easy to veganize as this recipe proves.

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I love this recipe for vegan caviar. No appetizer is simpler or brings more of a party atmosphere to a party. Serve on crackers with a plain or red pepper cream cheese with plenty of lemon wedges. Your guests will be very impressed, and only you will know how easy it was to make. Enjoy!

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More Vegan Appetizers

Vegan appetizers add fun and flavour to any events, and are kind and healthy as well. Here are some recipes to try:

Gluten Free Vegetable Crackers

Popcorn Cauliflower with Buffalo Sauce

Vegetable Tempura

Korean Dumplings (Mandus)

Vegan food is healthy, kind to animals, and kind to the planetIt is also delicious and affordable. If you like this recipe, please share! ~Una

Vegan Caviar

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, formal
Keyword: caviar, vegan appetizers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soaking: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: unarosevegan
Print Recipe


  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Sheet Nori
  • 1/2 Cup Chia seeds
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black pepper preferably freshly ground
  • 1/4 Teaspoon stevia seasoning or other salt free seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil


  • In a blender combine 1/2 cup water, the Nori sheet, lemon juice, pepper and stevia seasonings. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour misture into a small mixing bowl. Add the chia seeds. Mix until well combined. Set aside refrigerated for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • After soaking, stir caviar. If too stiff, add up to 1/4 cup water, adding it a little at a time, and stirring after each addition. It should be easily spoonable but not runny.
  • Serve chilled in a serving dish with parsley, dill and lemon wedges as garnish, and with cream cheese and crackers.
  • Refrigerate after using for up to 2-3 days.