BBC Good Food Plant-Based Supermarket Awards 2023
Our experts taste tested over 100 products to bring you the BBC Good Food Plant-Based Supermarket Awards, from vegan cheese and oat milk to chicken alternatives. Check out all our winners and runners-up
This year BBC Good Food carried out it's first ever Plant-Based Supermarket Awards. With entries from nine supermarkets in 14 different categories, we were on the hunt for the best vegan staples that the supermarkets had to offer. The expert team of taste testers tasted over 100 products to pick their winners in each category.
From meat alternatives for easy vegan midweek meals, to plant-based options that can replace dairy classics, plus vegan snacks, sandwiches and more, we've found the best vegan supermarket products for every occasion.
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BBC Good Food Plant-Based Supermarket Awards Results 2023
Best chicken alternative
Winner: Aldi Plant Menu no chicken kievs
These had a crispy, well-seasoned coating with good flavour. It tastes remarkably like a classic chicken kiev (and also had a similar texture) and the buttery-style filling had strong garlic flavour which is sure to be a crowdpleaser.
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Aldi (£1.99 for 2)
Best fish alternative
Joint winner: Aldi Plant Menu salt & vinegar no fish fillets
The crispy batter on these fillets reminded judges of classic fish and chips. The filling had a texture and flavour slightly reminiscent of mashed potato, but it did have a slight flake to it just like fish and hint of that flavour too.
Aldi (£1.99 for 2)
Joint winner: ASDA OMV! Deliciously Vegan melt in the middle fishless cakes
This felt similar to a classic supermarket fishcake. The creamy pesto filling was pleasantly lemony and strongly herby, while the coating was crisp and crunchy.
Asda (£2.80 for 2)
Best vegan mince
Winner: Plant Based by ASDA meat-free mince
Vegan mince is a tricky one to get right, but we think this would work well in a veggie bolognese. It had the most neutral taste of all we tried, making it versatile in lots of recipes, with good seasoning and satisfying texture.
Runner up: Tesco Plant Chef fish-free goujons
These thin, golden goujons look just like classic fish fingers. There's plenty of crunch from the coating and a lightly-flavoured filling, ready for a fish finger sandwich and lots of ketchup.
Best milk alternative – soy
Winner: Lidl Vemondo unsweetened soya milk
Judges felt this was a good all-rounder soy milk – with a well-balanced sweetness compared to others tried that varied between super sweet or very dry. It had a good viscosity and would sit well in coffee and tea.
Best milk alternative – oat
Joint winner: Waitrose barista oat long life drink
Our favourite supermarket oat milk for going in coffee. It had a good creamy texture and subtle oat flavour.
Joint winner: Asda oat barista
Our oat milk pick for using on cereal. It had a strong oat flavour that would also work nicely in porridge to give it extra depth.
Best hard cheese alternative
Winner: M&S Plant Kitchen sliced mature style alternative to cheddar
These slices wouldn't feel out of place in a sandwich or to top a veggie burger. There was a slight smoke flavour giving depth and a good end flavour.
Runner up: Tesco Plant Chef alternative to mature cheese
This had a firm, slightly chewy texture that reminded judges of string cheese. It had a light amount of salt for flavour and was overall fairly subtle.
Best mozzarella alternative
Winner: Tesco Plant Chef alternative to grated mozzarella
Made from coconut oil, this pre-grated mozzarella had a neutral flavour but judges were impressed by it melting well, useful for a homemade vegan pizza.
Best soft cheese alternative
Winner: Free From by Sainsbury’s Original alternative to soft cheese
This plain soft cheese alternative had a subtle tang and generally smooth texture with just a slight graininess. It would work well melted through pasta or spread on a cinnamon bagel.
Best plain plant-based yogurt
Joint winner: Lidl Vemondo soya yogurt
Our pick if you want a soya-based yogurt. It has the most similar flavour to plain dairy yogurt of all that we tried, although the texture is quite grainy.
Lidl, in store
Joint winner: Plants By Deliciously Ella coconut yogurt
Our winning choice for a coconut-based yogurt. It had a soft and light texture (almost like whipped cream) and the slightly sour flavour would please fans of coconut water. This would be best used to top curries and stews, rather than eating alone.
Best firm tofu
Winner: M&S Plant Kitchen organic super firm tofu
This firm tofu went pleasantly golden and crisp on the outside when fried in slices. The middle was creamy with a slight soybean flavour, but it would carry marinades and dressings well.
Best vegan sandwich
Winner: Waitrose PlantLiving hoisin no duck wrap
This spinach wrap is filled with vegan spiced wheat and pea protein pieces, hoisin sauce and plenty of veg. The combination of pickled cabbage and ginger, Chinese leaf, spinach and spring onion adds attractive colour but also crucially plenty of freshness and crunch, for a pleasing mix of textures.
Best vegan snack
Winner: M&S Plant Kitchen cheese twists
You'd never know these buttery cheese straws were vegan. They were crisp and flaky with an authentic cheese flavour and would be a great snack to serve a crowd with drinks.
M&S, in-store (£1.50/125g)
Best vegan mayonnaise
Winner: M&S Plant Kitchen vegan mayo
This creamy mayo has a good thick texture just like standard mayonnaise and would be an easy all-rounder to use, although has a slight acidic aftertaste.
M&S, in-store (£1.75/250g)
Best vegan dessert
Winner: Asda OMV! Deliciously Vegan chocolatey cake
A great easy go-to for any special occasions or birthdays that require a vegan cake. It's generously iced with thick swirls of chocolate icing and the soft cake has deep cocoa flavour.