Our 10 Best High-Protein Vegan Recipes

Lemon-Basil Pasta

Vegans, stop worrying about consuming enough protein while avoiding animal products. We took care of it for you. Our favorite high-protein vegan recipes (each with 12 or more grams of protein) offer creative approaches with lentils, tofu, nut butter, and beans to create versatile vegan meals.

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Caramelized Tofu and Thai Basil Stir-Fry


Our 40-minute vegan stir-fry mixes high-protein tofu with sweet bell peppers, red onion, and fresh mushrooms. A delicious homemade Thai sauce with four easy ingredients tops this delicious high-protein dinner enhanced by sweet basil before serving.

Grams of protein: 13

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Chickpea-Herb Flatbreads

Chickpea-Herb Flatbreads pizza recipe
Jason Donnelly

Of course, vegans can enjoy protein-packed pizza. This Mediterranean flatbread swaps traditional pizza sauce for our own high-protein chickpea-tahini recipe. Mediterranean flavors continue in the tomatoes, cucumber, and green onions on top of this cold dish. The best part: This protein-packed pizza takes only 20 minutes from start to finish.

Grams of protein: 16

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Vegan Tempeh-Walnut Tacos

tempeh tacos with walnuts on cutting board

Enjoy a vegan taco night when you sub in a popular ground beef substitute: tempeh and toasted walnuts. Stir in Mexican seasoning and plate your alternative taco “meat” on a corn tortilla along with shredded lettuce, salsa, and guacamole.

Grams of protein: 20

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Root Vegetable and Pomegranate Couscous

Root Vegetable & Pomegranate Couscous

Toasted almonds and couscous add simple protein punches to our favorite root vegetable salad. Squeeze orange wedges over the assembly of parsnips, turnips, and carrots for a sweet citrus dressing that elevates this salad recipe to a summertime must-have.

Grams of protein: 13

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Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew

Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew

Here to save your fall (or whenever you need some comfort food) is this slow cooker vegan stew. The combination of pumpkin, carrots, lentils, and chickpeas makes for such a hearty meal that even the biggest of meat eaters won't notice it's vegan.

Grams of protein: 14

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White Bean Burgers with Spinach

Veggie Burgers

This vegan alternative to a burger is here to make you fit in at the backyard cookout. Shredded veggies and white beans yield a tender yet hearty vegan patty. A simple tomato sauce makes a great vegan spread for the burger.

Grams of protein: 15

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Tofu Spring Rolls

Tofu Spring Rolls

Savory baked tofu and sweet veggies pack our quick and easy vegan spring rolls, and you get three per serving! The rolls take only 20 minutes, making them a perfect addition to your weeknight vegan meal plan.

Grams of protein: 19

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Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Vegan BBQ-lovers can savor a cookout-worthy sandwich by substituting shredded jackfruit for pulled pork. To make this magical dish, cover six cups of fresh jackfruit with barbecue seasoning then cook for about 30 minutes, or until it's the consistency of pulled pork in a barbecue sauce.

Grams of protein: 17

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Vegan Chili

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Grab your slow cooker and make our warm and cozy vegan stew that cooks to perfection throughout the day. Combine high-protein pinto beans, black beans, white kidney beans, and red kidney beans with chili powder and the vegetables of your choice. Consider topping bowls of it with your favorite vegan cheese for a vegan protein recipe with staying power.

Grams of protein: 13

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Lemon-Basil Pasta

Lemon-Basil Pasta

Here's proof that a pasta main dish doesn't have to be smothered in cheese to taste great. This vegan pasta recipe needs only five ingredients. Two being lemon and basil for plenty of big flavor without the use of cheese or meats.

Grams of protein: 18

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