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Marmite Porridge

marmite porridge recipe

This marmite porridge recipe makes for a rather unorthodox breakfast but 50% of people may not hate it! Classing this as a recipe is stretching things a bit, it’s so simple & cheap to make.

Marmite porridge can be made with a Trangia Stove or in a billy can or titanium mug over a campfire.

Marmite is a yeast extract, with a somewhat acquired taste. It is made from the left over yeast from making beer.

Marmite is a great source of B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and vitamin B12). It is also vegan, so you can easily omit or swap the butter in this recipe for a plant based alternative to make vegan marmite porridge. Porridge oats, of course, are also super healthy in their own right.

It’s quick, hot, nutritious and will keep you going until lunch. It also has the added benefit of making any camping mates you have with you, look at you very oddly indeed.

Give it a try!

Marmite Porridge

Marmite Porridge

A savoury, salty porridge, rich in B vitamins, to start the day.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Camping Breakfasts
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 1
Calories 180 kcal


  • 50 g porridge oats
  • 350 ml water
  • 1 tsp butter
  • ½-1½ tsp marmite (to taste)
  • maple syrup (optional)


  • Put the porridge oats in a pan, titanium cup or billy can and add the water. Do not add salt or sugar like you would with traditional porridge. I like to add a small knob of butter.
    50 g porridge oats, 350 ml water, 1 tsp butter
  • Bring to the boil then add the Marmite to the porridge in small increments, to suit your taste, and stir through.
    Half a teaspoon of Marmite should be enough to start with. Adding too much will leave you with a very salty, inedible breakfast.
  • Simmer for 5-10 mins until creamy.
    If cooking on a Trangia, use the simmer ring to turn down the heat.
    If on a campfire, raise your billy can further from the heat so it doesn't dry out, burn or stick to your pan.
  • Once the porridge is at the consistency you prefer, enjoy straight out of the pan/cup.
    If you want to be extra filthy, add some maple syrup for a very simple but indulgent yeasty/salty/sweet/creamy breakfast.


To make measuring the ingredients easier when camping, you can use a cup to measure the oats and water.  Use 2.5 times as much water as oats.

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