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Vegan Christmas Dinner Sides

Vegan Christmas Dinner Sides

These vegan Christmas dinner sides recipes will complete your holiday feast! From maple glazed carrots to vegan creamed corn, you will find instructions on how to make vegan dinner sides for Christmas! Make sure to watch the YouTube video below and scroll down to see the written recipes.

Vegan Christmas Sides For Dinner

We all love mains, but honestly, it’s the side dishes that complete a Christmas dinner.

In my opinion, the Christmas side dishes are often just as important as the main – especially when it comes to a holiday feast! Speaking of main, I made my EASY Vegan Nut Roast recipe this year and it was a hit with my friends and family so definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a vegan main!

Now, here are my favourite vegan side dishes for Christmas dinner – Vegan Creamed Corn, Maple Glazed Carrots and Green Beans & Broccoli.

Vegan Creamed Corn

Vegan Creamed Corn

Total time: 5 minutes

From quickest to longest, we first have my Christmas dinner side of traditional creamed corn made vegan! This recipe takes 5 mins to make and uses a small list of vegan ingredients. This Vegan Creamed Corn recipe is SO easy and you will be shocked at how delicious and satisfying it is. It’s nice and sweet but also super creamy with also a bit of that savoury flavour.

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk 
  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 1 tsp thyme 
  • Salt & pepper to taste

How to make Vegan creamed corn?

  1. Melt vegan butter over medium heat on a pan and add diced onion. Cook for a couple of minutes until onions begin to soften.
  2. Add flour and salt and whisk to combine. 
  3. Whisk in the coconut milk and mix until clumps are gone. 
  4. Add in corn, sugar and thyme and mix well. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring and the mixture thickens. 
  5. Turn heat off and add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Serve as a delicious side to any meal.
Green Korean Savoury Pancakes

Red & Green Korean Savoury Pancakes

Total time: 8 minutes

This isn’t a traditional vegan Christmas dinner side but it’s a Christmas-inspired Korean dish I created for my family that had the green and red colours of Christmas. If you love Korean-inspired vegan recipes, this is a fantastic and unique addition to add to your holiday celebration. I included a delicious Korean spicy dipping sauce recipe – if you prefer non-spicy, feel free to dip it in a soy sauce and vinegar mixture.

Ingredients (7-8 servings):

  • 2.5 cups of vegetables:
    • Green onion, sliced thinly
    • Green bell pepper, sliced thinly
    • Red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 green chili pepper (I used jalapeno) – optional
  • 1 red chili pepper – optional
  • 2 tbsp oil

For the batter:

  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 100g spinach or baby spinach

For the dipping sauce: 

  • 3 tbsp gochujang (Korean red pepper paaste)
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or brown rice (any other sweetener)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1-2 stalks green onion, chopped (optional)

How to make Korean savoury pancakes?

  1. Prepare the batter by adding the batter ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add sliced vegetables into a mixing bowl and pour the batter in and mix well. 
  3. Heat a generous amount of oil in a pan over medium heat. 
  4. Scoop batter into the pan into small round shapes (around ½ cup for each pancake).
  5. Top batter with red and green chili peppers (substitute with more bell pepper slices to showcase the colours, if opting out of chili peppers). Let them cook for 3-4 minutes on one side. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. 
  6. Remove from the pan and cool on a serving plate.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for the remaining batter. 
  8. Make the sauce by mixing the sauce ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. 
  9. Serve with sauce on the side for dipping. Enjoy!
Green Beans and Broccoli

Fried Green Beans & Broccoli

Total time: 15 minutes

This vegan Christmas dinner side of fried green beans & broccoli takes 11 mins and uses 4-6 vegan ingredients. I love this dish because it’s a green vegetable dish that actually tastes good! The lemon juice really helps to bring out all the flavours and if you can make my coconut bacon (or have coconut bacon) it adds a lovely sweet and savoury touch to this dish

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • 1 tbsp oil 
  • 300g green beans, washed & ends trimmed
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice 
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1-2 servings of Coconut Bacon 

How to make green beans and broccoli?

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans and toss to coat. 
  2. Cook for around 5-10 minutes, tossing frequently and adding splashes of water if needed.
  3. Add broccoli and minced garlic and continue to cook until green beans are tender and broccoli is also cooked.
  4. Turn heat off and toss in lemon juice. 
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Top with Coconut Bacon and serve as a side to any meal.
Spicy Korean Cauliflower Wings

Spicy Korean Cauliflower Wings

Total time: 30 minutes

Another Korean-inspired festive recipe! This is once again inspired by the beautiful Christmas colours of red and green. This recipe has that satisfying sweet and spicy taste that us Koreans LOVE – it is perfect for a more unique Christmas experience that will be a hit at your holiday dinner. 

Ingredients (2-3 servings):

For the cauliflower wings:

  • Around 1/2 head cauliflower (around 400g), washed & cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk or water
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

For the sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp Gochujang (Korean Red Pepper Paste)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or any syrup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp water

Other ingredients:

  • 2-3 stalks green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

How to make Korean Cauliflower Wings?

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (if using an air fryer, skip this step).
  2. Make the batter by mixing all purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and paprika. Mix well. Add in non-dairy milk or water and mix until smooth. Set aside. 
  3. Add breadcrumbs onto a large plate.
  4. Add cauliflower pieces into a large mixing bowl then pour liquid batter into the cauliflower. Mix well until cauliflower pieces are well-coated with the batter.
  5. Coat each cauliflower piece with breadcrumbs. 
  6. If using an air fryer, air fry at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes (flipping the pieces halfway). If using an oven, place coated cauliflower into a lined baking tray and roast at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes (flipping the pieces halfway through). 
  7. While the cauliflower wings are cooking, make the sauce by adding in gochujang and maple syrup in a small mixing bowl. Mix well before adding in the rest of the sauce ingredients and mixing well to create the sauce. 
  8. Take the cauliflower out of the oven or air fryer once finished, add into a large mixing bowl, and add in the sauce. Toss until every piece is nicely coated. 
  9. Add in the vegetables and mix well. Top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds and enjoy!
Maple Glazed Carrots

Maple Glazed Carrots

Total time: 37 minutes

If you’re looking for a carrot dish that tastes amazing, you’ll love these maple glazed carrots! They taste like candied carrots: sweet and extremely tasty! Simply by adding in lots of sugar, maple syrup and vegan butter, you can basically create candy out of carrots and everyone will love them.

These maple glazed carrots are:

  • 100% vegan!
  • Gluten-free
  • Only around 6 ingredients
  • Perfect for the holidays 
  • Great for a potluck 
  • Delicious side to any meal

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • Maple syrup 
  • Coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • Carrots
  • Vegan butter 
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • Parsley (optional)

Full recipe below!

Vegan Christmas Dinner Sides

Vegan Christmas Dinner Sides (Maple Glazed Carrots)

Looking for the best vegan christmas side to bring to dinner? You can't go wrong with these sweet, maple glazed carrots! You'll ask yourself "Are carrots supposed to taste this good?" This recipe literally feels like you're eating candied carrots! I mean, when in doubt… add vegan butter and lots of sugar for everyone's taste buds to enjoy! This will be an absolute hit at your vegan Christmas dinner.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: carrots, side dish, side dishes, vegan christmas, vegan christmas dinner
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 126kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Skillet, cast iron pan or oven-safe dish

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 8 medium carrots peeled and cut into bite-sized shapes of your choice
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp parsley dry or fresh

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a small bowl, mix together maple syrup and brown sugar
  • In an oven-safe skillet, cast iron pan or any oven-safe dish, add carrots and pour the maple syrup and brown sugar mixture over them. Toss to coat.
  • Add dollops of vegan butter all around the skillet.
  • Roast in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until the carrots have completely cooked, tossing half way through.
  • This part is optional but once the carrots have cooked, change the oven to “broil” at 400 degrees and broil for 5-10 minutes to char.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste and top with parsley.
  • Serve as a delicious Christmas dinner side with your main.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 13856IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Vegan Christmas Dinner Sides”

  1. 5 stars
    I remember your Christmas video making the vegan creamed corn and maple glazed carrots and wanted to make them for a family dinner and omg they were so good! These sides are great for any dinner not just Christmas lol

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