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Marmite Cheese Toast

Marmite Cheese Toast

Marmite Cheese Toast

This basic recipe shows you how to make a simple marmite cheese toast. This easy meal is a perfect quick warm snack, and a great improvement on a standard grilled cheese as it uses a combination of mayo and Marmite to add a bit of zest to the snack.

In our house, this is our version of a Welsh rarebit, and is it easier than creating some melted cheese concoction with mustard and Worcestershire sauce, which other people may call the same. We think these Welsh rarebits taste better.

marmite and cheese

We will often whip up this quick meal if no one feels like cooking. There is always a piece of cheddar sitting in the fridge, and Marmite in the pantry.

Variation in Ingredients

You can play around with the ingredients as much as you want in this dish. I have used some delicious strong vintage Irish cheddar and some tasty sourdough bread from Aldi in this recipe.

But you can use whatever you fancy – some sliced baguette or ciabatta, or some other slices of tasty non-processed cheese like Gouda, red Leicester or other strength cheddar are also good.

And don’t mess with the Marmite or Hellmann’s!!

And please, no processed cheese (it is not 100% cheese!) !!

welsh rarebit

Marmite in cooking

You will see that I use Marmite quite often in some of my recipes. Marmite is a very British ingredient, as it is a by-product of brewing beer.

In fact, during the COVID pandemic, supplies of Marmite dwindled in the UK, causing a near panic. The cause was that the pubs have been closed and the breweries were shutting down as a result, giving a shortage of brewers’ yeast.

Fortunately, there is an Australian alternative, called Vegemite, which although not exactly the same, as any Aussie will tell you, can always be used as an alternative in a recipe.

Having spent quite some time in Australia as well, I love Vegemite just as much! It is different, but in its own way, just as good!

grilled cheese and marmite
Marmite Cheese Toast

Marmite is made from concentrated yeast extract and has a very strong savoury and salty taste. It has a dark colour, but do not expect it to taste like chocolate, as it does not! And do not spread it too thickly. It should be thinly spread. The advantage is that a pot of Marmite does then last for quite a while.

Marmite used to have a marketing slogan ‘YOU EITHER LOVE IT OR YOU HATE IT‘ which has become synonymous with the brand. But in our family we obviously LOVE IT!!

In fact, all my kids have been brought up eating Marmite on toast when they were little and they still do. Even our dog loves it!!!

So adding some mayo and cheese is just the most logical next step.

If you have never tried it, I suggest you do.

marmite cheese toast

If you try this, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make Marmite Cheese on toast

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Marmite Cheese Toast

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

This simple recipe for marmite cheese toast has a little bit more than your basic grilled cheese. Prefect as a quick hot snack at any time of the day.


  • 2 slices of bread (brown or white)
  • 1 tbsp Hellmann's Real Mayonaisse
  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 70g sliced vintage cheddar


  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Toast the bread in your toaster until a very light brown, and pre-heat your grill (or broiler).
  2. Spread the mayo over one side of the toasted bread.
  3. Mix half the Marmite with the mayo, spreading it thinly on each slice. Do not overdo it with the Marmite (half a heaped teaspoon per slice is plenty).
  4. Place the sliced cheese on top of the toasted bread and place in the grill until the cheese melts and begins to lightly brown in places.
  5. Remove from the grill and cut in two before serving.


Optionally sprinkle with some freshly ground pepper.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 570mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Some other of my recipes that use Marmite:

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Monday 3rd of October 2022

I wonder if you would clarify the directions for me. You only say what to do with half of the marmite (i.e., mix with the mayo). Do I spread the other half before or after the mayo/marmite mix? On the other side of the toast? On the cheese? Thank you!


Monday 3rd of October 2022

I understand your confusion. The recipe calls for 1 tsp of Marmite and 2 slices of bread. Hence 1/2 tsp Marmite per slice (half the marmite - which is what I meant in the recipe.) It is also good with some thinly sliced tomato added before the cheese. We had some for lunch today!


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Marmite is banned in Canada, where I live, so I cannot make this recipe, though it looks yummy.


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Not according to this statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Marmite not banned in Canada Good luck finding some :)

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