How to make Marmite on toast

This is how the majority of British people ate their Marmite when they were kids. There are many variations, including cheese, baked beans, etc. but this is the fundamental. Master this before getting creative!


  • 1 slice bread, preferably white
  • 1 lump butter, preferably salted (this is harder in Italy, but the Marmite’s so salty you probably won’t notice)
  • Marmite


  • Knife
  • Plate
  • Toaster (or a grill)


1. Toast the bread.

Marmite and butter - the bread is in the toaster
Where’s the bread? It’s in the toaster. Don’t panic. Take the toast out of the oven and begin the next step immediately while it’s still piping hot:

2. Butter the bread.

Butter sitting on toast while Marmite looks on wistfully

Use a generous lump. If it doesn’t all melt don’t worry, you can put the excess back in the dish.

Butter melted onto toast. The Marmite can't wait to join it.

Make sure it’s covering the bread and all melty and lovely. Now to the denoument!

3. Spread the Marmite.

The first dip into a new jar of Marmite. Is there anything nicer?

First dip into a virgin pot. How sensuous. How exciting.

Only use a bit of Marmite - it's very strong

You only need to use a little. Marmite is strong stuff.

Spread the Marmite thin. This may be too much for some people.

Spread the Marmite thin. This may be more than many people can handle. Personally I usually use double, but I’m a masochist like that.

4. Eat!

Marmite perfection. Delicious and nostalgic.

Perfection and nostalgia all rolled into one.

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3 thoughts on “How to make Marmite on toast”

  1. Big fan of marmite, do however find that if the bread is too thin when you melt the butter it tends to fall apart when you spread the marmite, tragedy!

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