The best fakeaways are an excellent way to give yourself the buzz of a takeaway treat for a fraction of the cost. Cheaper than Deliveroo, and much less calorific, fakeaways give you a way to recreate your favourite takeaway dishes at home, using simple ingredients you can get at your local shop.
What is a fakeaway?
A fakeaway is exactly what it sounds like – a fake takeaway. A trend that’s become increasingly popular in recent years as people have grown more health-conscious, a fakeaway recipe provides an easy and inexpensive way to simulate your favourite dishes from popular restaurants. There are fakeaways around for everything, from fast food staples like McDonalds and KFC to ubiquitous paper-menu dishes like pad thai or chow mein. While we’re all waiting for things to open up and the world to get back to some semblance of normal, making one of the best fakeaways is a great weekend activity. It can be a fun way to keep kids entertained, or just a nice treat from you to you! In this blog, we’ve scoured the web for some of the best fakeaways of classic takeaway dishes. Whether you’re hankering for greasy fast food, a British chippy tea or a classic Chinese, there should be a fakeaway dish here to tempt you. Next time you feel yourself reaching for UberEats, give one of these recipes a try instead and scratch that itch without breaking the bank!
What are the best fakeaways?
1. KFC Fakeaway – Pinch of Nom
This at-home version of the nation’s favourite fried chicken may not have the Colonel’s eleven secret herbs and spices, but it’s damn tasty all the same! It’s much lighter on the calories too, made with tasty Japanese panko-style breadcrumbs to give the chicken that delectable coating. Sub these out for gluten-free breadcrumbs and the entire dish is gluten-free, making it a great one for coeliacs or anyone with intolerances. Serve with chips, coleslaw and gravy for that KFC feel (pick them up from the supermarket if you want – we aren’t judging).
Difficulty rating: 2/5. Panko breadcrumbs can be harder to source, and rolling the chicken breast in beaten egg and spice could get messy, but it’s an easy dish to get right.
2. McDonald's fakeaway Big Mac – Kenny McGovern
The most famous burger in the world? Probably – and not all that difficult to make yourself. Kenny McGovern’s recipe for a classic Big Mac really couldn’t be simpler, and is the perfect way to satisfy that Maccie’s craving without actually visiting the Golden Arches. It’s easy to sub out the meat with plant-based burger patties if you’re trying to reduce your meat intake, so there’s no excuse not to indulge yourself.
Difficulty rating: 1/5. Couldn’t be simpler, and all the ingredients are readily available.
3. Vegan Thai Green Curry fakeaway – Tesco
A delicious takeaway-style curry and a treat for the vegans, this bowl of green deliciousness from the folks at Tesco is oneof the healthiest and best fakeaways! Stuffed with green veg and tofu, this is a dish that tastes good while also being good for you, and you can’t say fairer than that! The writers list the edamame beans as optional, but if you can get hold of them, they really do make all the difference in giving the dish that takeaway feel.
Difficulty rating: 2/5. Make sure you give the aubergine the cooking time it needs – it’s probably just a little longer than you think!
4. Refried Bean & Corn Quesadillas – Gousto
In the mood for Mexican food? These tasty vegetarian quesadillas from Gousto are just the way to make you feel like you’ve just dropped dollar at Chipotle. Plus, it’s a useful life hack to learn how to make refried beans – turns out it’s really easy! Old El Paso have been basically stealing a living this whole time.
Difficulty rating: 2/5. There’s lots of moving parts here, but nothing that’ll tax you too much, and no hard-to-source ingredients.
5. Build your own pizza fakeaway – Hubbub
Takeaway pizza is one of the biggest temptations out there – who doesn’t love a box of cheesy sliced deliciousness? This recipe from Hubbub lets you cut out all the middlemen by literally making your own pizza from scratch – base and all! Sub out the cheese for a plant-based alternative if you want to make it vegan. Also, as it’s your own creation, go wild with toppings. Nobody’s going to judge you if you want double anchovies, extra garlic and horseradish, though they might not want to kiss you for a while.
Difficulty rating: 3/5. It might take a few tries to get the hang of kneading the dough, but it isn’t too complicated.
6. Fish and chips fakeaway – BBC Good Food
This recipe from BBC Good Food is a really simple way to replicate the chippy experience. Home roasting your own chips is really satisfying – make sure to use loads of olive oil. Plus, the steps for coating the fish in batter are nice and straightforward. You can even make your own mushy peas right at the end, though don’t forget a good helping of salt and vinegar.
Difficulty rating: 2/5. It can mostly be left alone in the oven, so you can settle down with a pre-dinner beer.
7. Chris Bavin's Chicken Katsu Curry fakeaway
Chicken katsu curry is one of the latter-day heroes of takeaway. It's been popularised by the likes of Wagamama and the booming interest in Japanese cuisine. This recipe from fakeaway guru Chris Bavin is a delicious treat, blending crunchily coated chicken with a thick, warming sauce – just as a good katsu curry should! The inclusion of peanut butter in the sauce might sound bonkers, but it really does work.
Difficult rating: 2/5. There are quite a few steps, but nothing too taxing.
8. Prawn and Tofu Pad Thai fakeaway – Jamie Oliver
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if a group of people order Thai food, at least two of them will get a pad thai. That makes it a perfect candidate for a fakeaway! We really rate this prawn and tofu version from Jamie Oliver. It's got tangy tamarind and a salty kick thanks to the inclusion of dried shrimps.
Difficulty rating: 4/5. Dried shrimps and tamarind may have you scouring specialist supermarkets, and there is a bit of fiddliness with taking the mixture on and off the heat. It is worth the effort though!
9. Dieter’s Doner Kebab fakeaway – Hairy Bikers
Craving a good old greasy kebab? This healthy but delicious alternative from the Hairy Bikers is a great way to indulge. Mixing up and rolling out your own kebab is a fun activity, and it has to be said that it looks a good deal more appetising than the giant meat tube on the spit. The recipe also includes garlic sauce, though you might want to add chilli sauce too for real authenticity.
Difficulty rating: 3/5. It’s the sort of thing you want to roll up your sleeves for. However, there’s very limited scope for going wrong.
10. Wild mushroom pilau rice Indian fakeaway – Meera Sodha
Nothing beats a delicious pilau rice when getting an Indian takeaway. This wild mushroom pilau by Meera Sodha is a meal in its own right! The meaty mushrooms pair beautifully with the deliciously fragrant basmati rice.
Difficulty rating: 3/5. You don’t have to use exciting wild mushrooms like morels or chanterelles, but it’s definitely better if you do!
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