Agar-Agar: The Halal Alternative to Animal Gelatins

Agar Agar is a combination of sea-derived flakes that gels when combined with liquids, making it perfect for vegetarians and those concerned with eating halal since it’s an all-natural substitute for pork-derived gelatin and any other non-halal, non-dhabiha meat sources of gelatin (which can also come from beef). It is most often derived from seaweed. 

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I have found this variety most readily at Whole Foods Markets in the Asian food section or on Amazon at this link.


It’s super convenient to use, no-mess. 
agar agar flakes on plate

You can also find other varieties in health food stores, Asian stores, Indo-Pak stores and online.

You can also get agar agar powder that is Kosher-certified, at this Amazon link


In the Chicagoland area, try Uni Mart (a Filipino Food Market) where they sell inexpensive agar agar that you must break off to flake and measure yourself (as in the photo below).  

Agar Agar | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Unimart is located at:

7315 W Dempster Ave (between Harlem Ave & Oketo Ave)

Niles, IL 60714

(847) 663-8388   


What would you actually use agar-agar for in cooking? 

You can use it to make homemade desserts such as fruit gelatines (think Strawberry jell-o), and the delicious Italian panna cotta delights. (I have recipes for both in my Summer Ramadan Cooking book, available in paperback or on Kindle). 


For savory dishes, you can use agar agar to make meat terrines such as beef, chicken or duck pate. Ooh, la la- tre French! 

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  1. agar-agar is from indonesia we indonesian eat jelly made from agar-agar i’m glad any person in the world use agar-agar because its halal and comes from natural

  2. Not necessarily indonesia.. Sabah, Malaysia is also one of the seaweed jelly manufacturer..

    I wish there are more halal gelatins in the market..

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          1. There are sometimes issues with packaging as well as manufacturing, so yes there can be scenarios in which a product is naturally halal but not after the way it is handled.

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