Have you ever wondered how to cook soy curls? Soy curls are a vegan meat substitute that are purchased in dehydrated form. When I first picked up some soy curls I realized, I have no idea how to cook these things!
But never fear, they are incredibly easy to cook — and absolutely delicious. Soy curls are more of a whole food type fake meat, and not a super-processed, fake meat product with a long ingredient list. This post will show you how to easily cook this vegan meat substitute and turn them into a very convincing chicken alternative. I am including a recipe for this sweet, spicy and tangy garlic sauce that uses very simple kitchen staple ingredients, and makes these soy curls extra addicting and delicious!
Bonus, you don’t even have to turn your oven on! It is all done on the stove top, in 20 minutes total (including soaking time to rehydrate the soy curls!)
Where to find soy curls
If you’re reading this post, you likely already purchased some soy curls and are wondering how the heck to cook them. But, if you stumbled upon this post and are now intrigued, you can actually find soy curls in a lot of health food stores, or online. The most common brand is Butler, and we actually get ours from Luminate Co (a local health food store here) and they’re sold in bulk/package-free, which is amazing.
What do they taste like?
These soy curls are rehydrated in a vegan chicken broth (I get mine from Bulk Barn but also easy to find vegan chicken stock cubes online) so they sort of, well, taste like chicken! The texture is chewier and much less mushy/spongey than tofu. They also crisp up really nicely in this recipe, which gives them an amazing chewy texture.
How to Cook This Soy Curls Recipe
This recipe could not be any easier! Unless, of course, you want to skip the homemade sauce (although I recommend trying it!) and use a store-bought sauce instead. If you are short on time or have a favourite store-bought sauce, by all means use that!
- Soak the soy curls in broth for 10 minutes.
- While they soak, blend the sauce ingredients until combined. If you don’t have a blender, simply whisk the sauce ingredients by hand.
- Drain the soy curls, then add to a frying pan with some oil and fry for a few minutes until starting to brown.
- Add some of the sauce and stir to coat. Fry a couple more minutes.
- Serve with extra sauce for dipping, or use the soy curls on burgers, in a stir fry, on top of a salad, etc. Enjoy!