How can you resist this perfect, plant-based party food? This barbecue seitan wings recipe from the new Southern Vegan cookbook will really sell you on seitan. Try even a tiny taste and you’ll be tempted to make another batch (just for you)!
If you’ve been intimidated in the past by this vegan meat substitute, you’re in for a treat. These Vegan Seitan Wings are super-easy to create and to cook. Grab some vital wheat gluten and bring that pot to boiling!
Many people confuse tofu and seitan. Tofu is made out of soybeans and is made by pressing curds from coagulated soy milk into blocks. Seitan is made out of wheat gluten (sold in grocery stores as a powder called “vital wheat gluten”) and is made by developing sticky strands of gluten protein from kneading wheat flour with water.
Both are plant-based foods and make excellent meat substitutes, but they are decidedly different. While both are low in fat and high in protein, they have different ratios of each and have markedly different textures. Tofu is great for people who have gluten sensitivities and seitan works well for those with soy allergies.
Tofu has a terrific egg-like texture that is slightly squishy, but also a bit firm and mildly moist. Seitan has a particularly meaty chewiness that, when cooked and seasoned well, can fool even the most staunch meat lovers. It’s also often used to make plant-based jerky with a dense chewiness that jerky lovers adore. Although distinctive, both are delicious in their own dishes. For these well-seasoned wings, seitan is the sure winner!
Who isn’t wow-ed by a platter of succulent and savory seitan wings? The combination of sweet and savory with chewy and crispy creates some serious snack cravings!
A fan favorite, Barbecue Vegan Seitan Wings are not only an awesome appetizer, but they’re also amazingly addictive. The marvelous mustard sauce is crucial for an authentic, southern style tang. Grab a handful of these nifty nuggets and you’ll fall in love with their fantastic flavor.
Don’t worry about diving into the Sea of Seitan. It’s not as scary as you think and it’s actually pretty easy to prepare.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a homemade sauce. This is especially true when it comes to barbecue!
You can certainly count on this Carolina style BBQ sauce to be both rich and robust. Tart tomatoes and tangy apple cider vinegar are balanced out by thick maple syrup and sweet brown sugar. A pleasantly pungent punch is provided by the mustard, onion, garlic, and cayenne.
If you love your B-B-Q as much as I do, you may wish to make a double batch of this vegan barbeque sauce for the next day! Leftover wings may warrant more of this amazing marinade.
Sadly, stored seitan can dry out quite quickly. If you have any leftover sauce, make sure to spoon over the seitan before setting it into a container or reusable bag. Leftovers will last about 10 days in the fridge and can be reheated either in the microwave or sauteed in a pan.
When microwaving, add extra sauce or water to your container before heating for a minute or two. To reheat in a saucepan or skillet, it’s also a good idea to include additional liquid and cook over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook or your seitan will become dry and dense.
Freezing is also an option for this fantastic fare. Vegan seitan wings will last about 6 months in a well-sealed freezer bag or container. Thaw overnight before reheating.
vital wheat gluten
apple cider vinegar
pure maple syrup
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Lauren Hartmann is a self-professed plant-based rabbit among the omnivore wolves of the world. In her new cookbook, Southern Vegan, she wants to prove that she can create “rabbit food that can make the wolves drool!” (She’s tried this first on her husband, Chris.)
This Florida-based blogger is not only a mom and a wife but also a classically trained pastry chef. Her vision is to create vegan food that is not only appealing and artistic but also delicious and decadent. We love how Lauren is dedicated to converting traditional southern comfort food to crave-worthy vegan cuisine!
We want to thank our amazing recipe tester Taylor Gillespie for helping us perfect this recipe!
This recipe for the best Carolina Barbecue Vegan Seitan Wings was reprinted with permission from the Southern Vegan cookbook by Lauren Hartmann (Page Street Publishing Co. 2020). Photo credit: Lauren Hartmann and Julie Grace. Please note that this article contains affiliate links that help support our work at World of Vegan!