Always wanted to throw a fun BBQ party but didn't know how to make vegan steak? We know the feeling, and that's why we are super excited to bring to you this quick and easy vegan recipe. There is no meat in this, is 100% vegan. We didn't want to create this because we missed meat the taste of meat, but because we wanted the same consistency. Sometimes, it's a lot of fun to eat a tofu burger, but it's even more fun to be able to have Sunday dinner with vegan Yorkshire puddings and veg on the side.
Not only this vegan steak is delicious but it can fool anyone who's looking at it. Every single one of my family and friends thought this is not vegan. However, just because it does look like the real thing, it doesn't mean it can fool anyone. The consistency is similar to that of steak, sure, but the taste is not. Having said that, with the right spices and sauces, this actually has a smokey, slightly tarty flavour, so we promise, everyone will love your vegan steak.
We've been going all in, experimenting with this vegan steak in the last few days. This works fantastic on a plate as the star attraction, or in a sandwich. In the last couple of weeks, we started taking intensive German classes so I've been making us vegan steak sandwiches. If you really want to test your friends, you can make a vegan steak burger and add several layers os salad, tomatoes and onion to a lovely vegan brioche. That's about the only time when your friends might not be able to tell they are not eating a real burger. So that's pretty great.
So how do you achieve that realistic steak look? Well here's the trick. The vegan steak will have a rather firm and stretchy consistency, so every time you try to mould it, it sort of bounces back. I tried using a potato masher to give it shape, but when I'd turn it around a couple of times, all the marks will be almost gone.
So take a cooling rack, put the vegan steak on top of it, and with the potato masher, press onto it. This way, both sides will have their marks at the same time, without it bouncing it back. Do it a couple of times and it will stay this way.
Is there a downside to this vegan steak? Just one, I'm afraid. This is not gluten-free at all. It's made with vital wheat gluten, so this cannot be consumed by those who are gluten intolerant. The vital wheat gluten is super high in protein. If you scroll down to our nutritional label you will see the crazy protein number. So next someone asks you where do you get your protein from as a vegan...give them this recipe.
Can you buy vital wheat gluten? Yes, you can. We buy it from a bio shop right next to us, here in Germany. Ours is from a brand called Veganz. It comes in 250g pouches and I use one pouch in one go. It's about 3 EUR to buy it, but given that I get 4 massive vegan steaks out of it, I'd say that it's really worth the money. So check it out in your local bio shop, or order it on Amazon.
How to make vegan steak?
This is super easy to make. I repeat, this vegan steak is so easy to make, you won't believe it. It only takes 10 minutes (if that) to put together. You'll need a food processor where you'll add the chickpeas, the tomato sauce, the vegetable stock and your spice. Mix this together until you get a slightly thick sauce.
Transfer this to a bowl, then add the vital wheat gluten. Mix with a spoon a little, then start kneading with your hands until well combined. You should have a firm and stretchy texture which you can then mould into a ball and cut into four equal pieces. Move each piece onto the cooling rack and flatten it with the potato masher. Wrap the vegan steak in aluminium foil and steam it for about 20 minutes.
In the meantime, you can do the quick and easy sauce for your vegan steak.
The sauce for the vegan steak is also super easy to do. Simply mix all the ingredients until well combined.
Take your vegan steak from the steamer. Put the steak into the sauce and make sure it's fully covered. If you like your vegan steak smokier, then add more liquid smoke to it. If you like it mild, keep the recipe as it is. And if you want it spicy, you can add some cayenne pepper to the sauce.
Right, you can now fry/grill it right away or you can put it in the freezer for next time.
The taste of vegan steak
So how does this vegan steak taste like? Delicious. But really, this can be up to you as well. If you like a little more smoke to your vegan steak, just add a little more liquid smoke to it. If you want it to be spicy with a subtle smoke like taste, then add smoked paprika to it. For more nuttiness, be more liberal with the nutritional yeast. It really is a fantastic recipe which leaves room for play.
Why you'll like this vegan steak recipe:
- It's quick and easy to make
- It has an incredible texture
- It's full of flavour
- It will be the star attraction for any BBQ
- It has the right herbs and spices
To store your vegan steak, you can let them in the sauce for 1-2 days and make them when you are ready. If you have any leftovers, they keep well in the fridge. We love serving it with a little cloudberry jam on the side.
What do you say? Are you ready for this vegan steak recipe?
This recipe has been inspired by Happy Pear and adapted to fit our own taste at Yuzu Bakes. We created our own version and tested it before sharing it with you.