This hearty and flavor-packed buffalo Soy Curls recipe is made in the air fryer in minutes. Drizzle the sandwich with vegan blue cheese dressing, and serve with salad or fries.
My love of buffalo sauce goes all the way back to my university days. In my Stars Hollow-variety college town, there was a place that would deliver buffalo wings to the dorms. Once the wings would arrive, I’d pull out napkins aplenty and dive in.
Obviously, this was before I went vegan (by over a decade). I remember that I really liked the spicy buffalo sauce and cool ranch or blue cheese to temper the heat. However, what I didn’t like was the skin on the chickens’ wings and the caveman-feeling of eating right off the bone.
It’s kind of interesting that it didn’t occur to me that I could just put buffalo sauce on other things that didn’t have bones and skin – like you know, vegetables, Soy Curls, seitan, or tofu. Even grilled corn on the cob is a bit more delicious with the buffalo treatment.
That happens for so many of us before we go vegan. There are certain aspects of eating animals that feel strange, uncomfortable, or off putting. But you don’t realize how easy it is to find an alternative, that the alternative can be very delicious in its own right, and without any of the things you didn’t enjoy in the original.
Best of all, the alternative comes without hurting anyone along the way.
Buffalo Soy Curls sandwich
This buffalo Soy Curls sandwich is a compassionate alternative to my old college dorm room order. It has all of the flavor and bite of the original without any of those aspects I didn’t like. Plus, it includes a healthy dose of vegan blue cheese dressing to balance the heat.
How to prepare Soy Curls
Soy Curls are a dried product made with just one ingredient – whole soybeans. So the first step in this Soy Curls recipe is hydrating them in broth for about 10 minutes.
Then squeeze out the liquid until they’re dry to the touch, and brown them in the air fryer.
Soy Curls recipe in the air fryer
For today’s Soy Curls recipe, I’m using the air fryer. I like how crisp it gets the Soy Curls around the edges, and it cooks in just a few minutes’ time. It also doesn’t require any oil, except for the vegan butter in the buffalo sauce.
(What is an air fryer? <—- Find out here.)
Let me be frank with you.
In my book, it’s not buffalo sauce unless you use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. (By the way, the Frank’s buffalo sauce is also vegan if you want to skip a step. I have never used it, but I know lots of people like it.)
I simply melt some vegan butter in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds, stir in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and then toss it with Soy Curls that are fresh out of the air fryer.
Toast a couple of buns in a dry skillet, and then top the sandwiches with Buffalo Soy Curls and vegan blue cheese dressing. (Or you could toast the buns in the air fryer by air frying them for a couple of minutes if you prefer.)
Vegan blue cheese dressing
This vegan blue cheese dressing straddles the line between ranch & blue cheese. The seasonings are more reminiscent of ranch, but crumbled tofu gives it extra texture like blue cheese.
Unlike revenge, this dish is best served hot.
This sandwich is best hot, but it also works well cold or at room temperature. I packed a leftover sandwich for our road trip to Minneapolis, and it was great right out of the cooler.
The only thing I would say in that case is to make sure you don’t overload it with dressing, because no one likes a soggy sandwich (except for maybe the hit new country band, The Soggy Bagel Bottoms).
Here are some more Soy Curls recipes I think you’ll enjoy:
Vegan BBQ Soy Curls with potato salad & collard greens
Vegan BBQ sandwich with coleslaw
Smoky vegan bean chili with Soy Curls