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Spicy Baked Vegan Popcorn Seitan Recipe

by Sophie

Spicy Baked Vegan Popcorn Seitan:

In our last post, we made chicken style seitan. Now what? You don’t want to eat some hot curries or grill them? Then try this spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan recipe. You will be surprised how addictive these golden and extremely crispy spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan are. I have fried a batch too, but believe me the baked ones tasted the best.

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So, here it it! My super easy spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan. They are crispy on the out, perfectly seasoned and soft inside, and they taste heavenly. Just dip them in buffalo ranch or in 2-minute avo sauce, and you can taste heaven in each bite.Jump to the recipe

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Spicy, but not loaded with heat: that’s how these vegan popcorn seitan are. I have used some store-brought Cajun seasoning for this and couldn’t be happier. The spicy Louisiana style Cajun seasoning blend work perfectly with seitan. Plus, they add some mild red hue to the tiny seitan bites too. But the slurry is the chief ingredient that adds a flavorful profile to the seitan chunks.

spicy baked vegan popcorn seitanThe slurry is a mixture of soy sauce, hot sauce, Cajun seasoning and apple cider vinegar. I also added some aquafaba to this mixture. I used the Frank’s red hot sauce for this recipe. Add this to the seitan chunks and let it stand for ten to fifteen minutes. The seitan chunks soak the flavor really well. Then make the flour mixture, which you will use for dredging and coating.

spicy baked vegan popcorn seitanThe flour mixture is a combination of white flour+panko breadcumbs+paprika+Cajun seasoning+garlic powder. Add the half of the flour to the marinated seitan chunks and shake to coat well.spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

Then dip the coated seitan into aquafaba (yay, the magic liquid) and then add to the flour mixture to coat well. While coating, work with one piece at a time. Set aside until you coat rest of the seitan pieces.spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

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Now you have two options: either fry the seitans or bake the seitans. I pan fried one batch and then baked the rest of the batches. (the above picture is the pan fried one. You can deep fry these too) Preheat the oven to 350F and place the seitan on a greased the baking sheet and bake until golden brown. (exactly 20 minutes) Out of both the versions, we liked the baked ones more.

Spicy Baked Vegan Popcorn Seitan Recipe:

Step-1:

Prep Seitan Chunks:spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

  • Cut seitan into bite size pieces.
  • Add liquid slurry and mix well to coat.

spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

  • Allow the seitan to rest in the liquid for ten minutes.

Step-2:

Prepare the Flour Mixture:

  • spicy baked vegan popcorn seitanMix 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour(use rice flour or oats flour if gluten-free) with 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, paprika and Cajun seasoning.
  • Add garlic powder and mix well.

Step-3:

Dredge and Coat:

  • Add half of the flour mixture to the seitan and mix well to coat.

spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

  • Now dip each pieces of seitan into aquafaba and dredge in the flour mixture for the final coat.
  • Work with one seitan piece at a time for the best results.

spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

Step-4:

Bake or Fry:

  • Place all seitan pieces on a greased baking sheet and brush them lightly with oil.

spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

  • Bake for twenty minutes in a preheated oven at 350F until the seitans are crispy.
  • Your spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan is ready to savor.

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  • If frying, add 2 cups of oil in a pan and allow it to heat well.
  • Add seitan pieces into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
  • Serve with buffalo ranch or 2-minute avo sauce.

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Nutritional Info:

This recipe yields a lot of spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan. If you serve generously, it is enough for four individuals. This recipe is enough for 4-6 people.

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spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan

Spicy Baked Vegan Popcorn Seitan

Enjoy this Cajun spiced spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan when you crave for something yummy and crispy. These baked yummies are really addictive.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 231kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups Chicken style Seitan

Slurry:

  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp aquafaba (add in the end)
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Flour-Panko mixture:

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

Prep Seitan

  • Cut seitan into bite size pieces.
  • Add liquid slurry and mix well to coat.
  • Allow the seitan to rest in the liquid for ten minutes.

Prepare the Flour Mixture:

  • Mix 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour(use rice flour or oats flour if gluten-free) with 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, paprika and Cajun seasoning.
  • Add garlic powder and mix well.
  • Add salt and pepper.

Dredge and Coat:

  • Add half of the flour mixture to the seitan and mix well to coat.
  • Now dip each pieces of seitan into aquafaba and dredge it in the flour mixture for the final coat.
  • Work with one seitan piece at a time for the best results.

Bake or Fry

  • Place all seitan pieces on a greased baking sheet and brush them lightly with oil.
  • Bake for twenty minutes in a preheated oven at 350F until the seitans are crispy.
  • Your spicy baked vegan popcorn seitan is ready to savor.
  • If frying, add 2 cups of oil in a pan and allow it to heat.
  • Add seitan pieces into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
  • Serve with buffalo ranch or 2-minute avo sauce.

Notes

  • You can add more hot sauce in aquafaba to make the popcorn seitan more hot.
  • Add some cayenne pepper powder to the flour mixture to add more heat.
  • You can freeze the coated seitan and bake them later too.
  • If you want to store the baked popcorn seitan, refrigerate after cooling down and reheat it in the oven(not in microwave) before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal

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15 comments

Marcela July 7, 2017 - 3:52 pm

5 stars
wow…very nice…i am a vegetarian, so wil try this to eat something different 😉

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Sophie July 7, 2017 - 4:10 pm

Thank you Marcela!

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Sheena July 7, 2017 - 4:22 pm

5 stars
Found this after reading your seitan post. I am so gonna make these. They look yum!

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Sophie July 7, 2017 - 4:29 pm

Thank you Sheena! Hope you will try this!

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Elena July 7, 2017 - 4:34 pm

5 stars
Snack looks delicious , m a seitan fan and I liked the idea of using aquafaba instead of eggs.

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Sophie July 7, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Thank you Ele!

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Michelle July 9, 2017 - 9:47 am

Where do you find the seitan and aquafaba? I would like to try a new eating lifestyle.

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Sophie July 9, 2017 - 3:19 pm

Michelle, I make chicken style seitan at home. Check the recipe index, in main course for the recipe. Aquafaba is the brine from a chickpea can. That is a great vegan egg replacer.

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Anna @ shenANNAgans July 17, 2017 - 3:00 am

ALL THE YES for this recipe! 🙂 Not sure where I will find some of these ingredients, perhaps I can order online. Cant wait to try this recipe, have been enjoying vegan and vegetarian snacks, my body just works better when I eat a meat free diet.

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Sophie July 17, 2017 - 10:31 am

Thank you Anna. I was experiencing the same lately. That’s the reason all these vegan recipes. Hope you enjoy making these. Let me know if you have any questions on the ingredients.

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Brenda August 30, 2017 - 6:37 pm

I want to make Seitan, but I need the ingredients…and live in small town.

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Usha September 1, 2017 - 10:09 am

4 stars
I made this recipe last night and it turned out well. As my oven is under repair, I fried the Seitan nuggers and the resulting crispy Popcorn Seitan was delicious. Thank you.

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Sophie September 1, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Thank you Usha! I am glad you liked it

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Bob March 27, 2018 - 10:28 pm

Making now. Just had to chuckle at the mention of using rice flour or oat flour if gluten-free on a seitan recipe.

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Sophie March 28, 2018 - 1:43 pm

What if someone who is gluten-free and just wants the batter recipe for popcorn tofu instead? I know, how will it sound: gluten-free popcorn seitan. Lol

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