How to make soy meat substitute

Soy Meat Substitute

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Are you dying to have a hearty meat-like meal, but don’t want to go against your vegetarian or vegan diet?

Good news!

There is a way to get the same texture and flavor you crave, free of animal products!

Included in this article is an easy guide on how to make your own soy meat substitute. 

But first, we’ll answer some FAQs about soy meat. Feel free to skip through the FAQs if you only came here for the recipe.

FAQs

What Is Soy Meat?

Soy meat is not technically meat, but its texture and flavor can be quite similar if done right.

Because of this, it is called “mock” meat, meaning meat-like, or fake meat.

Is Soy Meat Vegetarian Or Vegan?

Soy meat is both vegetarian and vegan because it requires no use of animal products to make it.

How Is Soy Meat Substitute Made?

Soy meat is made with soybeans, soy protein, or soy flour, vegetable stock, and other plant-based ingredients.

This mixture forms a meat-textured substance called soy meat.

How Can I Make Soybeans Taste Like Meat?

It all comes down to the recipe and the seasonings you choose to mimic the flavor of meat. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to do that.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Soy Meat?

There are loads of health benefits from eating soy meat, but here are just a few examples:

  • Low-fat
  • Good source of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidants
  • Cholesterol-free

How Much Protein Is In Soy Meat?

Even though soy meat is not real meat, it is packed with plenty of vegetable protein.

According to Optimum Nutrition, a serving of 100 grams of soy meat has about 49 grams of protein. That’s a lot!

How To Make Soy Meat Substitutes - “Beef” and “Chicken”

Now that you know what soy meat is, here are the best recipes to make soy meat.

“Ground Beef” Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup of textured soy protein
  • Cooking oil of your choice

Instructions

  1. For the marinade, mix together in a bowl: 
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth, 
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste 
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • ½ tsp of paprika
  • ¼ tsp of smoked paprika 
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  1. Optional: If you’re making tacos, add 3 tsp of taco seasoning
  2. Stir 1 cup of textured soy protein into the marinade and set aside for about 5 minutes
  3. Heat a pan on medium heat with the cooking oil of your choice. A few teaspoons should be enough.
  4. Add your “ground beef” to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes

Crispy “Chicken” Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of soy curls
  • 2 cups of boiled water
  • 1 ½ vegan chicken-free bouillon
  • ¼ tsp of chipotle chili powder
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp of creole seasoning
  • ¼ tsp of poultry seasoning
  • ¼ tsp of chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp of plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add to the pan:
  • 1 ½ cups of soy curls
  • 2 cups of boiling water 
  • 1 ½ vegan chicken-free bouillon
  • ¼ tsp of chipotle chili powder
  • Black pepper
  1. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the soy curls are your desired texture.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, mix:
  • 2 tbsp of cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp of creole seasoning
  • ¼ tsp of poultry seasoning
  • ¼ tsp of chipotle powder
  1. In a large bowl (yes, a large bowl), combine:
  • 1 tbsp of plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of hot sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 400℉
  2. Drain the soy curls with a colander, and use a big spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  3. Add the soy curls into the large bowl with the yogurt and hot sauce. Toss the soy curls to coat.
  4. Add the dry mix evenly onto the coated soy curls.
  5. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet, and place your soy curls on top. Spread them out evenly.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, then flip each curl over. Bake for another 10 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Don’t Want To Go Shopping For Ingredients?

If you have a busy lifestyle or are trying to keep loved ones safe during the pandemic, shopping for groceries in-store isn’t always the ideal situation.

If this sounds like you, I recommend trying a vegan meal subscription box. It frees up time and makes mealtime much simpler and stress-free.

I hope you enjoy these delicious vegan meat recipes!