I’ve got your new favorite quickie dinner – Vegan Southern Style Air Fryer Soy Curls! This recipe is easy, convenient, full of flavor, crunch, and fun to eat as well. They are oil-free, gluten-free, and you can change up the seasoning to suit your mood.
This Is My New Favorite Dinner Recipe!
I hate to tell you this, but I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been making these Vegan Air Fryer Southern Fried “Chicken” Soy Curls for months! It’s taken me awhile to get the time to take photos and actually write down the recipe, but it’s worth the wait.
What Are Soy Curls?
They are made of non-gmo soybeans, that are basically cooked, then smushed into a chickeny tender shape. They look a lot like TVP and come dehydrated.
You won’t find them in stores on the east coast, but you can order from Amazon no matter where you live. Since I’m in North Carolina, I order my Butler Soy Curls on Amazon.
How Do Your Use Soy Curls?
For this recipe, I rehydrate them with boiling water, but when I use them in slow cooker or Instant Pot recipes, I usually put them in dry with extra liquid to save time and effort.
How Do You Make Vegan Southern Style Air Fryer Soy Curls?
First pour hot water over the soy curls. In 5 to 10 minutes, they are plump, rehydrated, and ready to go. Some people soak them in broth, but in this recipe I add flavor through the delicious coating.
Next you drain the excess water off. I use a strainer and press on it with a wooden spoon to get out more liquid.
Even after you drain the soy curls, there will be enough moisture to hold on the coating. Sometimes some of the coating soaks up some liquid and makes little crunchies separate from the soy curl. These are great on salads.
More Air Fryer Recipes to Try
- Air Fried Vegan Beignets with an Oven Option
- Air Fryer Cajun Pecan-Crusted Gardein Fishless Filets
- Air Fryer Bow Tie Pasta Chip
More Soy Curl Recipes to Try
Vegan Air Fryer Southern Fried “Chicken” Soy Curls
- 1/2 bag Butler Soy Curls 4 ounces
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup fine ground cornmeal can sub flour
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put the soy curls in a heat proof pan on the stove and pour the boiling water over them. Let them soak for 5 to 10 minutes, or until soft and plump.
- Pour into a strainer in your sink to drain, then press the extra water out with a large spoon.
- Mix the breading ingredients together well in a small bowl.
- Add the drained soy culls to a large bowl and mix in breading well. You want to coat each piece.
- Place the breaded soy curls into your air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 5 minutes. Shake and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Serve as is with fries or over mashed potatoes with a golden gravy.