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Vegan Buffalo Seitan Nuggets

Perfectly baked, battered, and then fried seitan makes absolutely delicious vegan buffalo seitan nuggets. Great for kids and adults without any animal products at all.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan appetizer, vegan dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 319kcal
Author LarishaBernard


For the Seitan

For the batter

Sweet Buffalo Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup buffalo sauce, for tossing after cooked
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Alternative Dipping Sauce


For the Seitan

  • In a large bowl, mix together the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeasts, and vegan chicken bouillon together. Set aside.
  • In another bowl whisk together water, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar.
  • Add wet to dry and mix until well combined.
  • Knead the dough for about 4 - 5 mins.
    *You can do this by hand or in a stand mixer.
  • In a large saucepan or pot with a lid, combine the stock, soy sauce and garlic and bring to a boil.
  • Cut the dough into half to make 2 pieces and place both in the pan.
  • Let pan come back to a boil then reduce to simmer about 30 mins. Place the lid on but only partly so steam can escape.
  • After 30 minutes, flip the dough over and continue to cook partly covered for an additional 30 mins.
  • After that, remove the pan from the heat and let the dough rest in the pan uncovered until cooled completely.
  • Once cooled, slice each piece into 1 inch slices and then each slice into a few nuggets (see video for reference)

For the Batter

  • In a bowl, mix the cornstarch, cornmeal, smoked paprika, garlic powder, caynne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • In another bowl mix the coconut cream, 1 tbsp buffalo sauce and liquid smoke until combined.
  • Add the cut seitan nuggets to the wet mixture and stir to coat everything evenly. Next, add your dry mix across the seitan pieces in the bowl and stir again to get everything coated.
  • To Fry: Heat 1-2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the seitan in batches for 4-5 minutes or until golden and crisp on all sides. Remove and drain on a wire rack with paper towels underneath.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the sweet buffalo dipping sauce and toss after cooled for a few minutes or just use as a dip on the side.
  • Alternative cooking: After coating, air fryer in batches for 7-10 minutes or until crispy on all sides.
  • To Make Extra Crispy: Coat in the wet batter and dry batter as directed. Then repeat a second time. Don't double just repeat, wet, dry, wet, dry. Then cook as directed.



*See post for notes about Top 8 Allergy Free variation
**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. 


Serving: 4nuggets | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 1823mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg