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Vegan Schnitzel

Vegan Schnitzel – a veganized version of the classic Wiener Schnitzel. Textured vegetable protein is the perfect base for our schnitzel because it has an excellent meat-like texture.

Vegan Schnitzel

As an Austrian, Schnitzel was part of my childhood. I even had phases where I practically lived off that stuff.  Therefore, when I went vegan I looked for something that could be my equivalent of the traditional schnitzel. And I found it by using TVP slices as a base for the vegan schnitzel.

I usually make a big batch of these mini-schnitzels and use half of them immediately (they taste soft – reminding me more of chicken) and the other half of them cold in a burger or for a cold plate (they’ll get a more pork-like texture). So if you want that too, make sure you double the recipe.

Vegan Schnitzel

The base: TVP

TVP slices for making vegan Schnitzel
TVP slices

This is TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) – the base product we’re working with for this recipe. I really love this stuff as a meat alternative, because the texture is so meat-like and you can store it for months.

I’ve written a whole guide about TVP (what it is and how to use it). Definitely, check it out if you want to learn more about it and I’ve also included my favorite recipes using TVP in that guide.

Alternative: If you can’t get your hands on TVP slices, this Seitan Schnitzel (with homemade Seitan) or this Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel are great alternatives!

How to make Vegan Schnitzel

The ingredients

You only need a couple of ingredients to make this vegan schnitzel:

  • TVP slices
  • frying oil
  • for the egg replacement:
    • flour (wheat flour or chickpea flour)
    • water
    • kala namak (or regular salt)
    • sriracha sauce (optional)
  • for the breading:
    • fine breadcrumbs
    • panko flakes (if you don’t have panko flakes, add more fine breadcrumbs)
    • sesame seeds (optional)
    • spices (I use chicken seasoning consisting of salt, paprika powder, garlic powder, and onion powder)
    • dried rosemary (optional)

The basic steps

cooking tvp slices in water
Step 1: Cook the TVP slices until soft, then gently press the excess water out of them.
coating tvp slices in egg substitute
Step 2: Coat the TVP slices in egg replacement made out of flour, water, salt, and sriracha sauce.
coating tvp slices in breading
Step 3: Coat the TVP slices in breading consisting out of fine breadcrumbs, panko flakes, sesame, spices, dried rosemary.
vegan schnitzel in pan
Step 4: In a large pan, heat enough oil to cover the pan and pan-fry the vegan schnitzel until golden brown. 
vegan schnitzel in pan
Step 5: Then flip, and pan-fry the other side until golden brown as well. Aaaand they’re done! 
Vegan Schnitzel

My favorite side dishes for Schnitzel are rice with peas and oven baked potato slices.

You can also serve it with:

How to get the breading to stick without eggs

Breading TVP or any other meat replacements, tofu, veggies, etc. without eggs is not hard at all.

For the egg alternative, I mix together all-purpose wheat flour (alternatively chickpea flour does work too), water, salt, and sriracha (optional) until it reaches an egg-like consistency.

You can check out the detailed ratios below in the recipe. If the egg replacement is too thick, you can always add more water. If it’s too thin, add more flour.

Then dip the cooked TVP slices or whatever you want to bread in the egg replacement before you coat it in panko flakes or breadcrumbs.

Works like a charm! No one needs eggs for that (or for anything for that matter) :)

Vegan Schnitzel
The texture of the TVP slices is perfect for schnitzel!

More Veganized Austrian Recipes

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Vegan Schnitzel

Vegan Schnitzel

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for vegan Schnitzel made with TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein). It's so delicious and tastes just like the real deal!
4.80 from 10 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, Vegan
Servings 2 (6 schnitzel)
Calories 337 kcal


  • 6 TVP slices (Vegan TVP Chicken Slices)
  • enough frying oil to cover the pan (e.g. canola oil, rapeseed oil, corn oil)

Ingredients for the egg replacement

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose wheat flour or chickpea flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kala namak or regular salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Ingredients for the breading

  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko flakes
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chicken seasoning *
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary


  • Heat water in a big pan or pot and toss the TVP slices in there once it's boiling. When the TVP slices are soft, drain them and gently press the water out of them (this works best with a slotted spoon).
  • In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the 'egg' replacement (it should have the consistency of an egg, add more water or flour if needed).
    In another bowl, combine the ingredients for the breading.
  • Put one TVP slice after another first in the egg alternative mixture, then in the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat a large pan with frying oil (enough so that the bottom of the pan is coated) over medium to high heat. Place the breaded TVP slices into the oil and let them fry until they're golden brown, then flip them over and let them fry on the other side as well.
  • Once they are golden and crispy on both sides, they are ready to serve! They are delicious with rice & peas and oven-baked potato slices.



*If you don’t have chicken seasoning, use 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon onion powder, 1/8 teaspoon pepper.


Calories: 337kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.03gSodium: 574mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 86IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 6mg
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Sunday 18th of June 2023

Hi, the link that you provided for the TVP slices is for 'chunks' and I couldn't find anything else?


Monday 6th of September 2021

Hii, something that makes a huge difference when it comes to TVP is already cooking it with spices. Through the boiling part a lot of water goes into the „schnitzel”, so flavoring it with soy sauce, chicken or pork seasoning and bay leaves already makes a huge difference.❤️


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Any suggestions for making this in an air fryer?

Carmen Leira

Friday 12th of April 2019

Is the serving size on schnitzel or three??


Monday 22nd of April 2019

The serving size and estimated nutritional info is for 3 schnitzel per person.


Monday 8th of October 2018

Can you put them in the oven instead of frying


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

I haven't tried that. They might turn out too dry.