As an Austrian, schnitzel was part of my childhood. Therefore when I went vegan I looked for something that can be my equivalent of the traditional schnitzel. And I found it by using these TVP slices (picture below) for a base for the vegan schnitzel. I usually make a big batch of these mini-schnitzel and use half of them immediately (they taste soft as chicken) and the other half of them cold in a burger or for a cold plate (they’ll get a more pork-like texture).
This is TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) – the base product we’re working with in 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.
How to make vegan Schnitzel (Video)
Here’s a video on how I made the vegan Schnitzel! Hope you like it. :)
- 6 TVP slices (Vegan TVP Chicken Slices)
- enough canola oil to cover the pan
- ⅓ cup chickpea flour, sifted
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon sriracha sauce
- ½ cup breadcrumbs or panko flakes
- 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika powder
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
- Heat water in a big 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.
- In a bowl, mix the chickpea flour, water, ⅛ teaspoon salt and sriracha (it should have the consistency of an egg, add more water or flour if needed). In another bowl mix the breadcrumbs (or panko flakes), sesame, dried rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika powder and ½ teaspoon salt.
- Put one TVP slice after another first in the egg alternative mixture, then in the breadcrumbs.
- When all TVP slices are coated you can put them in a large hot pan with enough canola oil so the whole pan is coated. Turn them once the side is golden and crispy.
- Pan-fry it on the other side for 3-4 minutes.
- Serve with parsley potatoes and rice for example and enjoy!
If you give this vegan Schnitzel a try I’d love to hear how it turned out for you! Leave a comment or post a picture on instagram, use the hashtag #elephantasticvegan and tag me via @elephantasticvegan to make sure I’ll see it ^.^ I love to see all your lovely creations! Thanks! <3