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Vegan Boneless "Ribs" in Asian Inspired Sauce
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Vegan Boneless "Ribs" in Asian Inspired Sauce

These Vegan Boneless "Ribs" are even better than the real thing, according to my (non-vegan!) husband. The Asian inspired sauce is terrific not only with these, but anywhere a rib sauce would work :)
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 759kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Asian Inspired Rib Sauce

  • ½ Small Onion Chopped
  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce
  • Cup Brown Sugar Packed
  • 2 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 3 Garlic Cloves Pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Pepper

Vegan "Ribs"

  • 1 Cup Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 2 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Smoked Serrano Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 3 Drops Liquid Smoke Optional
  • ¾ Cup Apple Juice


For the Sauce

  • Add everything except sesame seeds to a blender or food processor, blitz until very smooth.
  • Stir in sesame seeds, chill until ready to use.

For the "Ribs"

  • Preheat oven to 350, grease a glass loaf pan (4″ x 8″ or similar size)
  • In a medium bowl, mix together wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, and seasonings.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together almond butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, and liquid smoke until relatively smooth. Add a little apple juice at a time, whisking until smooth.
  • Once wet ingredients are well whisked, pour into dry ingredients and stir to form a lumpy dough. Turn dough out onto a clean work surface, and knead for at LEAST two minutes.
    This is important – if you don’t knead it enough, it’ll turn out puffy, and more like a baked good than a “meat” substitute. It won’t really look any different as you go, you just have to trust in your timing.
  • Press dough evenly into prepared loaf pan, slice into 5-6 “ribs”. (They’ll bake together, you’re basically scoring them). Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Separate“ribs”, toss with sauce, and allow them to sit in the sauce while you heat your grill up.
  • Grill until everything is nice and caramelized, basting a couple times with more sauce.
  • Serve hot. (We like to garnish with sliced green onions, but that’s optional)


Calories: 759kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2340mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 6mg