Recipe- Vegan “Chicken” Fried Soy Curls (Air Fryer)

After all, you probably purchased your soy curls in that pack of 3, so here’s yet another delicious recipe with the versatile, protein packed ingredient.

There’s not much to these crunchy delights, but cooking them in the air fryer gives you a perfect texture. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can cook them in the oven at 400°F for about ten minutes. Check them to see if the crisp is to your liking, and if not, shake them around and give them a few more minutes.

The original recipe called for a cajun style spice. Earlier this year, my husband went to New Orleans for work. One of the things he brought back was a bottle of this “Voodoo” cajun seasoning.

The bottle he bought was much smaller, but after we ran out, I quickly realized you could buy a big bottle on Amazon. It’s pretty good stuff! It’s got a bit of a kick, so use it sparingly if you don’t love spicy foods. I added it to my chili a few weeks ago and it was perfect! Since it’s just an ingredient in the batter here, don’t worry about using the full amount; the spice won’t overwhelm you! You can also use any Cajun seasoning you’re already used to!

A side note that I’ve discovered after making these a few times: they really don’t reheat well. I’m the queen of leftovers, so I always like to know. I think in general, soy curls don’t reheat amazingly well, but these get super chewy in the microwave, and super crispy if you air fry them again. I make just enough for who I’m serving and if there are leftovers, I air fry them to heat them up and sprinkle the crispy bits over a salad! Problem solved!

Orginal recipe from:

Kathy Hester who has a ton of great meatless recipes!


1 bag of soy curls can vary in how many it serves, depending on the size of the pieces, but I would estimate 4-6. You can always cut the recipe in half and use half a bag of soy curls if you’re cooking for a few people!


1 package Butler soy curls, soaked according to package

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 teaspoons cajun seasoning

A few dashes of salt and pepper


Mix together all the ingredients for the breading.

After draining your soy curls, (make sure to get as much water out of them as possible), pour them into the batter mixture and stir well, making sure every piece is coated.

Place in the air fryer in a somewhat single layer. A little overlap won’t be detrimental, but you don’t want too many soy curls in there. You might have to load your air fryer a few times to fry them all, depending on the size of your fryer.

Cook in the air fryer for about 10 minutes at 400°F, shaking the basket halfway through to move them around.

That’s it! They will come out crispy and delicious! I pour mine into a serving bowl and continue the process with the remaining curls. Our favorite sauce to pair these with is BBQ, but a nice vegan ranch would be good too.

I served these with some baked potatoes and brussel sprouts the first time I made them and it made for a yummy and filling meal!

Author: thevegtablevegan

Becoming vegan has been a life changing experience for me. Cutting back on animal products gives us the ability to change the world in so many ways. I started this blog to have all of my favorite recipes handy when someone asks, "What do you eat?" I am by no means a professional photographer, but I always enjoy visually seeing a recipe, so I do like to include pictures. I'm a busy, stay at home mommy, but try to find the time to add new recipes. I hope to offer delicious and easy plant-based recipes for those who are having trouble transitioning, already vegan, or simply want to incorporate a few vegan meals here and there. 🙂

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