We all know that feeling of craving some junk food. The following recipe, which I already posted on Facebook in the beginning of 2014, is just right for that. You can recreate my vegan version of the McRib with ingredients you always have in your well-stocked kitchen and therefore it is well suited for sundays, rainy days or hangover days when you don’t want to leave the house. In contrast to the McDonald’s original this vegan McRib is 100% plant-based and you don’t need to feel guilty about having one or two. Furthermore you save more than 2,50 euros with every homemade burger.
VegRib - Vegan McRib
Cost per Serving: 1,00 €
- 2 hot dog buns
- 1 dried soy big steak, dried soy meat
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, e.g. rapeseed oil
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
- 2 gherkins
- 1/2 onion
- salt & pepper
- about 4 tbsp bbq sauce, e.g. for authentic taste Original BBQ Sauce by Bull's-Eye
- Place the soy big steak in a bowl and pour boiling water over it. Let it hydrate for about 15-20 minutes. Drain the steak and press as much excess water out of it as you can (e.g. between 2 cutting boards). Pat dry with a kitchen roll. Cut the steak lengthwise in two halves.
- Whisk together the tomato purée, the soy sauce, vegetable oil, mustard, (smoked) paprika powder and pinch of salt & pepper. Pour the mixture over the big steak halves and rub it slightly in. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile finely slice the gherkins and cut the onion into half moon shapes (or "quarter moon" shapes). Now is the right moment to prepare a side dish if you want one.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and a pan on high temperature. Fry the steaks from both sides until golden brown. Meanwhile halve the hot dog buns and warm them in the oven. Coat the pan-fried steaks with about 2 tablespoons of bbq sauce.
- Place the steaks on the bottom piece of your buns, add the remaining bbq sauce and top with gherkins and onions. Put the upper part of the buns on top and enjoy your vegan mcrib!
What is a soy steak and how can I make it?
Hi Christy. It’s the largest form of textured soy protein available here in Germany (we have soy mince, different kings of soy chunks and also small and big soy steaks). Here you can see how it looks like: https://taleoo.de/vantastic-foods-soja-big-steaks-19687 – Please tell me if you know this product under a different name so I can change it in the recipe. Andi
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Thanks Robert. The shops change their URLs from time to time. I updated the link above.
I can’t find this soy streak product in the US, are you by chance aware of any companies that might ship it?
Hi Jennifer. Sorry, I haven’t found a German shop shipping to the US, yet. You could just replace the soy steak with any other “vegan steak” product (just skip the rehydrating part) or use smaller TVP/TSP products (like TVP beef or soy curls) instead of the large steak you can buy over here. Andi
Are you aware that this says “rapeseed oil?”
You might want to have someone edit this post
Have a good day!
Hi Samantha, what do you mean?
”Vegetable oil ie rapeseed” in recipe section
Hi Amy. Thanks for pointing out, but I have still no idea what’s wrong with rapeseed oil. I double checked if it is the correct spelling and this seems fine. And Rapeseed or canola oil has a better ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than other vegetable oils. So it is for example healthier than sunflower oil, especially for vegans (or all people eating no fish).
I found some soy steaks on Etsy that ship from Lithuania to the US. Shipping is a little pricy, but if you love McRibs like I do, it’s nice to not have to wait til the season starts to get them. Sorry this is a year late.
Thanks for the sharing this info with all the readers from the US, Barlow. 🙂