72. Paprika rubbed ribz

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Here’s a yummy recipe for all you seitan worshipers out there!
Sweet and tangy, juicy and tender. Paprika rubbed ribz… the McRib can McF*ck off! 😉

Paprika rubbed ribz
Ingredients (makes around 8 ribz)

3 x cups of veg stock
3 x tsp liquid aminos / soy sauce
4 x garlic cloves (minced)
3 x tbsp. veg oil
3 ½  x cups vital wheat gluten
½ x cups nutritional yeast
3 x tsp smoked paprika
2 x tsp black pepper
2 x tsp ground cumin
½ x onion (sliced)Paprika rub:
4 x tbsp. brown sugar
2 x tbsp. paprika
1 x tsp salt
2 x tsp black pepper
½ x tsp chilli powder
1 x tsp garlic powder
1 x tsp onion granules


Whisk together the veg stock, liquid aminos, veg oil, onion and garlic.
Fold in the flour, yeast, paprika, pepper and cumin until a dough is formed.
Knead for 10 minutes or longer – the dough should become tough and springy.
Cut into 8 equal parts.
Roll out each bit and use the handle of a spoon/fork/knife to press out the shape of individual ribs. Be creative!
Wrap each rack loosely in foil and put into a steamer. Steam for 45 mins – 1 hr.

In the meantime prepare the rub:
In a bowl, thoroughly mix the sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, chilli powder, garlic powder and onion granules. Simple!

Take the ribs out of the steamer and allow to cool until warm but handle-able. Rub in the rub onto both sides. The heat from the ribs should cause the sugar to dissolve slightly, making the rub stick to the surface.
BBQ for 5 minutes on each side, or grill for 3 minutes on each side. Enjoy on their own or on a roll with some salad and BBQ sauce.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be honest of me to have an “experimental” cookery blog if I didn’t share my disasters with you. I originally intended these ribs to look like ribs, using lolly sticks as bones (reminiscent of my spare rib recipe). However it had been a while since I last cooked seitan and I forgot how much it puffs up…. Dinosaur ribs anyone?!




...and after!

…and after!



2 thoughts on “72. Paprika rubbed ribz

  1. I sense the time for my first venture into seitan’s realm is imminent! Do you have a particular brand of vital wheat gluten that you use, and where do you tend to buy yours?

    • Hello! ♥ I tend to buy from Amazon or RealFoods.co.uk
      Or, if I’m in Manchester I’ll buy from VRevolution (and grab a burger whilst I’m at it!)
      Bob’s Red Mill is a famous brand although I’ve never noticed a difference in the different brands I’ve bought.
      Or, you can even make your own starting from a bag of “normal” flour! https://eatingrules.com/how-to-make-seitan/

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