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Vegan Sausages with Sriracha and Five-Spice Powder


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  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 2 TB sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five-Spice powder
  • fresh or dried thai chilis, sliced or habanero powder or peppers, minced (use whatever amount you want)
  • 1 TB hot chili oil
  • 1 small shallot, grated on a microplane zester
  • 1 head of roasted garlic, pureed (or 23 raw cloves, grated on a microplane zester)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 TB vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 3 TB chickpea flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cold vegetable broth, plus a bit extra if needed
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten (VWG)
  • toasted sesame oil


  1. In a large glass bowl, combine the first thirteen ingredients. Mix well. Taste the mixture and adjust any spices as needed.Now add in the cold broth and mix again until well combined. Add in half of the vital wheat gluten and stir again until well combined. Then add in the rest of the VWG and stir until smooth. It should be soft and squishy, but cleanly adhered together, and all of the VWG should be completely absorbed. Add a bit more cold broth if needed to achieve that texture.
  2. Divide the mixture into four equal pieces. Roll each of the pieces into a cylindrical shape. Place a piece of tin foil on your counter and place a little toasted sesame oil in the middle. Place the sausage of top of that, and roll it up tightly, twisting the ends to create a seal.
  3. Place the sausages in a bamboo or steamer basket. Place that into a larger skillet with a tight fitting lid. Fill the pan with enough water so it comes up halfway to the steamer basket, but does not touch the bottom part of the steamer (you don’t want the boiling water to actually touch your sausages). Place the lid over the top and steam over medium heat for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the sausages from the steamer and allow to cool. If you are not serving right away, keep them wrapped in the tin foil and seal in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator.
  5. To serve, slice them up into 1/4-inch thick or thinner slices, then give them a quick sear in a hot skillet with a little toasted sesame oil.