Spicy and flavorful Andouille-Style Vegan Sausage is easy to prepare and incredibly versatile. Add this homemade vegan sausage to your favorite grain bowls, stews and soups, snack boards, sandwiches, and Cajun recipes! Oil-free option.
I've made homemade vegan sausages plenty of times over the years, but usually those were Italian-inspired, based on Isa Chandra's recipe for Simple Italian Sausages.
It wasn't until last year that it occurred to me to try adding traditional andouille seasonings to my favorite seitan sausage. And from the very first test batch Mark and I both loved it!
I kept meaning to make it again for the blog, but before I knew it months and months had passed.
Recently I've found myself craving all sorts of spicy foods, so I revisited this one and dialed it in! If you love a bit of kick from cayenne, I think you'll LOVE these vegan andouille sausages.
They also get flavor and color from smoked and sweet paprika, ground mustard, pepper, soy sauce, pinto beans, thyme, and garlic.
And since you're here, I'm guessing you also love spicy vegan meats. So be sure to check out this Vegan Chorizo!
How to Make Vegan Sausage
If you've never made seitan sausages before, please don't be intimidated. It really is incredibly easy. I'll break it down for you...
- First, you need to cut 8 pieces of foil large enough to wrap up each individual sausage link (about 7 or 8 inches long). And if you prefer not have foil directly against your food, you'll also cut 8 pieces of parchment paper. The parchment can be considerably smaller, though, about 5 inches.
- In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl whisk together all wet ingredients except the pinto beans.
- Pour the wet mixture and the beans into the dry ingredients. And here comes the fun part...get your hands in there! No spoon required. You're going to mix everything together by squishing, squeezing, mixing, punching, and kneading. See the photo on the right below? That's how the dough will look after mixing everything together in the bowl, soft and fluffy.
- Next, transfer the dough to a flat surface (if you have a porous countertop that stains easily I recommend using a cutting board). Knead the dough for about 3 to 4 minutes, and don't be afraid to get rough with it. This isn't like kneading bread.
You can tear it, squish it between your fingers, and really mash it up! If any whole pinto beans fall out just mash them and press them back into the dough.
- Once the dough feels fairly firm, shape it into a rectangle. This doesn't have to be precise. Cut the rectangle into 4 equal-sized pieces (photo on the left below). Then cut each of those 4 pieces in half, so that you have 8 pieces of dough.
- Wrap one log in parchment (if using), then in foil. Secure the ends by twisting the foil like a tootsie roll wrapper.
TIP: Wrap the sausages nice and tight! They need to be securely wrapped to help them snap into shape and to maintain their moisture.
- Place the foil-wrapped sausages on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 55 minutes. To test for doneness, press the center of one of the sausages with tongs. If it feels firm, carefully unwrap it to check the color and texture.
Now you have eight spicy, gorgeous vegan sausages ready to eat or use in your favorite recipes!
Baking vs Steaming
I've also cooked these sausages by steaming them, but I preferred their texture when baked. The contact with the hot baking pan browns them like a skillet, and the overall texture and firmness was better.
If you prefer to steam the sausages, cook time will be about 45 to 55 minutes.
We're in the midst of party season, and I can absolutely see these sausages gracing a gorgeous vegan snack board. Slice 'em up and serve alongside an assortment of vegan cheeses, veggies, crackers, bread, olives, mustards, pickles, hummus, etc.
You can also slice these sausage links or crumble them in a food processor, and add them to stir fries, tofu scrambles (like this Cajun Tofu Scramble), pastas, soups, wraps, and sandwiches.
Of course, these can be eaten straight out of the oven when hot or refrigerated for later use.
If you plan to serve later, the best way to reheat these seitan sausages is in a hot skillet, briefly in the microwave, or on a grill. Reheating seitan in the oven tends to dry it out pretty quickly.
Are they spicy?
The recipe calls for a range of 2 to 2 ½ teaspoons of cayenne pepper. I would consider both of those amounts to create a moderately spicy sausage.
Mark and I both liked the spicier batch the best, but only you know your palate! If you want just a hint of heat you could always reduce the cayenne to 1 or 1 ½ teaspoons, though I haven't tested that amount.
I hope you enjoy this Vegan Andouille Sausage recipe! If you try it I would love to hear from you. Snap a pic and tag me on facebook or insta with @myquietkitchen. You can also leave a comment and star rating below to let everyone know how they turned out!
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Vegan Andouille Sausage
- 2 ¾ cups vital wheat gluten (330 g) - Use a scale to weigh flour or "whisk and fluff," then spoon into measuring cup.
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 ½ tsp cayenne
- 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp sweet paprika
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3 Tbsp olive oil - For oil-free diets, sub 2 Tbsp tomato paste.
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp garlic puree, freshly grated from about 4 large cloves
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp molasses
- 1 cup cooked pinto beans - If using canned beans, rinse, drain, and pat dry to remove excess moisture.
- Cut 8 pieces of foil just large enough to securely wrap the sausage links, about 7 x 12 inches. If you like a layer of parchment between food and foil, cut 8 smaller pieces of parchment, about 5 x 7 inches.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, cayenne, smoked paprika, regular paprika, thyme, mustard powder, pepper and salt.
- In a small/medium bowl, whisk together the broth, oil, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and molasses.
- Pour the wet ingrediens into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and add the cup of pinto beans. Push up your sleeves and get in there with your hands! Squish and squeeze everything together for about one minute or until well combined. Mash the beans with your fingers, and press them into the dough.
- Transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead for several minutes or until it becomes stretchy and firm. Feel free to tear and squish/squeeze the dough with your hands combined with more traditional kneading.
- Shape the dough into a rectangle. Cut the dough into four equal-sized pieces, then cut each of those in half so that you have 8 links/logs. The dough will look bumpy and rough but will snap into shape inside the foil while cooking.
- If using parchment, wrap a sausage link in parchment. Then place that on a piece of foil and wrap tightly. Twist the ends like a tootsie roll wrapper so that the sausage is completely sealed within the foil (to keep moisture in). If not using parchment, simply place each sausage link on the foil and wrap as described above.
- Place the foil-wrapped sausages on a baking sheet, and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. When the sausages are done they will feel firm when pressed with tongs. You can also check by carefully unwrapping one foil package. There should be some browning on the outside and the sausage should be firm when pressed.
- Unwrap each sausage and allow to cool.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com.
This looks delicious and much cheaper than buying at the store. Is the molasses required or could it be omitted/swapped with stevia?
No, the molasses isn't required. If you don't have any, I would sub maple syrup. Or if you're trying to avoid added sugars, you can just omit it.
If the intent is to simple grind up the vegan sausage for crumbles, can the foil wrap/parchment steps be skipped altogether?
Definitely! You can simply tear off small chunks of the dough, and either simmer in shallow water or pan fry. The smaller the pieces the more quickly it will cook.
I made these this weekend and they were awesome. I added some chopped up sundried tomatoes to add a bit more oil and it was awesome. I also went on the spicier side. Thanks for the recipe.
Amazing! I was bummed when Tofurky told me that they discontinued their andouille. It was my go-to for jambalaya. This recipe was easy and it tastes better than Tofurky's. Huge yield - I'll freeze the leftovers.
Thank you for a wonderfully easy recipe that's full of flavor.
So… I don’t usually comment on blogs where I’ve found recipes…. But I just had to this time.
I was on the hunt for a sausage recipe to add to red beans and rice for my vegetarian niece (RB&R is one of her fav dishes). THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! We can’t stop eating them. I haven’t added them to the dish yet, but they seem like they’ll keep their sliced form and hold up in the slow cooker. I’m going to add them at the end just to heat em up. Plus another commenter said they hold their form so I’m hopeful. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
I'm so glad you're enjoying them, Dawn! And thank you for taking a moment to leave feedback. I really appreciate it! I've been meaning to post a red beans and rice recipe... you've inspired me.
After trying your pepperoni, I need to try some other sausages now! Please formulate a recipe for chorizo + italian sausages!
Tried this today for a low country boil and they are amazing! One exploded in the oven, but it still tasted great!
Good taste. Absolutely horrendous presentation. Do yourself a favor and blend your beans before adding to the mix. My beans would not mix in. Sausages literally look like poops because of the bean chunks throughout. Hope this will save someone else the headache!
Lauren, If the beans wouldn't incorporate during all of the kneading then they were likely undercooked. In step 5 you mash the beans with your hands and continue to knead for several minutes. But yes, blending the beans into the wet ingredients with a blender or food processor is another option.
Glad you liked the flavor!
Has anyone tried to steam for half the time then bake the rest of the time?
I haven't tried that, but I think it's a great idea!
Hey there. Found your recipe because i want to make some andouille for my gumbo. The main question ia have is: could i also steamcook the sausages instead of baking them in the oven? Maybe you have any kind of experience with steamed saitan 🙂
Btw, your sausages look soooo yummy 😀
Thanks, Sebastian! Yes, you can steam them; it will take about 50 to 55 minutes. Hope you enjoy them... I need to make some gumbo! 😀
I haven't made these yet, but I want to! I extremely allergic to wheat, what can i use instead of the VWG?
Hi Sarah, unfortunately the vital wheat gluten is crucial for this particular recipe, but I have seen other ways of making vegan sausages online. You could take a different, gluten-free base and add the Andouille spices to it! I just came across this one: https://elavegan.com/vegan-sausage-recipe/
I hope that helps!
I just made these! They turned out really well. I used some baked beans that I made a while back instead of pinto beans and omitted the oil. I love the browned bits on the sausages as it adds a fun different texture. This is the first time I've ever baked seitan(I usually boil it) and it's definitely an easy and delicious beginners recipe!
I will leave a Recipe Rating once I make these, which will probably be today. One thing, though: I do not have molasses. Can something else be substituted?
Sure thing! If you have maple syrup that's the easiest swap. Or one small (or half of a large) medjool date could also be blended up with the other wet ingredients. Another easy option is 2 teaspoons of brown sugar plus 1 teaspoon of water. Hope that helps!
I still have not made this, but I have one more question, if you please! Can I use black beans instead of the pinto beans? I've used other beans, including chickpeas, for Isa Chandra's Italian sausage, and they've turned out just fine. But can I do that here?
Hi! Yes, other than it changing the color of the sausages black beans should be fine.
I am making this recipe again for the 3rd or 4th time. This will again be used for my gumbo. I am kicking it up a bit using 4 tsp cayenne, and adding 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp onion powder. I am thinking about adding some cooked rice to mimick the appearance of pork fat. Have you ever tried that? Thanks again for the recipe that we all love.
Sorry for the delayed response! In the busyness of Thanksgiving this comment must have slipped right past me. I LOVE that rice idea! Brilliant. I also love that you're bumping up the spices. The next time I make these I'll implement both of your ideas and report back. Thanks, Bill!
I made these today and they were easy. I worried about their stability in the vegan gumbo I made but they held up fine. I will add extra cayenne next time to make them stand out more in my very flavorful gumbo.
Thanks for the great recipe. My first vegan meal I have ever made! Will definitely make again!!
Wow, that gumbo sounds fantastic, Bill! Thanks so much for your comment. Glad you enjoyed them. 😀 Here's to many more vegan meals!
These look amazing! I can't wait to try them!
Thanks so much, Teresa. Hope you enjoy!