How To Grill Meat Substitutes Without Drying Them Out?

How To Grill Meat Substitutes Without Drying Them Out?

Faith Durand
Jun 23, 2011

Q: I have a questions about cooking with meat substitutes. I use them all the time, but I'm wondering if there's a way to avoid the inevitable drying out when cooked on a grill. I'm worried if I coat the product in oil before cooking it will just make it greasy and not help it stay moist. Do you think something like 'larding' with vegetable shortening would work? I'm at a loss...

Sent by Jennifer

Editor: Jennifer, I think this depends on what sort of meat substitute you mean. Veggie burgers? Tofu? Seitan? Tempeh? If you mean the latter two, then I think a long soak in a good marinade will help quite a bit. Check out these recipes, which do that:

Tamarind Seitan Kabobs - At Vegan Yum Yum.
Chimichurri Seitan Skewers at Whole Foods Market.

Readers, do you have any advice or cooking expertise to offer here?


Related: Recipe: Tempeh Deli Salad

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