Learn how to make Hawaiian BBQ-Inspired soy curls with this easy slow cooker recipe! The soy curls are seasoned with a sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce and cooked with pineapples, onions, and peppers. Serve this vegan dish for dinner with steamed rice for an easy, satisfying plant-based meal!
Plant-based slow cooker recipes make vegan meal planning a snap! These slow-cooker soy curls won’t disappoint. Inspired by Hawaiian BBQ flavors, these slow-cooker soy curls are a snap to make. Seasoned with a sweet tangy sauce made with a combination of your favorite BBQ sauce and Teriyaki sauce, and slow-cooked with onions, peppers, and sweet pineapple, they will be sure to please.
My first experience with cooking with soy curls was with my BBQ Crunch Wrap with Soy Curls recipe. My family loved that so much and asked me to make more. I wanted to make a recipe using soy curls over rice rather than a wrap. The vegan soy curls recipe is perfect with its mix of sweet and tangy flavors.
As vegans we don't choose to eat meat; but when planning for vegan dinner ideas, we still want familiar textures and flavors.
Soy curls are the perfect way to bring familiar flavors to our plant-based meals because they are neutral flavored and soak up the seasonings you add and cook with. A perfect example is vegan orange chicken with soy curls that tastes surprisingly like take-out orange chicken!
What are soy curls and how do you cook them?
Soy curls are made only by Butler Foods. You can go to their website and find out a little more about soy curls and how they are made. They do not share the exact process they use though as this is proprietary information. They do assure us though that soy curls are made from the whole bean and are minimally processed.
How to rehydrate soy curls
Typically you will need to rehydrate the soy curls before cooking with them. This means soaking in water or broth for up to 20 minutes. It’s that simple!
No Presoaking the soy curls for this recipe
For this recipe, I just throw the soy curls in the slow cooker along with the liquid from the canned pineapple, barbeque sauce, and teriyaki sauce; and they rehydrate while they are cooking.
It is better to rehydrate the soy curls with the sauces as they slow cook. This way the soy curls will be entirely infused with the sweet tangy Hawaiian BBQ flavors when they have finished cooking.
Ingredients needed to prepare this recipe for Hawaiian BBQ Slow Cooker Soy Curls:
- soy curls (affiliate link)
- BBQ Sauce of choice (Try my Healthy Homemade BBQ Sauce for a truly whole foods plant-based meal or my Bourbon BBQ Sauce with Fresh Figs for a sauce with a kick!)
- canned pineapple chunks with the juice from the can (Get the pineapple in juice, not in sugar/syrup.)
- teriyaki sauce (The thin sauce that is watery and resembles soy sauce – not the kind that is a thick syrupy sauce.)
- onion – A Yellow or white onion works best for this recipe.
- red bell pepper – You can use any bell pepper of your choice. I like the vibrant color and sweet flavor of the red bell pepper. I’ve also combined different colored bell peppers when I was trying to use up my leftover produce and that is a lovely presentation as well! I wouldn’t ask you to buy four different bell peppers for a recipe that only calls for one though!
- vegetable broth
- rice for serving – Make it easy on yourself and buy prepared rice.
- a slow cooker like a Crockpot
How to make Slow Cooker Vegan Soy Curls with Teriyaki
The exact ingredients with measurements can be found in the recipe card below along with more concise abbreviated instructions. Read on for more details, tips, and tricks so that you will feel confident making this recipe.
Step one: Prepare the vegetables
A yellow or white onion works best for this recipe and I like the vibrant contrasting color of a red bell pepper. I find it best to chop the onion into pieces and cut the red bell pepper into slices. A sliced bell pepper not only looks beautiful with the soy curls but holds up better in the slow cooker.
Steps two -Four: ADDING THE INGREDIENTS TO THE SLOW COOKER
This slow-cooker soy curls recipe is ridiculously easy! After prepping the vegetables, you just put it all in the slow cooker and cook!
Put the dehydrated (dry )soy curls in the slow cooker first. Remember, there is no need to rehydrate. In fact, it’s best if you don’t.
Pour the can of pineapple chunks – including the juice, BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, and vegetable broth over soy curls. Add sliced onions and bell pepper.
Step five: Cooking the slow cooker Soy Curls
Before cooking the soy curls, give it a little stir to mix the ingredients. Put the cover on the slow cooker and set the timer for six hours on low.
- Spoon the BBQ soy curls mixture on top of your favorite rice. I’m all about the ease of preparation so I use prepared rice I buy at the grocery store. Any one of these will do. Or cook the rice yourself!
- This recipe calls for 4 cups of rice which is 1/2 cup per serving. Use more or less depending on your personal preferences.
- You can serve these delicious BBQ Teriyaki soy curls over a baked potato instead of rice if you’d prefer.
This recipe is great for meal prep too. It makes 8 servings and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days. If it gets a little dried out, I just top it with some more BBQ sauce before reheating.
The Recipe for Hawaiin BBQ Soy Curls Over Rice:
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Slow Cooker Vegan Soy Curls with Teriyaki
- Slice the bell pepper and chop the onion. Set aside.
- Put dehydrated soy curls in a crockpot. No need to rehydrate.
- Pour the can of pineapples (icluding juice), BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, and vegetable broth over soy curls.
- Add sliced onions and bell pepper.
- Give a little stir. Cover and cook on low for six hours.
- Use as a topping on rice or baked potato.