Vegan hot wings & ranch dressing for your Super Bowl party

Vegan Hot Wings recipeYou can’t have a Super Bowl party without hot wings. And you don’t have to give up hot wings if you’re trying to eat healthy. This vegan version of hot wings creates spicy, meaty snack bites. Serve them with my vegan ranch dressing and crunchy celery sticks to cool the heat. Husband tested and approved!

If possible, start the tofu two days prior to serving. Press it for one day and marinate it for one day for the richest, spiciest flavor. If you have vegans or vegetarians coming over for the Super Bowl, give this a try and let me know how it goes!

Suitable for:

vegan, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

low-sodium or migraine diets

Vegan Ranch Dressing

I had to share this photo from reader Shelia M, who said, “Thank you again! Everything was perfect – from the hot wings to the ranch dressing. Steve and I are stuffed and happy.”Vegan hot wings | Reader photo | Recipe RenovatorHere’s the original hot sauce used in Buffalo:

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    Vegan hot wings & ranch dressing for your Super Bowl party
  • Tasty, meaty, spicy vegan hot wings (made from tofu) served with homemade dairy-free ranch dressing.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
12 servings 30 minutes 35 minutes 24 hours


Servings: servings


Vegan hot wings
  1. Press the tofu overnight using weights or a TofuXpress. If using weights, wrap the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and place between two cutting boards. Put a heavy frying pan or pile of cookbooks on top.
  2. Cut the tofu into 12 pieces, using the short side as your length, and making the pieces as even as possible. If you want the shapes to be more organic and less stick-like, use a vegetable peeler to shave off the corners of the long edges, and the corners of the top and bottom of each piece. (Reserve the tofu scraps for a stir fry.)
  3. Prick the pieces all over with a fork to help the tofu absorb the marinade.
  4. Whisk the hot sauce, oil, and liquid smoke together. Set 2/3 of it aside in the refrigerator until serving. Brush the tofu with the remaining marinade, covering each side evenly, and then pour the rest over it. Cover and marinate, overnight if possible, in the refrigerator.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F/160C/gas mark 4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a shallow bowl, stirring with a fork. Roll each piece of tofu in the breading, making sure it sticks to each side evenly. Place on the prepared cookie sheet. Spray with cooking spray, and flip over, making sure all the breading is thoroughly coated with spray.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip all the pieces over. Bake another 20 minutes, until the sticks are crispy. Gently toss the hot "wings" in the remaining sauce (you'll need to whisk it together again). Place each piece on a skewer.
Ranch dressing
  1. Put the soy milk and the vinegar in the blender and let stand 5-10 minutes to curdle.
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more soy milk as needed if you want a pourable dressing. As written, it makes a pretty firm dip (sour cream consistency).

Recipe notes

Buy the firmest tofu you can get. I use Trader Joe's super-firm high-protein (organic, non-GMO) tofu. Minimum pressing time is one hour; minimum marinating time is four hours.

Traditional buffalo wings (from Buffalo, New York) use Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce, but you can use TABASCO, Tapatio, or any other thin hot pepper sauce. I used Tapatio. Since this provides the heat in this dish, choose your sauce wisely. Overseas readers, you are looking for a thin salsa or sauce made from cayenne peppers, vinegar, and spices.

If you want a thick dip, use the smaller amount of soy milk. If you want more of a pourable dressing, use the larger amount of soy milk in the dressing recipe.

Thanks to Jessica from Clean, Green, Simple blog for inspiring me to try her vegan ranch dressing.

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    • says

      Hi Tess, and thanks for the question. Liquid smoke is just what it sounds like… smoke flavoring in a bottle. They make it by capturing smoke and distilled water. A little goes a long way. I use it in a lot of my recipes to give that meaty flavor. Just read the labels before you buy. You want one that says “smoke, water” in the ingredients and nothing else. If you’re in the U.S. I like Wright’s.

  1. Shelia says

    Hot wings is the only dish my husband says he “misses”. In every city we visit we look up veg restaurants and check for vegan hot wings. The only place he liked was a veg diner in NYC that closed. After several failed attempts at making them, and then going gluten free, I never thought we would have the dish again. I found your site, made these with Frank’s and the ranch dressing and WOW!!! These were delicious and even received the “best I ever had” award. Thank you!

    • says

      Shelia, It is getting comments like yours that keeps me going as a food blogger. Thanks so much for the kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how much you and your Hubs liked the recipe.

  2. Fiona says

    Hi :) I was just wondering what hot sauce you recommend. I am always overwhelmed by the selection at Whole Foods. Thanks!

  3. says

    The wings and ranch dressing was a huge hit with my husband and actually some other friends not even vegan. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and your wonderful blog. I will link to your blog;)

  4. says

    I’m wondering if the tofu must be pressed for as long if using super firm (Trader Joe’s) tofu. I guess I might be starting the process too late? But I’m sure it will be great. What type of hot sauce do you use? I’m wondering about using Szechwan (sp) sauce – but it’s really super hot. I want them to be spice, but not excessively… Thanks Stephanie, for the recipe!

    • says

      Tracy, sorry I missed this comment. For future reference, you can shorten the pressing and marinating time, but for the best flavor follow the directions. And yes, you could use another type of hot sauce. Let me know how they came out!

  5. stevo says

    I am 6 months a vegetarian who dabbles in veganism. Hot wings is one food I missed the most. Stephanie, you just may be my saving grace! ;)

  6. Jennifer says

    I can’t wait to try this!! I was never a hot wings eater, but that just looks so super yummy that I want to add it to our weekly menu!

    Question about sauces… I am not a hot sauce person, I’ve never even really eaten it! Is there a mild-ish standard one? I like a little heat, but not crazy. Could I try BBQ sauce in some form?

    Thanks for the help, loving the recipes!!

  7. says

    Stephanie, these look absolutely amazing and the photo is fantastic! This is definitely on my “to make” list! Thanks for sharing the recipe/method.

  8. says

    This is amazing! It sounds so delicious and is exactly the kind of “naughty food” I love when indulging. Unfortunately, Super Bowls are not on the list of indulgences, so will have to dream up another excuse! Wild on Wednesdays? :)
    Thank you, Stephanie. You are an artist in the kitchen.


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