Vegan Animal Style Fries (Crispy WITHOUT Oil!)

Vegan Animal Style Fries with Special Sauce in white container

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These Vegan Animal Style Fries are a tasty and healthier version of a classic! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and ready to serve in under 45 minutes.



For the Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 large Yellow Onion
  • 1 ½ cup Vegetable Broth

For The Vegan “Special Sauce”: (makes about 1 cup)

  • ½ cup Silken Tofu
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • 3 tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Medjool Dates (or 2 tsp liquid sweetener)
  • 1 tbsp Tamari
  • 2 tsp Nutritional Yeast
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Relish

For the Animal-Style Fries:

  • 1 batch of Perfect Oven Baked Fries, made with ½ tsp Smoked Paprika (see notes for Air Fryer option)
  • Caramelized Onions, above
  • ½ cup Vegan “Special Sauce”, above


  1. Prep your Fries and get them cooking, whatever method you are using.
  2. Cut the ends off of your Onion and remove the tough outer skin. Cut the onion in half lengthwise, then into half rings that are about ½” thick.
  3. Add a splash of Vegetable Broth to a Medium Pan, then add all of the Onion Pieces. Turn the heat to medium.
  4. Next, Caramelize the Onions. Sauté the Onions as you normally would in the pan, but let all of the Vegetable Broth evaporate. Let the Onions “sit” in the pan for 10-20 seconds without liquid, then “deglaze” the pan using a splash of Vegetable Broth.
  5. Repeat this process until the Onions are caramelized to your liking, or you run out of Vegetable Broth. I used 1 ½ cups of broth in total and my Onions were both soft and deep brown in color.
  6. While the Onions are cooking, prepare the Special Sauce. Add the all of the Sauce ingredients except for the Relish to a high speed blender or food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  7. Add the Relish to the blender, and pulse to combine.
  8. To Serve, place the baked Fries in a large bowl or plate, then top with all of the Onion, and a drizzle of Special Sauce. Serve with extra Special Sauce on the Side.


  • To make the fries in an Air Fryer, bake at 400F for 20 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes to cook fries more evenly
  • Tamari may be substituted for Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce (not GF!)
  • White Wine Vinegar has a distinctive acid and sweetness to it, but if you are in a pinch, you can also use Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • The Special Sauce leftovers will last well in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • Special Sauce inspiration comes from this recipe on The Daily Meal
  • For a more detailed guide on making your own Caramelized Onions without oil, check out this post from Sweet Simple Vegan!