BEST Homemade Seitan (Vegan)

Sharon Palmer

Seitan is a super-nutritious, delicious, and versatile plant protein source, based on the traditional eating styles of Asia. While you can find it at many stores today, you can also make your own flavorful seitan at home for maximum flexibility and taste. Once you make your own seitan, you’ll never go back! You can also feature seitan in so many wonderful recipes, such as this stir-fry and soba noodle salad

A homemade version is more economical and better suited to personalized customizations, like low-sodium or extra spicy. For about $6 (check with your local grocer), one 22-ounce bag of vital wheat gluten flour by Bob’s Red Mill will enable you to make this recipe twice! That means $0.25 per serving—and a pretty sweet deal! It doesn’t hurt that it’s super tasty, too.

Are you ready to get started? Then start by checking out this complete, step-by-step pictorial guide for making seitan here: How to Make Seitan.

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BEST Homemade Seitan (Vegan)


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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings (1/2 cup each) 1x

Description

Learn how to make the BEST EVER homemade seitan—the plant-protein superstar of the kitchen—with this easy guide at The Plant-Powered Dietitian.


Scale

Ingredients

Broth

Dough


Instructions

  1. To make Broth: Combine water, garlic powder, seasoning blend, salt, parsley, turmeric, and fresh garlic in a large pot. Add soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and tomato paste to the pot, mixing well until it comes to a simmer. Cover and reduce to low heat.
  2. To make Dough: Combine (follow same order as noted above) in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into the bowl of an electric mixer (or large bowl). Add vital wheat gluten flour and nutritional yeast and mix with a pastry hook (or by hand) until well combined and starts to look saggy and stretchy. Knead by hand or with electric mixer for 1 minute. Transfer dough to a cutting board.
  3. Use a sharp knife to slice the dough into cubes or strips. Move quickly and keep pieces from touching each other to avoid sticking.
  4. Add pieces of dough to the simmering broth. Cover increase heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until pieces rise are fluffy and rise to the top (about 1 hour). Serve with broth immediately. Or transfer seitan with broth to an airtight container and refrigerate to use for the next 6 days in recipes. May freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. Makes 10 servings (1/2 cup each)

Notes

*Look for vital wheat gluten flour in your grocer’s baking aisle. Vital wheat gluten flour is 100% gluten protein that was separated from wheat flour and packaged in powder form. Vital wheat gluten flour is distinct from “wheat flour” or “gluten flour,” so be sure the package says “vital wheat gluten flour.”

  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Asian, American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 105
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 516 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Keywords: homemade seitan, easy homemade seitan, how to make seitan

This recipe for Easy Peanut Soba Noodles with Seitan is a great showcase for your homemade seitan.

For recipes featuring seitan, try the following:

Shanghai Snow Pea Seitan Stir-Fry with Brown Rice
Easy Peanut Soba Noodles with Seitan
Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

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