Wondering how to make seitan? Learn all about the process of making homemade seitan, as well as the benefits of eating seitan, in this guide.
Have you tried seitan—the wonderful, traditional, versatile plant-based staple? If you have, it’s probably a regular item in your shopping cart (it certainly is in mine). What is seitan? This common plant-based meat substitute called seitan (pronounced “SAY-tan”) is made from the main protein in wheat flour – gluten. Seitan is made by washing away the wheat starch to reveal the protein. This traditional food originates from 6th century China, where it is widely consumed in Buddhist traditions. It also appears in other traditional Asian cuisines, such as Japan and Vietnam. Seitan is often called “wheat meat” because it mimics the hearty flavor and chewiness of meat, without the animal protein. In addition, seitan is rich in protein with essential amino acids such as lysine and is extremely versatile in a range of dishes. If you’ve ever ordered vegan barbecue ‘ribs’ or ‘ribz’, vegan gyro or vegan Mongolian beef when dining out, chances are you’ve already tried seitan. Commercial seitan is also becoming more widely available (often prepared in delicious varieties) in grocery stores, where you’ll find it in the refrigerator alongside other meat substitutes like tofu and tempeh.
You can put your own spin on seitan by making it yourself, and you’ll have more control over the ingredients. It’s not too hard to do. all you need is Vital wheat gluten (available online and in well-stocked supermarkets) and some ingredients to create a tasty broth (eg spices, herbs, tomato paste) to cook the seitan in. The perfect addition to your plant-powered meal prep toolbox that makes seitan money at home and makes lots of servings for lots of leftovers. Dip strips of seitan into this Vegan Cheese Fondue, quickly toss it with vegetables, and enjoy seitan cubes in this Vegetable Pho, for example. You’re ready for any meal idea with your own versatile homemade seitan!
Learn step-by-step how to make seitan in this guide. Find the full recipe for BEST Homemade Seitan here.
Step by step guide
Find the full recipe for BEST Homemade Seitan here.
For seitan recipes, try these:
Snow Pea and Seitan Vegetable Stir Fry
Veggie Shepherd’s Pie
Winter Melon Mushroom Soup with Seitan
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