Seitan

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While doing my vegetarian/vegan stint, people would ask the same question…”Where do you get your protein?” There is a common misconception that protein is only found in meat. But really there are plenty of sources to gain protein from besides meat: veggies, carbs, legumes, soy products, tempeh, and seitan. Yes, seitan (pronounced say-tan but I like to call it see-tin). What is seitan? Wheat Gluten. Seitan is available already made and shaped into fancy ‘wheat meat’ items. However, you can buy it in its most natural form, wheat gluten flour, and make your own wheat meat, seitan. It is a lot cheaper to and you can really adjust it according to your recipe.

Delicious Rating: Seitan turns out ugly when you cook it. For that reason I added the little comic instead of the photo, so as not to scare anyone off of this site! This is a really easy recipe for making seitan. I don’t think I can eat seitan by itself. The texture is too spongy and there is a aftertaste I don’t really care for. But when cooked with different food, like in a pot pie or barbecued (check out my BBQ Seitan Ribs) the taste is much better and provides plenty of protein. How do you like your seitan? Please let me know after the jump!

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Seitan
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Recipe type: Meat Replacement
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Yields: 32 ounces
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1½ cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Combine wheat gluten, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and lemon pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add in vegetable stock, soy sauce, and olive oil.
  3. Make into a dough and knead for 2 minutes.
  4. Divide into 4 even pieces.
  5. In a large pan, add onion, garlic, soy sauce, and 8 cups of water.
  6. Add in seitan pieces and let simmer for 1 hours.
  7. Use immediately or store in fridge in the broth.

  • Combine wheat gluten, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and lemon pepper in a large bowl.
  • Add in vegetable stock, soy sauce, and olive oil.
  • Make into a dough and knead for 2 minutes. Divide into 4 even pieces.

  • In a large pan, add onion, garlic, soy sauce, and 8 cups of water.
  • Add in seitan pieces and let simmer for 1 hours.
  • Use immediately or store in fridge in the broth.
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7 comments

  1. I’ve been thinking about making my own seitan for some time now, as I moved from Chicago to a small California farmtown and it is not as easily accessible anymore. The seitan ribs look amazing, I will have to attempt them soon!

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  3. We have very little meat in out diet, just a few times a month and I got the “but how you do get protein?!?!” all the time. I used to tell people that i knew eating veggies was pretty risky will all those people dying from protein deficiency disease these days. haha. I look forward to trying this seitan!

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