This seitan is eaten by vegans as a meat substitute. The flavoring for this goes well with pretty much any dish, but depending what you are using it for you can change the flavors up a bit by adding finely-chopped herbs to the mixture, or if you're making something Asian or Indian, some grated ginger wouldn't hurt.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Simmering Broth

Directions

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  • Combine the vital wheat gluten flour and nutritional yeast flakes in a bowl; set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the vegetable stock, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, tomato paste, garlic, lemon zest, and seasoning blend.

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  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir with a firm spatula. Knead the dough until a spongy, elastic dough forms, about 3 minutes. Roll the dough into a log shape and cut it into 3 equal pieces.

  • Combine 1/2 cup of soy sauce and cold water in a large pot. The simmering broth should be very cold when you add the dough to help it keep a firm texture and ensure that it doesn't break apart. Place the dough pieces in the cold broth, partially cover the pot, and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover the pot, and simmer for 1 hour, turning the dough pieces occasionally.

  • Remove the pot from the heat and let the gluten cool in the broth for at least 30 minutes. To store the gluten, refrigerate, covered in the broth, in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

  • If your recipe calls for seitan, cut the gluten into pieces. Add vegetable oil to a heavy skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the gluten pieces and cook for 20 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally.

Cook's Notes

Nutritional yeast is not the same as active dry or brewer's yeast. Nutritional yeast can be purchased at your local health food store in flakes or powder. This recipe calls for 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes; if you must use powder, only use 2 tablespoons as it is more concentrated.

You may use cold vegetable broth instead of water for the simmering broth. I prefer to use a cast iron skillet when frying seitan for the best flavor and texture.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 24.7g 49% DV; carbohydrates 18g 6% DV; fat 1.1g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 2516.8mg 101% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
My first try at seitan.. delicious and easy. I had no problems with it at all. I fried some up so edges got crispy and am using some in a recipe tonight.. and this tastes MUCH better than it looks Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/05/2011
Followed all the directions even added extra vital wheat gluten because it felt like it would fall apart. I was still nervous but went ahead.. I simmered most of it and the rest I sauteed. It fell apart like crazy. The flavor it good but it's practically mush. I'm currently trying to salvage it by baking what was simmered. I'm hoping that will pull enough moisture out and not have this be a complete waste. Read More
(18)
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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
09/05/2011
Followed all the directions even added extra vital wheat gluten because it felt like it would fall apart. I was still nervous but went ahead.. I simmered most of it and the rest I sauteed. It fell apart like crazy. The flavor it good but it's practically mush. I'm currently trying to salvage it by baking what was simmered. I'm hoping that will pull enough moisture out and not have this be a complete waste. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
My first try at seitan.. delicious and easy. I had no problems with it at all. I fried some up so edges got crispy and am using some in a recipe tonight.. and this tastes MUCH better than it looks Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2012
Added about an extra 1/2 cup of VWG based on previous comment but texture and flavor both turned out nice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/12/2016
This is a basic recipe and the proportions of liquid to dry are about right. Seitan needs oil IN the dough to develop the gluten--not in the cooking liquid and never let it come to more than a slow simmer. I like to roll a log and then slice into cutlet then simmer them in a skillet with just enough water to cover turning halfway. I also use more seasoning- usually using a variety of condiments that seem to accumulate in the fridge. I like this best dredged in seasoned flour and lightly sauteed. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/22/2013
Soggy but tasted good!!! I'm going to try it again but add less liquids. We'll see how it goes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2016
I made this for my son and did not know what I was doing but followed the recipe exactly. It came out great and is ready to be seasoned and cooked in a pan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2019
This was excellent. Loved the flavor and it was moist. I sauteed them similar to a recipe on here and it was fantastic. Read More