Seitan Wheat Meat (Vegan Meat Substitute)


This easy seitan recipe is the best I've ever used. I make it often to use on sandwiches and in stir-fries.

close up view of seitan patties garnished with fresh basil, on a white platter
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
3 patties


  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten

  • 4 ½ cups vegetable broth, divided

  • ¼ cup liquid aminos (such as Bragg®)

  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic

  • 4 cups water

  • ¼ cup tamari


  1. Stir wheat gluten, 1/2 cup broth, liquid aminos, nutritional yeast, oil, and garlic together in a bowl until ingredients come together into a ball. Knead until dough has a rubbery texture. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and shape into 1/2-inch-thick patties.

  2. Combine remaining 4 cups vegetable broth, water, and tamari in a large pot; bring to a boil. Carefully lower patties into boiling broth; cover the pot and return to a boil. Set the lid slightly askew to vent steam and reduce the heat to low. Continue simmering, turning occasionally, until patties are firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Remove from the heat and uncover the pot. Allow patties to cool in broth for 15 minutes before serving.


This recipe makes roughly one pound of seitan. You can store the seitan with the broth in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Don't discard the broth — it makes a rich soup base!

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of broth. The actual amount of broth consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 2912mg 127%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 245mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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