Seitan Pepperoni


This vegan pepperoni recipe makes spicy, dense pepperoni slices that are perfect on pizza or for snacking.

close up view of a pizza with Seitan Pepperoni, broccoli and cheese, on a blue plate with a pizza cutter
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ½ cups vital wheat gluten flour

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons crushed fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon crushed anise seeds

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ¾ cup cold water

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons liquid amino acid (such as Bragg®)

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Mix vital wheat gluten flour, nutritional yeast, mustard powder, paprika, fennel seeds, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, anise seeds, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Stir water, tomato paste, olive oil, liquid amino acid, and liquid smoke together in a separate bowl. Stir wet mixture into flour mixture until evenly mixed and a dough forms.

  4. Turn dough onto a work surface and knead until smooth. Shape dough into a 1 1/2- to 2-inch diameter log. Wrap log tightly in aluminum foil, twisting both ends to secure. Place on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven, unwrap, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  6. Slice cooled pepperoni and use as desired. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap.


Soy sauce can be used in place of the liquid aminos.

If using a food processor, pour wet ingredients into a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pulse on high speed 5 to 6 times, scrape down the sides, and repeat until well combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

113 Calories
3g Fat
9g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 140mg 3%

* 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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