Sunday, 26 February 2017

Chick'n style Seitan

For those who don't know what seitan is, it is a meat substitute made from vital wheat gluten, it is a great alternative to soy and tofu.
Seitan can be be flavoured however you like and cooked in two ways which are baked or simmered. Once cooked it can be used in stir fries, roasts, curries or whatever you like in substitute of meat.
This recipe I've made is using the simmering method, it's very easy and the end result is amazing and very delicious.


For the seitan:

1 and 1/2 cups of vital wheat gluten flour.
1 cup of vegetable stock
2 Tbs of Nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp dried Rosemary
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp chipotle chili powder 

For the broth :
8 cups of water
1 vegetable stock cube
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried Rosemary
2 splashes of soy sauce.

Method :
add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly as you want it mixed before adding the stock.

Now add 1 tbs of soy sauce into your 1 and 1/2 cups of stock and add it to the bowl stirring quickly with a spoon.

stop stirring as soon as all the liquid has been absorbed.

Now get your hands in there and gently knead only for 10 seconds ( if you knead too much it will result in a tough seitan) Gently flatten with your knuckles and let the seitan rest whole you prepare the broth.

Add 1 cube of vegetable stock to a large pan with 8 cups of cold water , soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder and dried rosemary. Make sure your pot is large as the seitan pieces will expand whilst cooking.

Bring the broth to a rolling boil and then lower it to a gentle simmer.

Now it's the time to shape your seitan however you like .
I halved the seitan in the bowl and made one bit into a small loaf shape and pulled little bits and stretched them to make chicken like pieces to be breaded and fried on another day.
You can make one large loaf if you wish.

Now gently add the seitan to broth.

Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it won't stick to the bottom of the pan.

Once the 45 minutes is up, your seitan is ready and will look like this.

Put a colander over a large bowl and put the seitan and broth in it. The bowl will gather the broth and the seitan can cool in it.

Once the seitan and broth is cooled store the seitan in a tub with a lid and pour the broth over it to keep it moist.

Seitan is always best eaten the next day as it soaks in the flavours of the broth for a few hours. But by all means it is ready to eat on the same day, so feel free to enjoy it with a meal on the day.
Seitan is so versatile, it can be used in sandwiches, wraps, stir fries and anything else that you would use meat for.

The seitan will last in the fridge for 2 weeks and can also be frozen in it's broth or alone for up to 3 months.

Serving suggestion.


  1. I have always wondered what seitan is - and now I know and I shall try it. Thank you. xxx

    1. Sorry for the late reply, Seitan is really delicious and a great meat substitute and you can do so much with it :)