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Easy seitan recipe


Seitan is one of those things that seems complicated to make, and some recipes certainly do make it that way, but actually can be made incredibly easily with few ingredients. Once you’ve got the basics perfected, it’s then easy to adapt to your own preferences or to suit specific dishes. This is based on Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s seitan recipe with minor variations, and with the measurements made metric.


For the seitan dough

Dry ingredients

200g vital wheat gluten

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Wet ingredients

120 ml water

60ml low salt dark soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon oil (I used sunflower but olive oil would also work well and is used in the original recipe)

1/4 teaspoon stock paste

For the simmering broth

1 litre water

2 teaspoons stock paste

60 ml low salt soy sauce or tamari


  • Add all of the simmering broth ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil
  • Combine all of the dry seitain ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  • Combine the wet seitan ingredients and stir to mix
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and form to a dough. It should be just slightly sticky but hold together well
  • Knead for around 3 minutes
  • Shape in to a log for one larger roast, or break in to 4 equal sized pieces for individual steak style servings
  • Reduce the heat of the simmering broth and place the seitan in
  • Cook covered for 1 hour for a larger roast or 40 minutes if you divided the dough
  • DO NOT LET IT BOIL WITH THE SEITAN IN! This is important or you’ll end up with mushy, stringy seitan. You just want it gently simmering
  • Once cooked, remove from the pan and pat dry
  • Heat some oil in a frying pan
  • Sear the outside of the seitan in the oil. This gives a nice crispy outer and adds extra flavour
  • Serve

Don’t discard the simmering broth. I used it to cook some green veggies in, and then made it in to a really delicious gravy. There’s no point pouring good, tasty ingredients down the sink!


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