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How To Make Seitan (beef Flavor)

How To Make Seitan (beef Flavor)


I have purchased packages of Seitan at the health food store, but have always wondered how to make it myself. I found a great recipe from Vegan Lunch Cast and decided to try it. It is simmering in the pot at the moment, so I don't know how it tastes, but I'll bet it's better then store bought.

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 30

Cook Time : 60

Total Time : 90


Serves 10

  • 2cups vital wheat gluten (Bob's Red Mill)

  • 2tablespoons spelt flour

  • 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 1⁄2 cups cold water

  • 1⁄2 cup tamari, soy sauce (I used Bragg's Amino Acids)

  • 1tablespoon ketchup (or tomato paste)

  • 1tablespoon oil (I used olive)

  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves

  • 1teaspoon lemon zest

  • 12cups cold water

  • 1⁄2 cup tamari (I used Bragg's) or 1⁄2 cup soy sauce (I used Bragg's)


  • 01

    Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. I used my Kitchen Aid and it worked perfectly.

  • 02

    Using the paddle attachment on the mixer slowly combine the dry ingredients.

  • 03

    In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients and mix well with a whisk.

  • 04

    Stop the stand mixer and add the wet ingredients to the dry all at once and slowly incorporate the wet into the dry.

  • 05

    I added about 4 more tablespoons of spelt flour to the mix as I thought it was too wet. Mix for 5 minutes.

  • 06

    After 5 minutes turn the dough out onto a cutting board and form it into a loaf shape and let it sit until broth comes to a boil. Turn the heat down to low at this point.

  • 07

    Cut the loaf into 6 equal pieces and lower each one gently into the simmering broth and let it simmer covered for about 1 hour. Remember DO NOT LET THIS BOIL! It will create holes in your Seitan.

  • 08

    The Seitan will be spongy and holes will make it even more so. You want to avoid that.

  • 09

    After the hour is up remove the Seitan from the pot and place on a dish to cool. If you have room in the fridge this would be a good place to cool it down.

  • 10

    Remember, it has to be thoroughly cooled before its ready. Don't be temped to dig in until it's cold.

  • 11

    You can use this immediately, or store it in it's broth in the fridge for about 5 days. You can even put the big chunks in a zip lock bag and freeze.

  • 12

    The Seitan can be used in place of any meat product, you can even grind it in the food processor and use it for burger if you wish.

  • 13

    Another way to use this is to take a few big pieces and dip in flour, soy milk and bread crumbs and fry or bake it, then top with your favorite gravy.

  • 14

    Bon Appetit!



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