Use our best homemade seitan recipe to make a variety of meals!

Best homemade seitan recipe

We’ve tried a few different recipes before coming up with our best homemade seitan recipe. Making homemade seitan is not complicated, it just requires the right ingredients… and a bit of planning.

What is seitan?

If you arrived here looking for the best homemade seitan recipe, I assume you’ve heard of seitan before. Seitan is a great source of protein in a vegan diet, it contains 75g of protein per 100g. As a comparison, 100g of tofu contains only 8g of protein.

Seitan is made with vital wheat gluten. If you are celiac, seitan is definitely not recommended! Otherwise, adding seitan to your diet is a good way of varying protein sources. If you cannot find vital wheat gluten at your local grocery store, it is very easy to find online. We use either Bob’s Red Mill or the vital wheat gluten you find at bulk stores (Bulk Barn or Bulk Nation). The vital wheat gluten by Anthony’s is also great, and at a better price point than Bob’s Red Mill.


You can buy seitan in specialty stores, but it’s usually quite expensive! With a simple homemade seitan recipe such as the one below, you’ll save yourself a lot of money.

Finally, seitan as such is not a meal, it’s the base for a meal. Once you’ve prepared your seitan, you need to cook it! Seitan can be used in stews, stir-frys, as a roast, as breakfast sausages, and in many, many vegan recipes.

How to make homemade seitan

We usually make our seitan in large batches and then freeze it, to be used later. To make homemade seitan, you’ll go through three steps:

  1. Preparing the seitan (5-10 min, a bit more of you make different flavors of seitan)
  2. Cooking the seitan (up to 60 min, depending on the size of the loaf)
  3. Using the seitan in a recipe (depends on the recipe you’re making)

Follow the recipe below or watch our video where we show you our best homemade seitan recipe:

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Our seitan recipe will allow you to make one batch of seitan, which you can turn into the following:

  • a roast that you can cook as is afterwards (and here’s an easy vegan gravy recipe to serve along with your seitan roast!)
  • a roast that you can cut into smaller pieces to fry or cook in a stew, or
  • breakfast sausages (we even made sausage rolls once!)
  • sausage patties to add to your breakfast sandwich (we use these nifty chef rings to make perfect sausage disks and tofu disks, you’d be surprised to see how the resulting sandwich looks like the ones you can buy in fast-food joints… but tastes much better!!)

 

With the recipe, you will make one loaf of homemade seitan.

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Best Homemade Seitan Recipe
Cuisine Vegan Basics
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 60 min
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups no salt added vegetable broth (can also be two extra cups of water)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (less if using salted vegetable broth, more if using only water)
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/8 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 onion (small, cut in a few pieces)
  • 2 cloves garlic
Cuisine Vegan Basics
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 60 min
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups no salt added vegetable broth (can also be two extra cups of water)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (less if using salted vegetable broth, more if using only water)
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/8 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 onion (small, cut in a few pieces)
  • 2 cloves garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Combine the water, vegetable broth and soy sauce in a sauce pan.
  3. Warm the liquid over medium heat until it steams. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, dried herbs, garlic and onion powder. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  5. Pour one cup of warm broth in the bowl and combine with the dry ingredients.
  6. Using your hands, start kneading the dough. Add more broth as needed, until you get a slightly sticky and elastic dough.
  7. Shape the dough into a loaf and place in a bread pan.
  8. Place the pieces of onion and garlic cloves around the bread pan, and cover the seitan loaf with broth. Keep some of the broth aside to add more as the seitan cooks. Cover the bread pan with foil.
  9. Cook the seitan in the oven for 60 minutes, checking every 15 minutes or so to make sure the loaf is still covered with broth.
Recipe Notes

The seitan loaf can then be used in recipes, or frozen. If you freeze the loaf, divide it into four pieces to make it easier to use in different recipes. We use our seitan as a pizza topping, in stews, to make seitan General Tao, or pan-fried and served with a brown gravy.

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