Meatless Mondays: Basic Seitan

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Seitan, not to be confused with the guy in red, is a meat alternative made using wheat protein (aka gluten). Pronounced “SAY-tan” (as opposed to “SAY-tun”), this easy-to-make “wheat meat” is perfect for using in stir-fries, sandwiches, soups and almost anywhere you might normally use meat. We like to put it on a bun,  slather it in barbecue sauce and top with coleslaw for a deliciously messy sandwich ala Veganomicon.

Some may find this a bit intimidating at first, but let me assure you, making your own seitan is so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. (Not to mention making your own is WAY cheaper than buying it!)

Basic Seitan

  • 2 cups Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1/2 tsp. Sage
  • 1 tsp. Marjoram
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Water


  • 6 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce


Bring to a boil the water for the broth, molasses and soy sauce.

Mix together the gluten flour and spices. Add water to mixture and stir into a sponge-like dough. This should not be excessively wet. Knead dough a minute to make dough tougher and more elastic. Cut into 2 x 2 inch pieces and place into boiling broth. Cook in broth for about 1 hour, lowering heat as needed. Drain and use seitan for a stir-fry, sandwiches, stews and more. Makes 12 servings.

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2 Responses to “Meatless Mondays: Basic Seitan”

  1. Stephanie Hammonds

    Can you please repost Carly Talks: Gluten Free Seitan ??

    I was able to find the ingredients on another page, but not the directions.


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