totally easy seitan

now that i’ve had many months to practice makin’ seitan, i have streamlined the recipe to make the whole process even easier. seriously, with only four ingredients and with 1 hour + 10 minutes you can have fresh seitan to impress your loved ones. how cool is that…?

very easy homemade seitan
1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cups nutritional yeast flakes
(optional) 1 tbsp total herbs/spices such as smoked paprika, pepper, garlic flakes, thyme, etc.
1 1/4 cups cold water
1/4 cup soy sauce or braggs (to make it soy-free substitute coconut aminos!)

broth: 10 cups of water homemade broth + 1/4 cup soy sauce/coconut aminos + some ice cubes to keep it very cold

make the broth first: fill up your biggest pot with the water and soysauce and add some ice cubes to keep it very cold.  don’t worry about the exact measurements.

mix the gluten and nutritional flakes in a dry bowl, add herbs if you are using, then add the very cold water and soy sauce.  mix well (first with a spatula, then with your hands works best for me), until it is very spongy and one big doughy mass; there may be some liquid that does not bind with the seitan- don’t worry about it.   let the dough sit for a few minutes, then tear or slice into three equal sized pieces and drop into your broth.  bring the broth to a boil, then simmer at medium/low heat for 1 hour.  stir the pieces halfway through (using tongs or a wooden spoon) so they don’t stick.  let it cool completely in the broth; store in the broth in the fridge for up to a week.

the best way to cook this here fresh seitan:

cut into 1/2 thick slices and grill until browned in a cast iron pan or a nice non-stick pan, for about 10 minutes each side.

i like using peanut oil, but organic canola also works well to brown it nicely.

a note for soy-free seitan:

i made this for a cooking class, and it turned out better than ever!  the coconut aminos adds a nice sweetness, and while it is quite salty, it’s not nearly as salty as braggs or soy sauce.  also, using the homemade broth adds a deep rich flavor to the seitan that makes it work the extra time on the stove!

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3 thoughts on “totally easy seitan

  1. I’ve been sitting on a package of vital wheat gluten for weeks, hoping to make seitan. Your recipe looks great, and is well written :) I’ve never actually eaten seitan, so this will be the first for eating and making. Thanks for the recipe!

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