Seitan is full of protein and low in carbs and cholesterol, making it a great substitute for meat. Why not try it for yourself with these inspiring and delicious vegan seitan recipes.
What is seitan?
Seitan is a vegan meat replacement which is also known as vital wheat protein, textured wheat protein, wheat gluten, and vital wheat gluten. Wheat gluten has been a popular protein source in China for thousands of years thanks to its realistic meaty texture.
The Chinese also like wheat gluten as it has a flavour similar to MSG. The Japanese name for wheat gluten is seitan pronounced ‘say-tan’ and was introduced in the 60s as part of the macrobiotic diet.
You can buy seitan in tins or jars, cooked and marinated and ready to eat, or you can easily make your own.
Is seitan good for you?
Gluten is high in protein and eaten in moderation for most people causes no adverse effect. However, as enjoying seitan is made from concentrated gluten extract, it is not suitable for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance.
How to make seitan
Seitan is traditionally made by creating a dough with wholewheat flour and water. You then rinse the dough to remove the wheat starch, bran and other water-soluble proteins, leaving you with a piece of pliable insoluble gluten that forms the base of your mock meat.
It’s easy to make seitan at home using the ingredients from your storecupboard. You can find our basic seitan recipe here.
If you want to make the process even simpler, you can use vital wheat gluten flour and mix it with water.
Now you know how to make seitan, you can make these delicious vegan seitan recipes!
Smothered in a sticky BBQ sauce, these vegan ribs are a real treat and are one of our favourite seitan recipes. The more you knead the seitan, the meatier the texture will be.
Plus, we’ve added in some jackfruit too to make them even meatier.
This one’s for all the Mexican food lovers out there! Loaded up with black bean chilli, vegan cheese and served with avocado, these vegan nachos are great for movie night.
Whether you like yours stuffed in a hot dog bun or served with mash and peas, we all enjoy a good sausage. This recipe for vegan Lincolnshire sausages uses seitan to give them a meaty chew that’s just like a real sausage, minus the meat of course!
The tangy flavours from the pineapple salsa really help to make this pulled ‘pork’ dish made from seitan a mouth-watering meal even sceptics will want seconds of.
This super saag recipe is packed full of healing spices like turmeric to warm you up from the inside out. This is a great way to use up any store-bought seitan you have at home because you cook everything together in one pot so it’s light on washing-up too.
This impressive vegan seitan plait is sure to wow your guests at your next Sunday roast! Bursting with an irresistible umami flavour, this pastry plait is a great recipe for vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Cut into these seitan kievs and discover their buttery garlic centre ready to devour. We love to serve them with hand-cut chips and a side salad for a tasty and comforting vegan dinner.
We think this is one of the most delicious plant-based seitan recipes we’ve ever eaten!
This sweet and spicy vegan mole recipe is such a hit with its rich flavours. The addition of cacao adds a wonderful depth of flavour to this traditional Mexican recipe while seitan gives it a great, meaty texture.
Enjoy all the textures and fresh flavours of this Greek classic thanks to the power of seitan! This recipe is perfect when you fancy a takeaway but don’t want to wait.
Did you know that people in China have been eating seitan for almost 1,500 years ago? That makes it the perfect ingredient to replace meat in this classic takeaway dish.
Put a new spin on traditional tacos with these refreshing recipes. Fluffy homemade tacos are topped with minty seitan chunks and fresh cucumber dressing to delight your tastebuds.
Seitan smokey sausages taste delicious in these vegan hotdogs! Great for vegans and carnivores alike, they’re great for BBQs, casseroles, or even by themselves.
These seitan kebabs taste best with fresh lime and mixed herbs, topped with peanut sauce. They’re great year-round food for the whole family to enjoy.
This vegan version of Mongolian Beef is made by pan-frying seitan and coating it in a sweet, spicy Asian-inspired sauce. Best paired with rice and vegetables.
Try this twist on Taco Tuesday! Make the seitan a little while before, then combine with your favourite taco fillings in the classic crunchy shells.
Seitan seems to taste like whatever you cook it with, so why not cook it with mixed vegetables and a great vegan stir fry sauce? Sounds incredible to us!
Got a can of banana blossom in your cupboard that you just don’t know what to do with?
Give it a try in one of these tasty vegan banana blossom recipes!