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Vegan Steak with Herb Butter and Roasted Potatoes

This vegan Seitan Steak is juicy and super easy to make! You can combine all the ingredients in a food processor – so no kneading required! By adding sparkling water and canned chickpeas to the mix, our seitan is softer than many of the tough seitan cutlets you can usually buy in stores. It goes perfectly with roasted potatoes and herb butter.

Vegan Steak

I’m absolutely in love with how these vegan Seitan Steaks turned out! I’ve been working on the perfect recipe for years and I think I’ve nailed it!

Seitan always seems a bit intimidating to make, but with the use of vital wheat gluten, it’s actually really easy.

These Vegan Steaks are

  • made without animal products
  • juicy
  • much softer than the tough seitan cutlets you can buy in stores
  • super easy to make (no kneading required!)
  • perfect for grilling!

These seitan steaks are steamed, which I prefer to cooking them in water. A grilling pan or contact griller will add nice grilling marks.

If you want to blend in at festive dinners, this is the way to go :D I don’t think meat-eaters would think this is not meat from the looks of it. Vegan in disguise

I’ve brushed the steaks with a simple herb butter and served them with roasted potatoes and BBQ sauce. This was the perfect combo!

Vegan Steak

Tricks for vegan Seitan Steaks that aren’t tough, spongy and rubbery… but juicy!

My #1 super secret ingredient for these seitan steaks that have just the right balance of soft and firm is sparkling water! It’s just a simple substitution with a huge effect. Trick #2 is to use canned chickpeas instead of chickpea flour. This makes the seitan steaks soft and juicy (even the next day or the day after!).

How to make Seitan Steaks

Onion, garlic, fennel and cumin in pan
Step 1: Cook onion and garlic until slightly browning. Add fennel and caraway seeds.
Making Seitan in a Food Processor
Step 2: Add all the ingredients in a food processor (except the vital wheat gluten): chickpeas, thyme, salt, tomato paste, smoked paprika, onion-garlic-mixture, soy sauce, and sparkling water. Pulse.
Making Seitan in a Food Processor
Step 3: Now add the vital wheat gluten. Pulse again.
Making Seitan in a Food Processor
Step 4: The seitan should come together in the food processor.
Seitan made with Vital Wheat Gluten
Step 5: Transfer the seitan onto a board and press it together until it’s a ball.
Rolling out Seitan made with Vital Wheat Gluten
Step 6: Roll out the steaks. You can make 2 large ones or 4 smaller ones or anything in between! Don’t make the edges too straight, the imperfection makes them look awesome and gives them an authentic ‘meaty’ look.
Seitan Steaks steaming
Step 7: Steam the steaks for 20 minutes, flipping them once halfway through.
Vegan Steak
Step 8: For nice grill marks, use a grilling pan and sear the seitan for 1-2 minutes on high heat.

The steaks are AMAZING with homemade herb butter, roasted potatoes, and BBQ Sauce. But of course, you can serve them with your favorite steak sides.

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Vegan Steak

Vegan Seitan Steak

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
This vegan Seitan Steak is juicy and super easy to make! You can combine all the ingredients in a food processor – so no kneading required! By adding sparkling water and canned chickpeas to the mix, our seitan is softer than many of the tough seitan cutlets you can usually buy in stores. It goes perfectly with roasted potatoes and herb butter.
3.55 from 24 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 2 servings
Calories 632 kcal


Ingredients for the Seitan Steak

  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 large white onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • 3/4 cup vital wheat gluten

Ingredients for the Herb Butter Spread

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives finely cut
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely cut
  • 1 pinch salt

Ingredients for the Roasted Potatoes

  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


Instructions for the Roasted Potatoes

  • Preheat the oven to 480°F/250°F.
  • Peel (if necessary) and cut the potatoes into large chunks.
  • Toss them in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and dried rosemary.
  • Bake them in the oven until golden and crispy.

Instructions for the Herb Butter Spread

  • Mash together the vegan butter, chives, parsley, and salt. Set aside in the fridge.

Instructions for the Seitan Steak

  • In a large pan with canola oil, sautée the chopped onion and garlic cloves until soft. Add the caraway seeds and fennel seeds. Let it cook further until the spices are toasted.
  • In a food processor, add the chickpeas, onion-garlic-spices mixture, tomato paste, salt, thyme, smoked paprika, soy sauce, and sparkling water. Pulse until it’s saucy. Then add the vital wheat gluten and pulse again until it comes together in a ball.
  • Prepare a large pot (filled with a couple of inches of water) with a steaming basket and bring the water to a boil.
  • Divide the seitan into 2 equal pieces and roll them with a rolling pin until 1/2- inch thick (1-2 cm). Add the seitan filets into the steaming basket and let them steam for about 20 minutes, flipping them after 10 minutes.
  • For perfect grill marks, cook the seitan steaks for just 1-2 minutes on each side in a grilling pan. They are delicious topped with the Herb Butter and served with a side of baked potatoes and BBQ sauce.


Calories: 632kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 50gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1206mgPotassium: 2414mgFiber: 15gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 870IUVitamin C: 69.3mgCalcium: 243mgIron: 21mg
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 16th of October 2022

Excellent. Easy to Follow!!!


Friday 21st of May 2021

I want to try this recipe & I wanted to confirm that when you steam the seitan you don't wrap it in foil, just put it straight into the steamer as is?


Sunday 13th of June 2021

Yep, the steaks don't need to be wrapped in foil.


Monday 9th of March 2020

Hi Binca,

Can we frost this seitan?... if yes how?...

I will try them tonight ;)

Xx s


Thursday 12th of March 2020

Yes! Definitely! I always freeze some of the seitan for later use. I'd freeze after steaming. Then defrost and cook it in the pan.

Tim Arnett

Sunday 8th of December 2019

I will mosdef try this recipe. My daughter is more forward at trying out these recipes, but I will try making a batch to surprise her, only I will substitute the canola with olive oil. Do you think it would be a bad idea to add some pecan or almond meal? Just thought about adding even more flavor.


Sunday 29th of September 2019


can you substitute the chickpea with chickpea four? If yes, which quantity?