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Seitan made with Vital Wheat Gluten

Seitan made with Vital Wheat Gluten

Seitan is a vegan meat alternative that you can use for steaks, sausages, schnitzel or wherever you'd use meat. This seitan is quick and easy to make and is not as hard or rubbery like many store-bought seitan products are. You can make the seitan in a food processor (=almost no kneading at all!). 
Course Basics
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 large steaks or 8 vegan sausages
Calories 222kcal
Author Elephantastic Vegan


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


  • In a large pan with canola oil, sautée the chopped onion and garlic cloves until soft. Add the cumin and fennel seeds. Let it cook for another minute 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 it to high heat.
  • Now you can bring the seitan in the shape you want. 
    For sausagesDivide the seitan into 8 equal chunks. Roll and press the seitan into a sausage shape. Roll each sausage in parchment paper and aluminum foil (roll it tightly). Twist the ends so that the seitan is completely covered in foil. Add the seitan sausages into the steaming basket and let them steam for about 40 minutes, flipping them after 20 minutes. 
    For steaks or to use them for Schnitzel: Cut the seitan into 4 pieces for large steaks or 8 for smaller ones. Roll them out flat. Steam in the steamer for at least 10 minutes on each side. You can grill the seitan steaks afterward for nice grill marks. 


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 844mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3.5mg