How to make seitan

What!! I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who are thinking “What on earth is that?” Well seitan is a vegetable protein, it tastes similar to meat (so I’m told) and many people prefer it to tofu. You can buy it readymade in the shops or make your own and save a fortune. There are actually lots of ways to make seitan, but here’s how I do it.

Preparation time: 10 minutes                            Serves: 2

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total: 55 minutes



100g gluten (from health food shops)

200ml vegetable stock

1tsp onion powder

1tsp garlic powder

1tsp salt

soy sauce

Filtered water

Kombu seaweed

1 vegetable stock cube

1 bay leaf

1 garlic clove (peeled but whole)

First you should make up a delicious stock for your seitan to cook in. Fill a large saucepan with filtered water and add the seaweed, the stock cube, the clove of garlic and the bay leaf. Put it on the stove to boil.



Put the gluten, garlic powder, onion powder and salt in a bowl and mix together.



Then add the soy sauce to the bowl oneOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

tablespoon at a time. Mix in with a fork.

You want a breadcrumb texture. Keep

adding soy sauce until you get there.

Usually 3 or 4 tablespoons.


Now you add the stock. This is also where youOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

get your hands dirty! Mix the dry ingredients

with the stock with your hands and form a ball.

Any surplus stock will just stay in the bottomm

of the bowl and you can add it to the cooking stock.


Now put the ball of seitan into the now boiling pot of stock you have on the stove and simmer for about 45minutes.

When you’ve finished, take the ball of seitan out of the stock and use the stock for something else. It should look like this:     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA





Slice the seitan, and shallow fry or grill it,  Serve on its own or with your favourite sauce.




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