What To Do With Seitan

What should I do with seitan? I have never cooked with it before and I'm not sure what to do with it. I was thinking to throw it in a stir fry. Thanks.


Sassy Sez: Seitan is the Vegetarian's answer to "roast beef". It's made with the gluten from wheat, which makes it very firm and chewy. So if you can imagine some of the ways traditional roast beef is served, this might help to steer you in the right direction.

You are correct, tossing it into a stir fry is a fabulous idea.

I also like to thinly slice and mix with sliced bell peppers and onions and serve on a thick crispy roll with some homemade au jus. Here is an example of this recipe Vegan French Dip Sandwich Au Jus.

Whenever I visit my favorite vegan restaurant in San Francisco, Herbivore, I must order their Shawarma, which is made with seitan. While they don't list every single ingredient and spice on their menu, the basic recipe is grilled seitan w/ seasoned onions, tomatoes, hummus, hot sauce, pickles & tahini in a wrap. You might seek out a traditional Shawarma recipe, and substitute the meat with the seitan.

Here's another idea. Chop up your seitan and add it to a grain to make a yummy meal.

Hope this has given you a place to start. Enjoy! xo

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by: kc

I'm fairly new to veganism. Love your very informative site and have found so far my favorite meal made from Sassys recipe call Seitan with onions and peppers. I used whole grain "lite Italian" flavored wraps and it was soooo tasty. Best thing I've enjoyed thus far.
Thanks Sassy..Ps wish i had your dimples:)

by: Sassy

Hi KC! Welcome to the site, and your new vegan way of eating. Those tortillas sound yummy. Good job!

Seitan is perfect for those new to veganism because it has such a meaty-type texture. Great transition food.

Have you tried tempeh yet? Tastes great, and healthier for you than seitan. I recommend this recipe for Open-Faced Tempeh Reubens.

Enjoy! xo

Cool ideas
by: KC

I like the french dip sandwich idea.

You can also do spaghetti and "meat balls" with seitan.

Tempeh is made from soy. It's not necessarily healthier- most soy is genetically modified. I don't think most people know that. Best to avoid soy products unless you have an allergy to wheat gluten.

by: Sassy

Very true that a lot of soy is grown from genetically modified beans. So ORGANIC SOY is sooooo important. (By the way, corn too!)

I do have to disagree with you about tempeh, though. Most tempehs out there are organic, and I think it might be because the makers of tempeh know that those who choose it are looking for a healthy soy product. Because tempeh is fermented, it is much better for you, and much easier for the body to digest and make use of than non-fermented soy.

Wheat gluten is harder to digest, and not as easy to find organic.

Just some things to look out for. :) xo

by: Anonymous

Sautee Seitan slices with some onion and garlic and then sprinkle with some nutritional yeast..let it brown a bit(scrape the yummy brown bits up) . I put it on top of baked sweet potato chunks and serve with a steamed green veggie. A little vanilla chia pudding (made with almond milk) and
you have a feast!

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