This Homemade Seitan Recipe Will Take Your Plant Based Meals To The Next Level
If you have ever tried a delicious meat alternative in a restaurant and you weren’t exactly sure what it was, there is a high chance that you had seitan. Seitan is one of my favorite plant-based proteins as I feel it really takes on the texture of meat. If you are trying to impress a meat eater with your plant-based dish, then I definitely suggest you try out seitan. In my opinion, some of the best seitan recipes are the ones made in the comfort of your own home. There is something so rewarding about making seitan from scratch and ending up with a beautiful and delicious creation. So, if you are wondering what we are going to be talking about today, you can probably take a guess. Today I am going to share with you how to make seitan from scratch. This is going to be really exciting so I hope you stick along for the ride. Before diving straight into one of the best vegan seitan recipes, let’s dive a little deeper into what seitan is.
Homemade Seitan Recipe
If you are nervous about how to make seitan, stop worrying now. This recipe is extremely approachable. I promise I will walk you through every step of the process. This recipe is foolproof. By the end of this blog, you will have the best homemade seitan ready to serve up and enjoy. Let’s do this!
Ingredients for the Dough
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten
- ¼ cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup water
Ingredients for the Broth
- 6 cups vegetable broth (low sodium) or water
- ⅓ cup soy sauce or tamari or coconut aminos
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Now that we have our seitan ingredients prepared, it’s time for me to walk you through every step of how to make seitan from flour.
To begin this quick seitan recipe you will start by mixing your 1 cup vital wheat gluten and ¼ cup chickpea flour together in a large bowl. Mix these with a wooden spoon until evenly combined.
Once your vital wheat gluten and chickpea flour are mixed together, you will add in your 1 cup of water. Stir your water into the dry ingredients until well combined. You will know you are done combining once a soft dough has formed. Ensure all of your dry ingredients have been well incorporated into your dough.
Now that you have completed the stirring of your dough, lay it onto a flat and clean work surface. You will now knead your dough for five minutes as you would bread. Once you are done kneading, allow your dough to rest on the side for five minutes.
The fourth step of your DIY seitan recipe is to combine all of your broth ingredients into a large pot. Pour in your 6 cups vegetable broth or water, ⅓ cup soy sauce or tamari or coconut aminos, 2 tsp liquid smoke, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder into your pot. Stir all of these ingredients together until they are well combined.
Heat up your mixture in the pot until it begins to boil and then lower your temperature to a low heat.
Cut your dough ball into whatever size you please. I usually cut mine into 4-8 pieces at this stage. It’s up to you however you don’t want your pieces to be too big or too small. Once cut, add your pieces into your broth that has been sitting at a low simmer on the stovetop.
The seventh step of your how to make seitan at home tutorial is one of the most simple steps. You will simply allow your dough balls to sit in the low simmering broth for an hour. There is no need to cover your pot for this step. Ensure to keep an eye on your pot for the duration of this time. You want to be certain that your mixture is staying around the same temperature for the hour in its entirety.
After an hour has passed by, you can finally say you know how to make your own seitan from scratch. Step eight is quite simple as well. Remove your pot from the heat and allow the contents to cool. Once cooled, remove your seitan from the broth and it is ready to go. Cut your seitan into whichever shapes or sizes you desire to accomplish whatever recipe you are going to use your seitan in.
Ideas For Cooking With Your Seitan Fake Meat
Congratulations, you have successfully followed and completed one of the most stress-free and easy seitan recipes ever. Now that you know how to make your own seitan, I think it is important we briefly talk about some of the most delicious ways to cook our seitan. There are many options when it comes to using your homemade seitan in the kitchen. Here are three of my favorite ways to incorporate this delicious plant based protein into my vegan meals:
Seitan Vegetable Stir Fry
Making a seitan stir fry is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to work with your seitan in the kitchen. Approach this recipe as you would any stir fry. Slice your seitan into thin strips and add them to your stir fry. When covered in sauce and heated through, serve and enjoy.
Breaded and Baked
There is nothing better than a baked and breaded seitan dish. Cut your seitan into sized strips of your liking. Dip them in plant milk, flour and then finish off with bread crumbs. If you want these to be spicy, add your spices into your bread crumbs. Spread out your seitan strips on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until golden and crispy. In my opinion, this is the best way to cook seitan.
Seitan Salad Topper
The last way I will suggest you use your seitan is to simply add them to any salad. Fry your seitan strips in some oil on a pan with seasonings of your choice. Top your salad and enjoy.
After reading this blog and following this recipe, I hope you find joy in making your own homemade seitan. This recipe used vital gluten rather than flour. You may have seen some people making seitan from flour, and this is an option as well. It just requires a little more time and a few more steps. No matter which way you choose to make your homemade seitan, I hope you enjoy it.
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