Basic Vegan Homemade Seitan (Meat substitute)

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  • 3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Broth:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced


  1. Combine the dry ingredients: vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, flour, onion powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika, in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Next, combine the wet ingredients: vegetable broth, Braggs Liquid Aminos, and oil in a jar.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the liquid. Knead to combine into one large dough.
    Set aside.
  4. Prepare the broth. Add water, Braggs Liquid Aminos, tomato paste, onion, carrot, and garlic to a medium size pot. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cut the dough in 4 pieces. Add to the boiling liquid.
    Reduce heat. Let simmer gently for 40-45 min.
  6. Let cool before use.


The texture of the seitan will change as it cools, and a few hours in the fridge will give it a chewier, firmer texture.

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