22 Easy Seitan Recipes

If you’ve never eaten seitan before, you’re in for something uniquely delicious.

Seitan (pronounced say-tan) is the protein part of wheat. It’s sometimes called wheat gluten, wheat protein, or wheat-meat. Or as I call it, “the perfect plant protein for people who like meaty dishes without the meat.”

How is seitan made? First, wheat flour is kneaded with water to develop a continuous network of gluten protein strands. Next, the dough is rinsed until all the starch granules have been removed. What remains is a dense meat-like dough that can be seasoned and cooked in endless ways. It tastes much better than it sounds, trust me.

So, what’s great about seitan?

It’s healthy!

High in protein and low in carbs and fat, seitan is packed with selenium, iron, phosphorus, calcium and copper.

Since seitan comes from wheat gluten, people with intolerances to gluten should avoid consuming it. On the flip side, seitan makes an ideal choice for those who want a meat replacement but are looking to avoid soy foods.

It’s full of protein!

One one-ounce serving of wheat gluten contains a whopping 21 grams of protein. Good stuff.

It’s versatile!

On its own, seitan is somewhat flavorless, so you can spiced it and prepare it like any other meat product. Added to this is its ability to take on almost any shape, which allows for a wide variety of preparations, like shreds, ground or steaks.

Seitan is available pre-made in the cold or frozen section of well-stocked grocery stores. You can also make seitan at home.

How to Make Seitan at Home

All you need to make seitan at home are a few ingredients like vital wheat gluten—the high-protein flour seitan is made from—spices, and a good cooking stock, depending on the recipe.

The following are good starter recipes for a basic seitan preparation.

Basic Seitan Recipe from Elephantastic Vegan - Care2

Seitan Made with Vital Wheat Gluten / Photo: Elephantastic Vegan

More basic seitan recipes to try:

If you decide to make homemade seitan, plan ahead and batch cook! Gluten isn’t a water-soluble plant-protein. It’s stretchiness is enough to cope with water crystals forming. In other words: freeze that seitan without worry.

Freezing store-bought or homemade seitan doesn’t change its taste or texture. For more cooking tips like this one, check out this handy guide to frequently asked seitan questions.

Vegan Recipes Featuring Seitan

Now that you know the seitan basics, it’s time to start cooking. Let’s drool over a few amazing seitan recipes first, then I’ll share more recipes for maximum seitan inspiration.

Seitan Steak from The Curious Chickpea - Care2

Grilled Seitan Steaks with Mashed Potatoes and Shallot Gravy / Photo: The Curious Chickpea

Vegan Breakfast Sausage by Karissa's Vegan Kitchen - Care2

Maple Breakfast Sausages / Photo: Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

Seitan Nuggets from Sweet Simple Vegan - Care2

Kid-Friendly Vegan Chicken Nuggets / Photo: Sweet Simple Vegan

Southwest Buddha Bowl with Agave Lime Seitan from The Nut-Free Vegan - Care2

Southwest Buddha Bowl with Agave Lime Seitan / Photo: The Nut-Free Vegan

Are you hungry yet? I am! Good news: I found a wide variety of seitan recipes to help get you planning your next meal. From steaks to tacos to kabobs, there’s a little something for everyone.

Here are 14 more delicious recipes to try:

I’m turning the conversation over to you now! Have you ever tried seitan before? Share your thoughts and favorite recipes in the comments!

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Recipe Photos via recipe authors and used with permission.


Olivia M
Past Member 3 months ago

thank you for sharing

Kevin B
Kevin B3 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you.

Anna R
Anna R3 months ago

thank you

Gino C
Past Member 3 months ago


Linda Wallace
Linda W3 months ago

Thank you. I will try some recipes.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn3 months ago

Many thanks to you !

Danny C
Danny Chan3 months ago

The vegan chicken nuggets are absolutely mouth-watering and I hope to try the recipe soon. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Danuta W
Danuta Watola3 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Salla T
Salla Tuu3 months ago