Basic Seitan

This seitan recipe is easily customized to whatever you feel like making it for- shape it or season it however you want. All you need to do it mix the dough, boil it and then cut it. It can replace chicken, beef, pork, lamb, whatever meat you’d like. 

Going vegan in the beginning is kinda crazy. Like you don’t really know up from down.

For the first two weeks after deciding to really, fully go vegan, I actually thought I couldn’t have bread. And I didn’t even bother looking into it because I was so depressed at the thought.

When I found out that I could eat bread (can I get a hallejujah!), I also started looking into all sorts of other things.

Seitan is one of those things I looked into. And thank goodness, because once discovered, it opened up a whole world for us!

The texture is meat like, you can season and shape it how you want.

  • Burgers
  • Wings
  • Ribs
  • Pork roast
  • Chicken strips
  • Beef strips
  • Oh my!

All the things you thought you’d never have again suddenly walk right back into your life!

This recipe is for basic seitan. Check the recipe notes for different seasoning options!


It requires a few steps and some practice. Once you make it a few times, you’ll learn what you like and don’t like and how to do it without looking at a recipe!

Start with all the dry ingredients (wheat gluten, flour and spices) and mix them together in a bowl.

Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Once it’s all sticking together, knead the dough with your hands for a few minutes.

Break it into roughly 8 chunks.

Bring the broth mixture to a rolling boil and add the seitan chunks. Boil for roughly 1 hour.

Remove the seitan with a slotted spoon and let it dry for 10-20 minutes on paper towel.

Cut the seitan chunks into desired size (ie; ribs, wings, chicken chunks, beef strips) and bake in the oven at 350 for about 1 hour or until crispy.

Toss the seitan in your favorite sauce, add it to stir fry’s, soups, sandwiches. Or try our Vegan Chik’n Teriyaki Pizza!

Basic Seitan

Basic Seitan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 cup wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oil


  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Knead the dough with your hands for 2-5 minutes until it becomes a sticky dough.
  4. Cut into roughly 8 chunks.
  5. Bring the broth to a rolling boil and add the seitan.
  6. Boil for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the seitan with a slotted spoon and let it dry.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut into desired size and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turn or flip each piece gently and bake for another 30 minutes for 1 hour total.


We highly recommend doubling or tripling this recipe and freezing after baking the seitan for quick use.

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