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Thinly sliced seitan on a wooden cutting board.

The Easiest Seitan for Beginners

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Vegan


This easy seitan recipe is perfect for beginners. Use this seitan as a vegan meat substitute in stir-frys, gravies, soups, and sandwiches.




  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Broth (For Simmering) 

  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped (optional, for extra flavor)
  • 3 garlic cloves, bashed (optional, for extra flavor)
  • 1 cup water (more as needed)


  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Pour in the soy sauce and vegetable broth and stir. Once a dough forms and becomes firm, begin kneading it with your hands.
  3. Knead for 8 minutes until it feels elastic.
  4. Let the seitan dough rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Simmer or steam your seitan.
    1. Option 1: SIMMERING (Recommended)
      1. Roll the seitan into a log, and wrap it in cheesecloth, tied at each end.
      2. Combine the water, veggie broth, onion, and garlic cloves to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring to a simmer.
      3. Add your seitan to the pot. The broth should cover about 3/4 of the seitan. If it doesn’t, add more water.
      4. Simmer for 30 minutes, flip, and simmer for another 30 minutes with the lid on and slightly ajar. Check in every once in awhile to make sure the water is still high enough.
      5. Note: SIMMERING is important. Do not let it boil!
    2. Option 2: STEAMING (Also pretty good)
      1. Roll the seitan into a log, and loosely wrap it in aluminum foil.
      2. Put it in a steamer basket and steam for about 30 minutes. If you double this recipe or your steamer basket is very small, you might have to do two batches of steaming.
      3. Let it cool 5-10 minutes before you open the foil.
  6. Once the seitan is done, use as you wish! Use it in sandwiches, stir-frys, gravies, soups, salads, and more. This seitan will keep about 10 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. *


* If the seitan dries out a bit in the fridge, rehydrate by simmering in a little vegetable broth before eating. 

Keywords: Seitan, Vital Wheat Gluten, Easy Seitan Recipe, Vegan Protein, High Protein, Mock Meat