Despite the rather ominous name, seitan is one of the best foods vegans can use. It’s texture and consistency means it’s great to use as a meat substitute, especially for meats such as chicken. In case you can’t make it to Temple of Hackney (the best seitan spot in London), here are some easy seitan recipes to try yourself. See if you can fool your Omni friends!
- approximately 1 pound seitan, sliced into strips or bite-sized chunks
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
- 1-2 tbsp water
Sautee the sliced seitan in oil over medium-low heat until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Add the soy sauce, stirring to coat seitan well, then add the Balsamic vinegar, barbecue sauce and a tablespoon or two of water, stirring to mix well and coat seitan.
Heat for 1-2 more minutes, until the water is completely absorbed and the seitan is fully cooked.
Use your super meaty seitan strips to make barbecue-style sandwiches, add it to Vietnamese style pho noodle soup, or, serve it with a side of collard greens and some mac and cheese for vegetarian feast!
- 1 pound seitan, sliced into strips
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- vegetable or canola oil for frying (or any other kind of cooking oil)
- 1/3 cup margarine, melted
- 1/2 cup hot sauce or wing sauce
First, coat your chopped seitan with the garlic powder and onion powder. then lightly fry in vegetable oil or canola oil over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned on all sides.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the melted margarine and hot sauce.
Place the seitan in the bowl and stir to coat well. The coating with firm up as it cools, leaving you with a delicious, coated seitan buffalo wing which is just as sticky and delicious as the real thing.
Chinese ‘chicken wings’
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp agave nectar or brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- 1 package seitan
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 green onion, sliced
In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, agave nectar or brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, cayenne and cornstarch until well combined.
Heat one tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil in a sautee pan over medium heat.
Add seitan and cook for 4 to 6 minutes until crispy and brown on both sides, being careful not to burn.
Add sauce mixture to the pan and cook until sauce is thick and sticky, and vegetarian chicken wings are well coated.
To serve, garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 1-pound package prepared seitan, chopped into thin strips
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 zucchini, quartered
- 1 red bell pepper, quartered
- 5 mushrooms (try baby portobello or button)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 8-10 corn tortillas
- 1/2 tomato, diced (optional)
- 1/2 cup guacamole (optional)
- Saute seitan strips in one tablespoon of oil until well browned, about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure they cook evenly.
Stir in soy sauce, chipotle, paprika, cumin, and chili powder and heat, stirring to combine well, for just another minute or two.
Place the chopped zucchini, red bell pepper, and mushrooms in a medium bowl and toss with the remaining tablespoon of oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Arrange the veggies in a single layer on a baking sheet and place under a broiler until they begin to brown and are cooked through about 10 to 15 minutes.
To make your seitan and roasted vegetable tacos, warm the corn tortillas. Top each tortilla with a few of the veggies and a few pieces of sliced seitan.
Top with sliced tomato, homemade guacamole or other taco fixings: sour cream, shredded lettuce, fresh chopped cilantro, salsa or hot sauce.
Flour tortillas could also be used instead of corn tortillas for more of a fajita -style dish if you prefer.
There you have it! Some super easy seitan recipes to try. And if you fancy more, the Internet is full of interesting and exciting ways to cook with seitan, so get experimenting!