Seitan is such a fantastic meat alternative for those that can eat gluten. It’s made from protein-rich wheat gluten and is naturally fat and starch free.
Traditionally, seitan is prepared by mixing wheat flour with water to form a dough, which is then rinsed in water until only gluten remains. Fortunately there are alternative to this time consuming method. By using Vital Wheat gluten which has already been separated from the starch, making Seitan has never been easier!
I’ve found it hard to find pre-packaged Seitan, and it has be ridiculously expensive when i have found it. If you want to try making seitan at home this is just what you need. The process takes a few steps but is actually quite easy and once you get the hang of it, it will be like second nature.
What you’ll need:
Vital Wheat Gluten, 2 cups
Ground Garlic, 1 tsp
Ground Ginger, 1 tsp
Water or Vegetable Broth, 1 1/4 cups
Tamari, 3 tbsp
Sesame Oil, 2 tsp
Water, 4 cups
Reduced Sodium Tamari, 1 1/4 cup
Combine your dry ingredients into a bowl. Combine the liquids and add into the dry mixture. Knead the dough a couple of dozen times (this is crucial!) let it rest 5 minutes, rinse your hands to prevent the gluten from sticking.
Knead again another dozen times (don’t skip this step, be patient!). Set the dough aside and let it rise for another 10 minutes.
Prepare the broth. Combine water and Tamari in a pot. Cut the dough into 6-8 pieces and pull them into strips or however you want to prepare them.
Add the dough to the brother and let them simmer for 45-60 minutes. Remove your Seitan pieces from the pot and let cool, or use it in a stir fry. Seitan keeps well in the freezer in a sealed container if you don’t use it all right away!
If you’re feeling adventurous try it with our Potato Hash recipe, you’ll love it!