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Homemade Simmered Seitan [Vegan]

There can never be enough good seitan recipes. In this one, seitan is simmered in a zesty broth composed of spices such as ginger, thyme, oregano, chili flakes, and turmeric. You can follow the recipe as is, or throw in your favorite spices. Having seitan made and on hand is super useful for making quick stir-frys, savory pies, and stews. Enjoy!

Homemade Simmered Seitan [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan


For the Seitan:

  • 3 cups vital wheat gluten flour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Broth:

  • 8 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then whisk up the vegetable broth, soy sauce, and olive oil and pour into mixing bowl with dry ingredients. Mix together with your hands into an elastic dough, then knead for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Leave gluten dough to rest while you prepare the simmering broth.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large stock pot and bring to the boil.
  4. Tear off 1/4 cup sized chunks of gluten dough and flatten and shape into small cutlets, then drop, one by one, into the broth. Once all dough is in the pot, bring back to boil then reduce heat so the liquid is gently simmering, covering half of the pot with a lid.
  5. Simmer the seitan for 45-50 minutes, until firm, then drain.


Seitan (Plant Protein)




I have spent the last three and a half years sailing around the world as a Chief Cook with Sea Shepherd. On board these strictly vegan ships I have learned so much more about cooking, especially having to please a very hungry crew of sometimes 40 people three times a day, whatever the weather or how much the ship is rolling. While patrolling against illegal fishing in West Africa, I decided to start my vegan recipe blog, The Grumpy Sailor.



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