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Seitan in a Balsamic-Wine Reduction [Vegan]

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Yes, you can make restaurant quality dishes at home and this one is a good place to start: tender seitan simmered in a flavorful balsamic wine sauce can hold its own on any fancy menu. Definitely make this dish if you want to impress your friends, family, or your sweetheart with your cooking prowess.

Seitan in a Balsamic-Wine Reduction [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


  • 1 cup (1 8-ounce package) of seitan, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh thyme (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste


  1. Cut the seitan chunks into smaller slices (about 1/4-inch thick).
  2. Place the red wine and balsamic vinegar in a  medium-size sauté pan or saucepan and heat them slowly (I find a pan with about 7-inch diameter works best, you want the sauce to slightly cover the seitan, but also have enough room so that the seitan is not overlapping in the pan).
  3. Raise the temperature to medium, add the seitan and cover. The sauce should be bubbling steadily with the lid closed – you may need to raise the heat to medium-high.
  4. Cook the seitan about four minutes on each side, it should begin to brown lightly.
  5. At the end of the eight minutes, the balsamic-wine reduction will be almost completely reduced and cooked into the seitan. Add the herbs and mix while in the pot. Enjoy!


*Using good-quality vinegar can make such a difference when cooking, particularly in a recipe like this!





I am a bloggerphotographer, and art conservator happily living and working in Brooklyn. I started eating a plant-based diet nearly 10 years ago for my own health and well-being and quickly developed a passion for cooking. I enjoy sharing my love of food through photos and recipes on my blog, Little Vegan Eats. I focus on delicious, affordable, and easy recipes, and love experimenting in the kitchen!



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13 comments on “Seitan in a Balsamic-Wine Reduction [Vegan]”

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Amy Ann Dempsey
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Erik van der Meulen
18 Jan 2016

Hail Seitan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eovuIfeH2k4

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Colleen Coleman
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Looks delicious. I have never had seitan before but I sure would like to try it!!

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