There are a lot of different ways to get protein nowadays. From vegetables and nuts to beans and legumes, there are plenty of ways to add protein to your cooking, no matter what cuisine you happen to be craving. If you’re looking to get protein by emulating meat, you can sear tofu, pan-fry tempeh, marinate mushrooms, or cook up some seitan, or “wheat meat” as it’s often referred to.
Seitan, when prepared correctly, has the chewy texture of meat and since it absorbs any sauce or seasoning that you put on it, it makes for extremely versatile protein source. While you can certainly make your own seitan from scratch using vital wheat gluten and water, nowadays there are also tons of pre-made seitan products that make it a cinch to include it in your cooking. From strips and sauces to braised and BBQ, there is bound to be a seitan product that you will like in existence Here are 10 you should check out today!
Westsoy Cubed Seitan
For a seitan product that can go from package to pan in mere seconds, check out Westsoy Cubed Seitan. This product is marinated in a bit of soy sauce, dusted with chickpea flour, and brushed with garlic, making it a seamless addition across many cuisines. Each serving (1/3 cup) contains 21 grams of protein and just 120 calories. Reviewers are cooking with this seitan in several different ways, including curry spices, marinara sauce, or a medley of vegetables. It seems like the options are pretty limitless with this one. You can get 12 eight-ounce packages for a little over $50.
Primal Strips Meatless Jerky
Primal Strips Meatless Jerky is a somewhat healthier alternative to the traditional jerky available on shelves today. While, admittedly, these jerky strips still have a good deal of salt to emulate the traditional version, it has zero cholesterol and instead of being made of just meat, also contains soy and mushrooms. Each strip has six grams of protein. Reviewers are reporting that this jerky is tasty, energizing, and hearty. It is worth noting, however, that unlike meat jerky which are very dry, these strips do contain a bit of sauce in the package. If that sounds like your kind of snack, you can get a pack of 12 assorted one-ounce strips in the four flavors – Thai Peanut, Hot and Spicy, Mesquite Lime, Hickory Smoked, and Texas BBQ – for $21.
Field Roast Grain Meat Frankfurters
Need some healthier protein options for your BBQ? Check out Field Roast Grain Meat Frankfurters. These hot dogs are made primarily from filtered water, vital wheat gluten, and safflower oil, and are seasoned with tomato pasta, paprika, sea salt, onions, and garlic. Unlike regular hot dogs, these veggie sausages contain zero cholesterol. They pack in just as much protein as meat, though, with 21 grams of protein per serving. According to Field Roast, you can either cook these on the grill, sauté them in a pan, or steam in the oven or microwave. Reviewers are raving about their umami flavor, hearty texture, and quick preparation. One reviewer even said these were the best veggie dogs they ever tried! To see if these franks live up to the hype, you can get one 16-ounce package for a little under $5.50.
Pacific Foods Italian Herb Seitan
Want to add a little protein to your bowl of spaghetti? Check out Pacific Foods Italian Herb Seitan. This product goes beyond vital wheat gluten, and includes sprouted lentils and red beans, as well. It also has a slight zest to it due to the inclusion of garlic and cayenne pepper. It is also soy-free, organic, and yeast-free and each serving has 15 grams of protein. You can get two 12 ounce packages (eight three-ounce servings) for $57. A bit expensive, but if you don’t have these in your local store, it might be worth it.
Viana Picnickers Snack Sausage
Viana Picnickers Snack Sausage takes sausage out of its usual place in the kitchen and transforms it into a savory, portable treat. The veggie sausage “stick” is made from a mixture of water, wheat protein, and smoked tofu, which is then seasoned with garlic and tomato paste. Since this snack needs no refrigeration, reviewers are saying that it is an ideal road trip snack. They also compare the snack to a slim-jim and comment that it is the “perfect balance” between dense and chewy, and has a wonderful flavor. To try these out, you can get a pack of 12 sticks for about $25.50.
Lima Seitan contains strips of seitan suspended in a salt water brine. It also contains onions, garlic, pepper, and a bit of soy sauce. This product is low-fat, high-protein (21.3 grams of protein per serving), and according to reviews, tasty. Despite the fact that this product already contains a bit of seasoning, reviewers seem to feel that this seitan’s flavor is truly elevated when more spices are added. To concoct your own dish, you can get one 8.82-ounce jar for $16.
Harmony Valley Hamburger Mix
Although they specify one type of meal in their name, Harmony Valley Hamburger Mix is a versatile wheat meat mix that can be used for both burritos and hamburgers interchangeably. This mix is made from a blend of soy protein and wheat gluten, and is seasoned with malted barley, onion, garlic, and other spices. To use this meat alternative, you simply have to mix the contents of the package with cold water and let sit for 15 minutes before cooking. Reviewers are saying that this product has a hearty texture, is an excellent ground beef substitute, and is super versatile since it doesn’t come in patty-form. You can get a pack of six 5.7-ounce bags for about $28.
Companion Braised Seitan Tidbits
For a seitan product that likely does not need any help in the flavoring department, try Companion Braised Seitan Tidbits. These wheat pieces are fried lightly and then stewed slowly in a mixture of soybean oil, salt, and sugar. These strips simply need to be heated to be able to use them in your cooking. Companion recommends using this product for fried rice dishes, stir-fries, noodle bowls, and salads. You can get six ten-ounce cans for $25.
Sweet Earth Hickory Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon
Get more out of your bacon with Sweet Earth Hickory Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon. Unlike regular bacon, which is riddled with fat, Sweet Earth bacon is seasoned with a tangy hickory sage sauce, rosemary, cumin, and garlic. The result? The same smoky flavor of bacon, but zero cholesterol, 75 percent less fat than bacon, and ten grams of plant-based protein. Reviewers are reporting that this bacon is yummy, versatile, and healthier than most faux bacon products which contain MSG. You can get ten 5.5-ounce packages for a little over $50.
Mr. Organic Seitan Pasta Sauce
Instead of just adding seitan cutlets to your Italian dishes, how about using a sauce that also contains the savory wheat meat? Mr. Organic Seitan Pasta Sauce is made from a blend of crushed chili and sun-ripened tomatoes, which is then studded with seitan crumbles. Each 100-gram serving has three grams of protein. To try it out, you can get one 350 gram jar for $9.50.
Pacific Foods Korean BBQ Seitan
Pacific Foods Korean BBQ Seitan is a wheat meat made from a blend of wheat protein, sprouted lentils, and red beans. It is then given a tangy, Asian-style flavor from soy sauce, cane sugar, sesame oil, and garlic. To enjoy this product, simply heat and serve. You can get a pack of 12 12-ounce boxes for a little under $53.
Viana Cowgirl Veggie Steak
Need a quick dinner that’s hearty but can be ready in minutes? Consider checking out Viana Veggie Gyros. These non-GMO strips are made primarily from wheat protein, water, tofu, and soy sauce and simply needs to be heated in the microwave for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can pan-fry them for a crispier finish. Reviewers are servings these strips on flatbreads, salads, or with rice and are reporting that this product is flavorful and very addicting. You can get one seven-ounce package for a little under $6.
Biona Organic Seitan Pieces
For a seitan product that can be enjoyed heated or straight from the jar, check out Biona Organic Seitan Pieces. These organic and non-GMO wheat meat strips are marinated in soy sauce, ginger, and mustard seeds for a unique flavor. Biona suggests using these strips as a stir-fry add-on or a salad topper. You can get one 350-gram jar for $11.
Field Roast Lentil Sage Deli Slices
Looking for a healthier alternative to cold cuts? Check out Field Roast Lentil Sage Deli Slices. Instead of meat, these slices are made primarily from water, vital wheat gluten, and expeller pressed safflower oil, and then seasoned with garlic, onion power, sea salt, carrots, and lentils. Reviewers have had successful results using it in cold sandwiches, as well as warm panini sandwiches. To try something new in your sandwich, you can get one 5.5-ounce package for about $3.
Westsoy Chicken-Style Seitan
While seitan is often used in cooking to emulate beef or steak, when cooked a certain way it can also be a chicken replacement. Take Westsoy Chicken-Style Seitan, for instance. This wheat meat is cooked tender and then marinated in soy sauce, pea starch, chickpea flour, and some natural flavors. With each serving having 20 grams worth of protein, Westsoy suggests using these strips as a protein source for stir-fries. You can get one 18-ounce package for $5.
Make Your Own Savory Seitan Delights!
If you feel like playing chef, you can always skip out on ordering online and make your own seitan dishes! Since seitan is so versatile and essentially embodies the flavors of whatever dish it is in, you can create seitan entrées across several cuisines.
If you’re in the mood for Southern comfort food, try out these Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs or this Seitan Pot Roast. Craving Latin food? Try this Grilled Seitan Asada or these Braised Seitan Short Ribs in Spicy Chile Sauce. For an Indian dish, try this Seitan Vindaloo or this Vegan Butter Chicken. We could go on forever. For more culinary inspiration, check out One Green Planet’s Seitan page.
Have you tried any of these products before? Are you planning on trying any new ones? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce