Considering how incredibly flavor absorbent seitan is, it's no surprise that baking it in the oven with BBQ sauce already slathered all over it would yield delicious results. In this recipe, seitan is made from scratch and then doused in a savory BBQ marinade. Add this seitan to tacos for a zesty Mexican dish, to wraps with vegan mayo, or on top of your favorite salad.

Barbecue Baked Seitan Strips [Vegan]

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For the Dough:

  • 3 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup vegan barbecue sauce, homemade or store bought
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

For the Marinade:

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup vegan barbecue sauce, homemade or store bought
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 390°F.
  2. To make the dough, mix up dry ingredients from vital wheat gluten flour through to dried basil in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl or jug mix up the BBQ sauce, veg stock, maple syrup, olive oil and soy sauce. Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix together using your hands.
  3. Knead mixture for a few minutes and make sure you don’t have any dry patches left. Add a couple more tablespoons of broth if needed for dry patches. Let dough rest whilst you make up the marinade.
  4. Whisk all marinade ingredients in a large bowl or jug until well combined.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a flat surface and flatten slightly. Massage the top with a little olive oil to stop the rolling pin from sticking then roll out until it's roughly 1/2-1 inch thick and a 9x12-inch rectangular shape.
  6. Pour about 1 cup on marinade into a large roasting dish or high-sided oven tray. Lay rolled out dough on top and then cover with remaining marinade. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  7. After 30 minutes of cooking time check there is plenty of liquid and add up to 1 more cup of vegetable broth if it seems like it may dry out or burn.
  8. Keep an eye on it, and after the 1 hour is up the barbecue seitan should have firmed up, have some nice crispy patches and be surrounded by delicious barbecue sauce. Serve.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 3036 | Total Carbs: 217 g | Total Fat: 74 g | Total Protein: 334 g | Total Sodium: 6741 g | Total Sugar: 115 g Calculation including marinade. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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