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Basic Seitan

Seitan is a meat substitute made from Vital Wheat Gluten Flour.

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 2 cups Vital Wheat Gluten


  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 6 cups Water


Bring to a boil the water for the broth, molasses and soy sauce.

Mix together the gluten flour and spices. Add water to mixture and stir into a sponge-like dough. This should not be excessively wet. Knead dough a minute to make dough tougher and more elastic. Cut into 2 x 2 inch pieces and place into boiling broth. Cook in broth for about 1 hour, lowering heat as needed. Drain and use seitan for a stir-fry, sandwiches, stews and more.

Makes 12 servings.

*Freeze drained broth for future use if desired.

Basic Seitan



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Dave Tuuri November 13, 2013
I tried this recipe when my grocer stopped carrying commercially made seitan. Yuk! Eating a warm sponge would have been just as revolting.
Bob's Red Mill November 14, 2013
I'm sorry you did not enjoy our Basic Seitan recipe. We have a multitude of recipes for vegan/vegetarian dishes that you may find more appealing.
Marianne December 29, 2013
Made and used this basic seitan as the base for another vegetarian daughter and vegan sister-in-law and nieces loved it! They ate the entire pan!
Gena January 15, 2014
This recipe was excellent after I cut the result into thin slices, which I then sautéed in a little oil until they were nicely browned. Great for sandwiches or vegetarian gyros!
nowyat March 7, 2014
This is so much faster and easier than making seitan from flour! Mine came out great. It's easier to add flavors too because you can add them into the powder. Lots of possibilities to play around with. If it's spongy you probably didn't boil it long enough.
Colin October 15, 2014
So, I use this product to make all of my seitan, but this recipe doesn't make any sense. It's all fine and good until you get to the instruction, " lowering heat as needed." What the blazes does that mean!? As needed for what? How do I decide whether or not to lower the heat?
Bob's Red Mill October 16, 2014
Our Basic Seitan recipe says to lower heat as needed due to the fact that we understand that the boiling broth can boil over. If you find your broth boiling over, you would then lower the heat.
Kurt Submerged December 6, 2014
The key to doing this recipe well is starting with only 1.5 cups of water for the seitan itself and adding the last half cup only if necessary - keeps it from getting too spongey. Absolutely awesome seitan this way!
Bob's Red Mill December 18, 2014
When preparing the Basic Seitan recipe, you will boil the pieces in water/broth for an hour. If you find that the water is evaporated too much, you should add additional liquid.
Stacie December 16, 2014
Am I supposed to boil seitan until the water is gone or just for an hour and if it evaporates add more?
Debbie r January 19, 2015
This basic recipe comes out much better if you simmer it instead of boiling it.
StephB February 8, 2015
Just made this for the first time and am so happy with the results! I used fake chicken bouillon broth instead of the bags broth suggestion. Super easy. Only tweak I will make is getting cheese cloth to squeeze out the excess liquid after cooking to firm up the texture.

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