Seitan is a type of vegetable meat that is very popular among vegetarians. There are many recipes based on seitan, even traditional meat dishes can be replaced with this vegetable meat.
Seitan: vegetable meat par excellence, how to prepare it?
Preparing seitan at home is not as difficult as you might think. Basically it’s about following the recipe step by step: mix the ingredients, knead them a little and cook. It doesn’t have the difficulty of kneading bread or other recipes that require it, because here the kneading is basically distributing the ingredients and that the density and the flavor are uniform. Here you don’t need to bake or respect cooking times or temperatures, which is often the difficult part of making homemade pasta.
With this vegan seitan recipe, you can make sandwiches, stir-fries, Christmas pastries, minced meat for pasta fillings… In short, the options for this plant-based meat are enormous.
homemade seitan recipe
350 g of wheat gluten
Half a cup of breadcrumbs
1 glass and a half of water
3 vegetable or miso bouillon cubes
Half cup of soy sauce
1 red pepper
2 garlic cloves
salt or herbs
this is how you prepare
- To begin with, we mix the wheat gluten and the breadcrumbs in a container. If we want to add spices, now is the time. Some that go well: oregano, sweet and spicy paprika, garlic powder, curry, cumin…
- On the other hand, the glass and a half of water is boiled, with the two cubes of broth or miso, if you have homemade vegetable broth, the better. When they are dissolved, turn off the heat and add the soy sauce.
- Then we pour the prepared liquid into the mixture of wheat gluten and breadcrumbs.
- It is important to knead it well so that there are no holes inside the seitan. Invest in it all the time and strength you need. We have to give it a cylindrical shape to make it easier to cut.
- Then, in a large pot, boil enough water to cover all the pasta, where we will add the onion, pepper, garlic cloves and the last cube of vegetable broth (or a little liquid broth).
- When the water boils, add the seitan until the water completely covers it and lower the heat slightly so that it boils but the water does not boil over.
- Let’s leave it inside for 30-40 minutes.
- Finally, we take it out of the water and put it in a colander for about 10 minutes, so that it dries well and can be better cut.
- We already have the Seitan made, all that remains is to fillet it thin or thick, as you wish!
- Finally, in a frying pan or in the oven with very little oil, we pass it until it is lightly browned until obtaining the desired crispiness.
- The rest, you can store uncut in the fridge or fillet and store in the freezer.