Seitan, often called "wheat meat," is just that: a dough made of wheat gluten that, when cooked, very closely resembles meat. It's a common meat replacement for vegetarian and vegan diets and it's actually very easy to make at home. Use it to make breaded "chicken" Parmesan, barbecue "chicken" or even "chicken" tenders. Our recipe makes two loaves so you can use one now and freeze the other one for later.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, October 2018




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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (or in a large bowl). Whisk 1 cup broth and miso in a medium bowl (or large measuring cup); add to the dry mixture. Mix on medium-low until elastic, about 3 minutes (or knead by hand in the bowl until elastic, 3 to 5 minutes), adding more broth if the dough is too dry. Shape into two 3-by-5-inch loaves.

  • Transfer the loaves to a large saucepan. Add the remaining broth, ginger and enough water to cover the loaves; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a colander to cool.


To make ahead: Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

162 calories; protein 26.8g 54% DV; carbohydrates 9.9g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 1g; fat 1.1g 2% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 2% DV; vitamin a iu 0.2IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 120.1mcg 30% DV; calcium 24.7mg 3% DV; iron 2.4mg 13% DV; magnesium 11mg 4% DV; potassium 192.1mg 5% DV; sodium 211.2mg 8% DV; thiamin 4.8mg 480% DV.