Seitan Steak


These seitan steaks are a nice alternative to meat and can be made ahead. Once cooked, they can be sliced and grilled or seared and smothered in your favorite sauce. The cumin, liquid smoke and vegetarian Worcestershire sauce combine to give these steaks a savory flavor.

Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins


  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten

  • ½ cup nutritional yeast

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 4 cups vegetable broth, divided

  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian Worcestershire sauce plus 1/4 cup, divided (see Tip)

  • 2 teaspoons hickory liquid smoke, divided

  • 4 cups water, as needed

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar


  1. Whisk vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, onion powder and cumin together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add 1 1/2 cups broth, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke; beat on medium speed until elastic, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute. Shape into 2 (3-by-5-inch) loaves (about 1 inch thick) and place in a large saucepan.

  2. Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups broth and enough water to just cover the loaves; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, undisturbed, until firm, about 30 minutes. Use a slotted spatula to transfer the loaves to a small shallow dish; discard the broth mixture. Whisk brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup Worcestershire and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke together in a small bowl; pour over the loaves. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, flipping once and spooning the sauce mixture over the loaves occasionally. Slice and serve warm, grilled or seared, or let cool completely, about 1 hour, wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

    seitan steak
    Jen Causey

To make ahead

Let cool completely, about 1 hour; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.


Regular Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies and is not vegetarian. Look for vegetarian Worcestershire sauce, such as Annie's, which is flavored with molasses, soy sauce and vinegar. Find it near other bottled sauces in natural-foods stores or in the natural-foods section of well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
1g Fat
8g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 3 oz.
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 2IU 0%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 17mg 4%
Potassium 88mg 2%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 4mcg 167%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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