Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sweet and sour seitan with oranges and almonds

served with quinoa

Seitan is really easy to make, providing you have a bag of wheat gluten on hand. You can season it anyway you wish just make sure you cook it in a vegetable broth.

Basically you use 2 cups of gluten flour, add spices, 1 cup of cold water and a little oil, stir until its combined.(It reminds me of a heart or some kind of body part once its wet) Then I separate it into smaller pieces and tie it up in cheesecloth using twine. It looks like sausages. Submerge it in a pot of boiling stock and simmer for 1 1/2hours. Untie it and slice it as you need it.

It can be eaten like that but its much better fried up again. I used broccoli and fresh cilantro in mine.


2 cups gluten flour
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp sea salt

1 cup cold water
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil

10 cups of vegetable stock

Combine everything in a bowl. Mix until well combined (you might have to get your fingers dirty).
Separate into smaller pieces, using cheesecloth and twine tie it up to look like sausages.
Submerge into boiling stock and let simmer with lid on for 1 1/2 hours.
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

Sweet and sour sauce

1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sugar
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
zest from 1 orange
2 tbsp cornstarch

combine everything and set aside.
Add sauce to wok once everything is cooked, allow to thicken.

Find more of my delicious seitan recipes here and here!


  1. The sweet and sour sauce sounds delicious. It would be good with chicken too.

  2. Hi Kirsten! I just bought a bag of vital wheat gluten for just such purpose--to have on hand for wonderful meals like this! Very yummy dish!

  3. This sounds wonderful! And I have some prepared seitan in the freezer waiting to be part of a wonderful meal.