Praise Seitan! Recipe for incredible seitan you can make!

Oh my goodness. Do you love seitan? We sure do, so we make it all the time. Lots of folks find it intimidating, the idea of making your own, but really, it's easy! Mix your wet with your dry, make a big tootsie roll, and let the oven do the rest. You can do it!

Praise Seitan Vegan Roast

Makes 8 servings (1 large roast or 2 smaller roasts)

I became vegan for ethical reasons, not because I disliked the taste of meat. So when I first discovered that I could make my own seitan as a hearty meat replacement, right in the comfort of my own home, and that it would be delicious, I never looked back. This recipe makes a large amount, so be prepared. If you want to be traditional, serve this roast with potatoes and gravy, or slice it thinly for sandwiches.


4 cloves garlic

1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added beans (any kind), rinsed and drained

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari

2 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon ground sage

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2½ cups vital wheat gluten (see page XX)

½ cup nutritional yeast flakes


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the work bowl with a silicone spatula as needed. Add the beans, oil, and tamari and pulse until almost smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add the broth, oregano, paprika, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper to the bean mixture. Stir with a silicone spatula to combine. Add the vital wheat gluten and nutritional yeast and stir with the spatula until well combined and a dough forms, about 1 minute.

Tear off a piece of foil large enough to accommodate the dough, with enough extra to twist the ends. If you don’t have a wide roll of foil, you’ll need to use two pieces of foil to make it wide enough. To do this, lay one piece of foil on the counter, then place the second piece on top of it about halfway down. Put the gluten on the foil and shape it into a 10 x 4-inch loaf. Alternatively, make two smaller loaves, each about 5 x 2 inches. Carefully roll the foil over the gluten and twist the ends to seal. Do not roll the foil too tightly because the gluten will expand as it cooks. If you have any concerns about the foil coming undone as the gluten bakes, just roll another piece of foil around the gluten before putting it in the oven.

Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Turn the roast over and bake for 45 minutes longer. Let cool completely before slicing.


Per serving: 273 calories, 36 g protein, 6 g fat (1 g sat), 17 g carbohydrates, 477 mg sodium, 90 mg calcium, 5 g fiber


Tip: This recipe is easily halved, but I prefer to make two smaller roasts and freeze one. 

04 Feb 2020
I’ll try your recipe next week. I just finished making my second seitan loaf tonight. It’s first was actually better. I used a tbsp of liquid smoke to give it that smoked taste. I cannot wait to try yours though. Thanks for the recipe.
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