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Recipe: Mark’s Seitan Steaks

On Wednesday, Marc shared his journey to veganism, along with insight on working in a corporate environment (which often means dining with clients in steakhouses), shopping for professional vegan clothing and accessories, and why changing the way he cooked wasn’t much of a challenge. He said:

Unless a recipe blatantly requires meat, I can pretty much look at any recipe and veganize it - especially with the ingredients that exist today.

That evening that we talked, Marc was planning to make one of those veganized dishes - Seitan Steaks. Today, he shares that recipe with you.

Marc's Seitan Steaks

by Marc B.

imagePhoto by norwichnuts

Ingredients for Seitan

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 dashes garlic powder

Ingredients for Broth

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce

Ingredients for Seitan Steaks

  • One recipe, homemade seitan (see below)
  • Steak marinade (Most are vegan. Weber's and McCormick's are personal favorites.)

Directions to make Homemade Seitan:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for the seitan together with a fork, and shape into a loaf. 
  2. Cut in half and set aside. 
  3. Mix all of the ingredients for the broth together and bring to a boil.  Once at a boil, reduce to simmer and place the two pieces of homemade seitan into the broth.
  4. Let simmer for 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour, carefully remove seitan from broth and let cool for a few minutes.
  6. Slice the seitan as desired: thick slices to resemble small steaks or cutlets, or cubed for kabobs.

Directions to make Seitan Steaks:

  1. Marinate the seitan pieces in steak marinade for 15 - 20 minutes.
  2. Once marinated, cook the “steaks” on the grill. Tip: Watch carefully as it cooks, flipping often, as the seitan cooks pretty fast.  Let it slightly blacken in spots, to give it that traditional seal on the grill flavor.
  3. Serve with a side of vegetables or potatoes - enjoy!


Another option for eating and enjoying: Cut the grilled seitan into thin slices and use them for vegan “steak” fajitas!


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