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Breaded Seitan (Wheat Meat) Cutlets
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Breaded Seitan (Wheat Meat) Cutlets

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours


Making seitan at home is surprisingly easy, though it is quite time consuming. For those who are new to seitan, or wheat meat as it is sometimes called,  it is a dense meat alternative made of protein-rich wheat gluten.  The texture is similar to red meat, and it can be flavoured as you wish.  It is a great alternative to tofu and when made at home, is extremely inexpensive! 


1 ½ cups vital wheat gluten flour

2 table spoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional)

1 cup cold water

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon pepper


1 cup panko bread crumbs

½ cup nutritional yeast flakes


Oil for frying

Tomato sauce

2 L of cold water for boiling

In a large bowl, mix all dough ingredients by hand until blended.  The dough will be spongy and very dense.  

Fill a soup pot with cold water.  Rip small, 2 inch pieces  of dough and place them in the water.

Gently simmer the dough for 45 minutes on low heat.

Allow to cool and squeeze out extra moister from the dough balls.

Once cooled, slice each piece to ¼ inch thickness and toss in breadcrumb mixture. 

Heat oil in a frying pan and gently fry each seitan until golden brown. Once crispy, remove from oil and drain on paper towels.

Serve with tomato sauce, and fresh herbs or on a sandwich.  


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  1. Vin Chauhun
    Vin Chauhun
    hmmmm...looks delicious....with tomatoes, i'm sure it could easily pass for red meat :) Voted!!
  2. drmaldonado57
    Could you not make a patty and cook it in the broth instead of tearing pieces?
    1. kristo
      Sure! you can make any shape you want! When you boil seitan without a mold it usually expands 4x its raw size. If you want a perfectly circle patty I've found that making a large sized salami-like-shape in tinfoil works the best. Instead of boiling it, I steam it for an hour then cut it and either bake it or sear it. I actually don't care for seitan on a bun because it is really heavy. I found this out after I took the photo, and ate the rest without any bread ;)


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