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20 Best Seitan Recipes (Easy Meat Substitute)

From fajitas and meatloaf to curry and fried chicken, these quick seitan recipes are ideal for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone looking to reduce their meat intake.

This meat substitute is easy to make, super versatile, and meaty enough to fool hardcore carnivores.

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Seitan, aka ‘wheat meat,’ is an excellent protein alternative that works as a blank slate for many flavors.

Opt for pre-seasoned, store-bought brands or make your own at home using whole wheat flour or vital wheat gluten. 

Either way, these seitan recipes are sure to be a hit on your next meatless Monday.

How To Make Seitan and Recipe Ideas

1. Vegan Fajita Bowls 

These vegan fajita bowls are colorful, nutritious, and surprisingly filling!

You won’t miss the tortilla shells one bit with all those with seasoned veggies, tender seitan, and fluffy quinoa.

Ready in just 30 minutes, all this needs is a drizzle of fresh lime juice, and you’re good to go.

2. Seitan Chicken (Vegan Chicken) 

This seitan chicken recipe tastes just like Chinese takeout.

It’s chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and seasoned with bold flavors from top to bottom.

You’ll make the seitan yourself here, and the recipe is super easy to follow.

The key is to tear it into smaller pieces and lightly steam it first. Then, transfer it into a pan to develop the crispy edges.

Add the seasonings to finish and serve it with white rice and veggies.

3. Vegan Chicken Salad 

This vegan chicken salad recipe is ideal if you like to meal prep your lunch for the week.

It comes together in a snap and is excellent with fresh fruit or used in a wrap or sliced bread. 

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It might be light, but it’s delightfully filling. And that’s mostly thanks to the chickpeas.

So, before you pile in crunchy chopped veggies, mash cooked chickpeas for added protein and rich flavors. 

4. Vegan Curry Seitan “Chicken” Salad 

Sweet, crunchy, savory, and a little spicy, this seitan “chicken” salad captures everything you love about curry in one meat-free bowl

The pairing of sweet, salty, and spicy ingredients makes this dish absolutely irresistible.

The curry base includes raisins, buttery cashews, cooked seitan, celery, and rich Indian spices.

Add creamy mayo to the mix, and it’s a beautiful harmony of flavors and textures.

5. Mongolian Seitan (Vegan Mongolian Beef) 

Mongolian beef is incredibly rich and meaty. Of course, that’s because it’s full of red meat!

But if you need something vegan that’s just as tasty, this Mongolian seitan is the next best thing.

You’ll simmer chunks of seitan in decedent Mongolian sauce that packs quite a flavor punch.

Serve with white rice, and garnish with fresh herbs. 

6. Vegan Kebab Meat (Doner Style) 

The key to flavorful vegan kebab meat lies in the seasoning.

Luckily, this recipe calls for homemade seitan, so you can be pretty heavy-handed with the bright herbs.

A few drops of liquid smoke go a long way for an added kick of meaty flavors! And while it’s optional, I can’t recommend it enough.

Pair it with tzatziki sauce or plain Greek yogurt for an extra kick. It’s also fantastic with sliced, crunchy red onions.

7. Teriyaki Seitan and Veggie Kebabs 

Who says you need meat for a good old-fashioned BBQ?

These teriyaki seitan and veggie kebabs have all the best summertime flavors without a trip to the meat market. 

You’ll marinate the seitan in a rich homemade teriyaki sauce (or use store-bought if you’re in a rush).

The longer you marinate it, the better. So, let them chill overnight if you have the time.

Pair the “meat” with your favorite kebab veggies, and fire up the grill. Yum!

8. Homemade Vegan Seitan Hot Dogs 

These vegan seitan hot dogs are perfect for your favorite hot dog fixings. And they taste just as impressive as any brat or frankfurter!

That said, unlike some store-bought hot dogs, you know exactly what’s in these. 

Adding mashed chickpeas provides the texture they need to feel like authentic sausages.

Meanwhile, you’ll use smoked salt and rich sausage seasonings to make them flavorful. 

9. Vegan Seitan Steak

Believe it or not, this vegan seitan steak looks real and cooks up like a dream on the grill (or in a frying pan). 

Marinate the seitan steaks in a mix of soy sauce (for flavor and color) with maple syrup and olive oil. It’s simple but effective.

Grill until the outside gets those lovely lines, and serve with baked potato or grilled veggies. 

10. Meaty Vegetarian Salisbury Steak Meatloaf 

Salisbury steak is the ultimate wintertime comfort food. And this vegetarian take is meaty and packed with rich flavors. 

Mushrooms and lentils take a quick spin in the food processor before mixing with the seitan.

Then you just need to form and cook the patties and serve them with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. 

11. Vegan Chinese Seitan Stir-fry 

This vegan Chinese seitan stir-fry is so simple to make and comes together in just 25 minutes.

Plus, it’s a terrific way to use up any extra veggies in your fridge before they go bad. 

Just pair pre-packaged seitan with veggies like broccoli, mushroom, or bell peppers and stir fry everything until hot and ready to devour.

A simple sauce at the end makes this super tasty. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.

12. Vegan Beef Roast 

In the mood for roast beef? Why not try this super simple recipe that’s satisfying and jam-packed with meaty flavors?

It takes a little time to prep, but it’s more than worth the extra effort.

The key to capturing roast beef flavors lies in the laundry list of ingredients. You likely have most of it in your pantry, while some you may not.

Still, ingredients like “Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base” and smoked paprika are worth a special trip to the grocery store. I promise! 

13. Vegan Chile Colorado Seitan Stew 

Rich and hearty stews aren’t just for carnivores anymore!

This vegan Chile Colorado seitan stew is oh-so-rich, hearty, and just what you need on a cold winter’s night.

It pairs store-bought seitan and waxy potatoes in a hearty broth that comes together in a snap. 

What make’s this stew so irresistible is the addition of Mexican chiles.

Guajillo chiles, New Mexico chiles, and dried chiles de Arbol give this stew its patented one-two spice punch.

If you can’t find these specialty chilies, any spicy pepper works in a pinch. 

14. Vegan Seitan Bites – Sticky Garlic and Buffalo 

Are you on the hunt for a vegetarian appetizer that’ll appeal to the meat-eaters in your life? You just found it!

These vegan seitan bites bring massive tailgate-inspired flavors that everyone will love. 

Pair homemade (or store-bought) seitan chopped into small pieces with sticky garlic and buffalo sauce.

Sauce half with the sweet garlic mixture and half with spicy buffalo sauce. Then, dress a platter with plenty of Ranch or blue cheese dip. Delish! 

15. Seitan Ground “Beef” 

Not only is this ground “beef” easy to make, but it’s so flavorful that I often pick it over the real deal – even when I don’t need a meatless meal.

How is it so tasty? You’ll use a mixture featuring nutritional yeast, liquid smoke, and plenty of pantry staples. 

Cook the seitan and then pop it into a food processor until it resembles ground beef.

I like to give it another fry for texture and then load it into tacos!

16. Seitan Fried Chick’n 

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a carnivore- it’s hard to resist this delicious seitan fried chick’n.

Irresistibly crunchy, they’re fried to perfection but super tender in the middle. Just what you need to dip into some yummy sauces.

If you want a show-stopping appetizer for your next potluck, this fried chick’n is worth checking out!

17. Teriyaki Seitan Jerky 

This teriyaki seitan jerky recipe proves that there’s nothing seitan cannot replicate.

So if you need a guilt-free meaty snack, give this stuff a whirl.

And it’s crazy-easy too. Just slice seitan into thin, jerky-like pieces, dip them in teriyaki sauce, and bake low and slow. 

18. Grillable Seitan Burger 

Are you looking for a killer vegetarian burger to throw on the grill this summer?

This grillable seitan burger holds up incredibly well and contains plenty of rich, meaty, umami flavors.

That said, the taste is pretty mild, so you can add all kinds of yummy burger toppings to make it your own.

Between the seitan, mushrooms, black beans, and white miso paste, it’s beyond hearty and pretty darn irresistible.

19. Massaman Curried Seitan 

Are you looking for a quick, insanely satisfying dish for hectic weeknights? Try this Massaman curried seitan. 

Featuring peanut butter, cashews, coconut milk, Chinese all-spice, and cayenne pepper, it’s creamy, lightly sweet, and wonderfully umami-rich.

Pair with white rice and a thick piece of naan, and dig in!

20. Vegan Hoisin Seitan Ch’kn Bao 

Chinese bao buns are pretty hard to resist. They’re delightfully light and fluffy, which enhances the crunchy goodness of the seitan ch’kn.

Oh, and they’re ready in just 20 minutes (with store-bought buns, of course).

Tender buns, crispy seitan, hoisin, sriracha mayo, pickled onions, and fresh herbs…does it get any better?

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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