Garlickin' Good Seitan - a healthy vegan meat alternative that takes minutes to make

If you're like me, you're cooking for a crowd! If not, hey, I've got a recipe for a smaller portion just for you too. I'm so excited to share this incredible, easy and nutritious seitan recipe made with Wholly Loaded's fabulous Garlickin' Good vegan seasoning blend. Ready in about 15 minutes, it's sure to please everyone!

Let's get down to business! You'll want to start by whisking all your dry ingredients together in a bowl. If you've got a sifter, use that. The goal is to nicely blend everything up so it's nice and fluffy, removing chunks of flour and wheat gluten and spreading around that Garlickin' goodness. Once you've got all those blended nicely, you'll want to go ahead and add your veggie broth. If you'd like a smoky flavour, feel free to add a drop or two of liquid smoke to your broth now. Flour your hands and knead until you've got a nice ball of dough like this.

Set up your double boiler. Don't have one? Set a stainless colander over a pot of boiling water. Now you'll want to rip off pieces of your dough into bite sized bits and toss them into the colander.

Bigger pieces are fine too. It seems like everything will stick together but don't worry! Once you've had the pieces over the water for a few, you'll notice they're keeping their shape and are easy to move around every few minutes with your tongs. Careful of steam! I recommend wearing an oven mitt when you're mixing around your seitan bits.

After 10 minutes, it's time to turn off your double boiler and set up a non-stick pan. Add a tbsp of oil or vegan butter to your pan. Toss your seitan into the pan. I added plum sauce and some sesame seeds to mine but this is where you can get creative! BBQ sauce, something spicy or even Wholly Loaded's Ranchtastic are excellent additions! Coat the seitan in sauce and cook them over medium heat until they reach the desired crispiness. Careful if using plum sauce or other sweet sauces as they tend to burn easily. As you can see, some of mine turned out extra crispy (which I quite like).

I served my seitan over Garlickin' Good seasoned rice, peas and broccoli. You could try yours on noodles, as a sandwich or even in tacos. The possibilities are endless and Wholly Loaded would love to see your creations! Send them our way to be featured on our social media feeds!


Ingredients (for a crowd):

  • 2 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. Wholly Loaded Garlickin' Good seasoning
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth (I used 2 cubes vegetable bouillon mixed with water)
  • (optional) 1/2 tsp. salt

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

  • 3/4 cup vital wheat gluten (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Wholly Loaded Garlickin' Good seasoning
  • 2/3 cups vegetable broth (I used 1 cubes vegetable bouillon mixed with water)
  • (optional) 1/4 tsp. salt
Instructions: Use a whisk or a sifter for your dry ingredients. Combine until you have a light, fluffy powder. Add vegetable broth and knead about 3 minutes until you have a nice ball of dough. It will seem sticky and that's okay but add some flour if the dough is sticking to the sides of your bowl. Set up your double boiler, grease your colander, tear off bite sized pieces of dough and toss them into the colander. If you'd rather have a large ball of seitan that you can slice for sandwiches or to have over some mashed potatoes or rice, you can just take the ball of dough and pop it right into the colander. Steam your seitan for 10 minutes, tossing/rotating after 5. Remove seitan from double boiler and cook 10 minutes in some sesame oil, olive oil or vegan butter. Toss in sauce of your choosing and enjoy! Take pictures of your seitan meal and send them our way so we can share some love on social media!

Give it a smoky mushroom beef flavour by adding:
  • 3 drops liquid smoke
  • swap the vegetable bouillon for mushroom bouillon

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