This Easy Super Vegan Seitan Steak tastes so much like the real thing. Best of all it’s super easy to make. Enjoy it as steak, or add it to stir fries, sandwiches and more.
Plant-based meats have come a long way! Make a healthy homeade vegan steak at home with this Super Easy Vegan Seitan Steak recipe. High in protein and iron, vegan seitan steak has no-saturated-fat and no-cholesterol! It’s flavourful and meaty, and can be cooked up any way you prepare animal-based steaks.
How Easy is Vegan Seitan Steak To Make?
This Easy Super Vegan Seitan Steak recipe is, of course, seitan based! That means it’s made from vital wheat gluten, a fine high protein flour. Wheat gluten has been used as a substitute for meat in Asian countries for centuries, particularly among groups who prefer not to eat meat. Seitan vegan meats are popular because they use only flour, water, spices and various other pantry items (dependent on the recipe variation), so they’re easy to mix up in bowl at home.
To make this Super Easy Vegan Seitan Steak recipe just add ingredients to a bowl to make a dough, then form it into shape and cook it by steaming. To steam you simply add several inches of water to a large pot with a steamer basket, (or metal strainer) and bring to a boil. Place your steaks in the steamer basket and cover with a lid then steam for 25 minutes. Make sure to flip the steaks halfway through. From there, your homemade seitan is ready to use in any dish. It’s all very simple and gets quicker each time you make it.
Getting that Juicy Smokey Flavour
Getting the texture of a plant-based meat right is easy with seitan. It has a chewy meaty texture that can really mimic animal-based meats. To get that mouth-watering juicy flavour, a common vegan natural flavouring is used: liquid smoke. You can easily order a bottle online (make sure it’s vegan-most are) and it will last you a lifetime. Liquid smoke adds that smoky yum to your steak, and it can also be used in many other vegan recipes. Seitan is versatile and one of the closest in texture and flavour to meat of any plant-based protein options — so break out the mixing bowls and get kneading!
Is Vegan Steak Healthy?
One of the Vegan Seitan Steaks in this recipe contains: 300 calories, 45g protein, 23g carbohydrates, 4g fat, 5g fiber, 28% iron. Great, right? Compared to beef loin, seitan contains fewer calories and less fat but nearly the same amount of protein. Seitan has as much iron as beef, and one serving contains enough protein for most adults for a day. It has a high amount of vitamin B6 and fulfills your daily value of riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3). Vegan steak also has zero heterocyclic amines, which are the carcinogens found in animal-based meat.
Use this Vegan Steak to make a vegan beef stir fry topped with my Easy Vegan Teriyaki Sauce!
Super Easy Vegan Steak
- 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
- 1 cup cooked lentils
- 6 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
- Add all of the vegan seitan steak ingredients to a food processor and pulse to combine. (you can use a hand immersion blender, or hand mash the lentils then mix together all ingredients in a bowl).
- Place the mixture out onto a clean work surface and knead it together for a few minutes until it comes together into a ball. Cut the ball into 4 sections, then use a rolling pin to roll out each section into ½" thick steaks.
- Add several inches of water to a large pot with a steamer basket or metal strainer and bring to a boil. Place the steaks in the steamer basket and cover with a lid. Steam for 25 minutes, flipping the steaks halfway through.
- In a large ziplock bag or air-tight container, mix together the marinade ingredients. Remove the steaks from the steamer and place them into the marinade. Let them sit in the marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes before cooking, or up to a day in the fridge.
- Once the steaks are boiled and marinated, they're ready to use! Prepare them however you'd like. Heat a frying pan, grill pan, or barbecue.