Making Fresh Seitan From Wheat Gluten Flour Bought At American Supermarket

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Making Fresh Seitan From Wheat Gluten Flour Bought At American Supermarket

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter
Serves 2
Preparation 10 minutes
Cooking 50 minutes

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Seitan is a high-protein vegetarian food made from cooked wheat gluten.


  • 1/2 cup wheat gluten flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder aluminum-free.
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil.
  • 2/3 cup of water: the amount of water is larger than the amount of flour by 1/6 cup (1/2 + 1/6 = 2/3). *Knowing this will help when you want to double or triple the amount of seitan you make.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar.


Stage 1

- We need to have two bowls (each bowl can accommodate 3 cups of water) that are microwave oven safe. - Put wheat gluten flour into the first bowl. - Pour water into the second bowl. Next, put the ingredients from (3) to (5) into this bowl. Then use a spoon to stir the mixture to absorb ingredients. - Place the second bowl of mixture into the microwave oven for 2 minutes to boil the mixture (the same way as you would boil water for tea). - After getting the second bowl of boiling mixture out of the microwave oven, use a spoon to stir the mixture again, because cooking oil does not absorb into the mixture. - Pour the mixture slowly from the second bowl to the first bowl of wheat gluten flour. Use a spoon to push all floating flour under the mixture, then stir the mixture starting from the middle of the bowl, to the bottom of bowl, then lastly from top to bottom in order for all the flour to absorb the mixture. If you see any large chunks of flour, press a spoon on them to let the mixture absorb it. [If you want to make more seitan than the amount this recipe creates — say, twice the amount — then when you finish the step above, you just need to divide the seitan into two separate bowls, then you simply continue to follow the cooking directions below.] - Then use a spoon to mold the seitan to the bottom of the bowl. It's important to note that a more smooth finish is desirable. If needed, please refer to picture (1A) for more clarification. - From the time you stir the hot mixture containing flour until now (e.g. the time it took was 6 minutes, then the cooling time for the seitan was 4 minutes) then that means that the total stirring and waiting time is 10 minutes. - Starting from this step, I will name the current surface of seitan side_1, and the currently faced-down side of seitan side_2. - Next, we want side_1 to be less wet, so we will microwave this bowl for 45 seconds. - Then wait for 10 minutes in order for the seitan to be less wet and hot. - Next, use both hands to flip the seitan over by using one hand to slowly raise one side up while the other will be placed underneath the piece to hold it up, then flip the other side up onto this bowl. - Now, we want side_2 to be less wet, so we will also microwave this bowl, but for 35 seconds this time. - Again, wait for 10 minutes in order for the seitan to be less wet and hot. - Next, use both hands to flip the piece of seitan over, like how you did above. We want side_1 up now because it is wetter. - Then, use a pair of scissors to cut the seitan into 4 equal pieces. Now, all 4 pieces of seitan have side_1 up. - Pour plenty of water into a pot (enough water to completely cover 4 pieces of seitan because when boiled, it will be expanded 1.5 times larger). Next, boil water. Then take 4 pieces of seitan and put it in the pot of boiling water, and let it boil for 15 minutes. When 4 pieces of seitan start to boil, turn the heat of the stove down. - While boiling, the 4 pieces of seitan start to increase in size due to the effects of the baking powder, so all pieces slowly enlarged by 1.5 times. Occasionally, we should flip the 4 pieces of seitan, from one side to the other. - After the seitan is fully cooked, place it onto a plate. The boiling water can be dumped afterwards. - Now you have 4 pieces of seitan to use for any vegetarian dish of your choice!


Making Fresh Seitan From Wheat Gluten Flour Bought At American Supermarket


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Added by: Tien Nguyen
Added on: 30th June 2016

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