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Vegan Seitan Steak

Mouth-watering, tender, chewy, juicy, flavourful, meat-like texture. BBQ or pan fry then serve whole or slice and put on top of salad for a steak salad. So delicious and satisfying! 
My Notes:
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
marinate30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Meal Type: dinner
Special: Freezer-Friendly, Nut-Free, Seasonal (Cold Weather), Soy-Free, Vegan Meat
Tool: barbecue, Stove
Ingredient: Seitan
Servings: 4 steaks
Calories: 295kcal
For the vegan seitan steaks:
  • 1 1/2 cups(s) vital wheat gluten
  • 1 cup(s) cooked lentils (I used canned)
  • 6 tablespoon(s) water
  • 2 tablespoon(s) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon(s) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
For the vegan seitan steak marinade:
  • 1/4 cup(s) water
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) agave or maple syrup
To make the vegan seitan steaks:
  • Add all of the vegan seitan steak ingredients to a food processor and pulse to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed until everything is well mixed. Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor you can first mash the cooked lentils with a fork or potato masher, then add everything together in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Turn the mixture out onto a clean work surface and begin to knead it together. It may be a bit crumbly at first, but keep kneading it for a few minutes until it comes together into a tight ball. Cut the ball into 4 sections, then use a rolling pin to roll out each section into 1/2" thick steaks. The dough will be very tough and stretchy, but just keep working at it until you get your desired steak shapes. 
  • Add several inches of water to a large pot with a steamer basket and bring to a boil. Put the steaks in the steamer basket and cover with a lid. It's ok if they are overlapping a bit. Steam for 25 minutes, flipping the steaks halfway through so they steam evenly. They will double in size.
  • In a large ziplock bag or air-tight container, mix together all of the marinade ingredients. The oil won't really combine, but that's fine. Remove the steaks from the steamer and coat in the marinade. Let marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes before cooking, or for as long as several days when kept in the fridge.
To serve the vegan seitan steaks:
  • When you are ready to enjoy the vegan steaks, heat a frying pan, grill pan, or barbecue. When hot, fry or grill the steaks a couple of minutes on each side until grill marks form. Brush the steaks with leftover marinade while cooking to keep them juicy, and also right before serving. 
    Serve however you desire. I like mine served with a potato and some greens. I also enjoy mine sliced and put on salad. So many possibilities! 
Freezing:  pop the steaks in the marinade and freeze the entire thing, marinade and all. I have found that after frozen and thawed the steaks might suck up more of the marinade so you might want to whip up extra marinade for brushing on when cooking.
Vital wheat gluten is essential to this recipe, and there is no substitute. Therefore this recipe cannot be made gluten-free. For a vegan gluten-free chicken inspired recipe try my Baked Tofu Bites recipe.
Steaming tips: I recommend getting a steamer pot if you plan to make seitan often, or you can use a DIY method if you do not have a steamer, such as using a metal strainer placed over a pot of water, and then top with a lid.
Cleaning tips: vital wheat gluten is very sticky and can destroy dish brushes and cloths. So what I like to do is save old clothes, sheets, or towels that are too shabby to donate, and cut them into rags. I use these rags to clean up after preparing a seitan recipe and discard the rag once finished.
Soy-Free: for soy-free, substitute a soy sauce for a soy-free option such as coconut aminos.
Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 5mg
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