Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Suma Bloggers Network - Homemade Seitan & How To Use It

I'm really pleased to be part of the new Suma Bloggers Network - I have been buying their products from independent health food shops for years now so it's amazing to be working with a company I love. Look out for my Suma recipe posts - I've got lots of yummy things in mind!


To make seitan you'll need to get hold of some Vital Wheat Gluten. In the past I've found it quite a challenge to buy this at a reasonable price, so I was super super happy to find out that you can get it from Suma! If you can't find it, many independent health food shops are customers of Suma - I've asked mine to order some in for me. In the past my quest to make seitan even extended to me trying to make it from scratch from wholewheat flour - it's perfectly possible, but takes quite a lot of work and I've experienced mixed results.

If you've not tried this out before - don't be intimidated! It's actually really easy to make great tasting faux 'meat' and it can be really economical too. You will need either an electric steamer, or a steamer basket for a saucepan and some tinfoil as well as the ingredients.


1 1/2 cups suma vital wheat gluten
1/2 gram (chickpea) flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 TSP smoked paprika
1 TSP garlic pepper
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP oregano
2 TSP bullion
2 TSP reduced salt soya sauce
1 TSP hot sauce
1 TSP hickory liquid smoke (Colgin brand is vegan & available online in the UK)
1 TBSP oil
1 1/2 cups water

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl so that everything is combined well, then add the wet ingredients with the water last. I use a large silicone non stick spoon to mix everything until you are left with a large ball of 'dough' (you can use your hands if you prefer!). You want to make sure you don't over mix it, but make sure it's all combined. It'll seem quite wet, but that's on purpose - leave it to stand for about 10 minutes.

Get your steamer ready - it's time to cook! It's up to you which shapes you make, but I normally make a mixture of large 'sausage' shapes as well as some flat 'cutlet' shapes so that it can be used in a variety of ways. Divide your dough and wrap your chosen shapes loosely in tin foil to give the seitan a little room to expand whilst it cooks.

Steam your seitan for around 40 minutes, then allow to cool. It's now ready to be sliced and used however you like!
Why not try using it to make a Reuben Sandwich or in a Mac n' Cheeze Bake?


  1. Tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out awesome! Really easy to make - so pleased, thanks!

  2. I've not made seitan yet although I have the vital wheat gluten sitting in the cupboard! I'm going to give this a try :o)