Seitan, wheat meat or wheat gluten is an alternative to soybean-based meat replacements like tofu and even meat like chicken or beef. Wheat meat has very little in common with flour or bread, and it’s often used instead of meat in Asian, vegan, Buddhist, and macrobiotic cuisines. Simulated duck as well as roast beef are generally made using wheat gluten because it is very similar to the appearance and texture of meat once cooked, making it a common meat substitute.

Wheat meat can be made by hand using either whole wheat flour or vital wheat gluten and is made by rinsing away the starch in the wheat, leaving a high-protein gluten behind. Wheat meat is not as common as tofu, however it is rapidly gaining interest, particularly in vegan restaurants, because of its capacity to assume the texture and taste of meat. Although you can make wheat meat, it’s also possible to find it actually ready in the refrigerated section of most health groceries, labeled as “seitan”. Just understand that it’s more expensive to purchase it already done than it is to produce it from scratch. And while the process for making wheat meat might be tedious, you’re sure that you have got the control on the ingredients you choose.

This adaptable meat can be flavored in a variety of ways. It is called seitan when the gluten is actually simmered in a classic broth of soy sauce or tamari, ginger, garlic, and kombu (seaweed). But you may also find that most of the people name all gluten or wheat meat seitan. Seitan’s versatility is based on the numerous forms it assumes during the food preparation process. Along with simmering it can also be oven-braised, baked, cooked in a pressure cooker, or deep fried.

Each version brings a different texture:

  • Oven braising generates a texture similar to the chewy texture produced by simmering.
  • Baking produces a light texture that works well when grinding or grating seitan.
  • Pressure cooking has a tendency to develop a softer-textured seitan.
  • Fried gluten turns soft and slippery when cooked by using a sauce and absorbs flavor nicely.

Making wheat meat or seitan will unlock a new sphere for you in the world of cooking; especially vegan cooking. It is great in numerous dishes, from Asian stir-fries to traditional American fare like stew or roast beef. Try replacing this meat for animal products in your favorite recipes. Allow your artistic mind to fly and test when producing seitan by trying out it several versatile ways. The options are endless with this truly special meat substitute.