Seitan is fascinating, tasty, and a substantial amount of protein, but also a pain in the ass to make by hand. Fortunately, my bread machine allows me to just throw all the ingredients in and have a fresh baked loaf(?) of seitan with virtually no effort. This is a simple recipe I use; the spices can easily be changed around to suit your taste.
Seitan for Lazy People
1 cup of water
¼ cup of soy sauce
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar (white vinegar may substitute but will change the flavor a bit)
1 Tablespoon of spicy brown mustard
2 cups of vital wheat gluten
½ Tablespoon of smoked paprika
2-3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon of each : garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper
- Add the wet ingredients (water, soy sauce, vinegar, mustard) to your bread machine first.
- Add vital wheat gluten, then spices
- Choose the basic cycle ( or express if you are pinched for time) and let it go!
*Because of variations amongst bread machines the seitan may not be fully cooked at the end of the cycle. If this is the case just let it run through a “bake” only cycle and it should be fine.