This is a super meaty tasting vegetarian and vegan seitan strips recipe that you can use as a meat substitute for just about anything. Add these seitan strips to stir-fries, Chinese food recipes, vegetarian sub sandwiches or just gobble up right out of the pan, which is what I do. Well, I put it on a plate, top it off with a bit of extra barbecue sauce and eat it with a fork like a civilized human being (with a side of steamed kale, usually), but you know what I mean!
The combination of ingredients used to turn plain seitan into a meaty-flavored substitute may seem a bit odd, but the salty soy sauce, tangy and full-bodied balsamic vinegar and sweet barbecue sauce all combine for a really meat-like flavor in this vegetarian and vegan seitan recipe. And, if you like something a little spicy, add in a touch of hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot, Tapatio and also Sriracha sauce) and serve with extra on the side.
If you happen to have some liquid smoke on hand, a couple drops of that will make the aroma and flavor even more meaty.
See also: More easy vegetarian seitan recipes
- approximately 1 pound seitan, sliced into strips or bite-sized chunks
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
- 1-2 tbsp water
Sautee the sliced seitan in oil over medium-low heat until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Add the soy sauce, stirring to coat seitan well, then add the Balsamic vinegar, barbecue sauce and a tablespoon or two of water, stirring to mix well and coat seitan.
Heat for 1-2 more minutes, until the water is completely absorbed and the seitan is fully cooked.
Use your super meaty seitan strips to make barbecue-style sandwiches, add it to Vietnamese style pho noodle soup, or, serve it with a side of collard greens and some mac and cheese for a Southern vegetarian feast!
Hate buying seitan at the grocery store? It's not cheap. I never buy it in the package and always make my own at home. It takes a few steps, but once you get the hang of it, I think the cost savings are worth the extra time. Here's how to make your own homemade seitan from vital wheat gluten flour, available at nearly all health food stores or organic co-op groceries such as Whole Foods.