Seitan - which although looks like a Shaitan, is in reality very good for you :). It looks like meat but is actually made from Wheat gluten. It has a sort of chewy but at the same time firm texture. According to Wikipedia "It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as a gummy mass, which is subject to further processing."

Where to look for it : It is available mostly in health food stores / natural food markets or in any well stocked large super markets. Look for it in the refrigerated/ chilled section.

Flavor- Enhancing/Cooking It does not have a standing out flavor on its own and therefore benefits largely with marinades. It can be sliced /cut into chunks, stir fried or simply added to stews in the large stage of the cooking. It is a very good meat replacement. It does not need long cooking time and gets done in matter of minutes.

Benefits:Its immensely rich in Protein - said to be almost the same as in Beef!! Also rich in essential amino acids and abundant in minerals and vitamins. As per the statistics - A four-ounce serving of seitan supplies between 6 and 10 percent of the U.S Reference Daily Intake of vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and iron." Any more reason not to look into your local health stores?

Here is one simple dish with seitan which I have been trying out for a while and it works with all sort of additions. I had noted down this from the internet.

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • For the Marinade
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp Orange juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • For the Stir Fry
  • 1 pkt Seitan ( I used 8 oz pkt ), shredded/chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted cashews (optional - I like to add since we do need daily intake of reasonable amount of nuts in our diet)
  • 1 red bell pepper ( more Vitamin C than orange)
  • 1/2 cup Edamame ( optional, for the additional amount of Protein )
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 inch ginger, grated
  • salt to taste
  • some spring onion greens for garnish

Prepare the marinade by combining all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mixing well.


Then heat a pan and add the chopped seitan and stir fry for 4-5 min till golden brown. Then add the marinade till it covers it well and stir for another 2 min.


Remove from heat and then in the same pan, add chopped bell pepper, ginger, garlic, edamame and stir fry for 5-6 min in med-high heat.


Once little soft, add the seitan and cashews, water and cook for 2-3 min more. If watery mix some soy flour and water and stir it with the dish for it to thicken


Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot. I served it with Sezhuan Fried Rice.

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By Mariel on Mar 25, 2012

This looks awesome, I just bought a package of seitan strips and have been looking for a recipe. This stir fry looks delicious! :)

By Kortney Fusco on Dec 20, 2009

Great idea this. It is always difficult to thin of varied things to cook especially for a hungry family and some of the ideas here and elsewhere on your site have given me some great ideas so thak you!

By Illatharasi on Jul 14, 2008

This is cool.... good one! will try if I get it;)

Congrats for the award.... you deserve one:)

By Jaya on Jul 13, 2008

seitan is something I have learnt new form you, and this dish looks so delicious and I am sure with sezhuan Rice oh! it must have felt like heaven ..
hugs and smiles

By notyet100 on Jul 12, 2008

looks so nice ,yummya nd healthy,...congrts for well deserved award...

By Laavanya on Jul 12, 2008

DK, I've never tasted this but i might try it just to give the chewy texture a shot. Thanks for all the details on this new product. As always, this dish is also bursting with colour and loads of veggies - just the way I like it :) Nice.

By Kalai on Jul 11, 2008

Another new product for me to try out. Looks like a delicious dish, Dhivi!! Congrats on the award and Siri is right. You have a very addictive blog! :)

By Pavani on Jul 11, 2008

That dish looks yummy.. I have frozen seitan and I'm going to try this recipe very soon. Thanks for sharing.

By Cham on Jul 11, 2008

What a name! Never came across this one , thanks to introduce a new product :) I will loook for... Congrats on ur award!

By kamala on Jul 11, 2008

Never know abt this Dhivya...Thanks for the healthy information abt Seitan..Looks yummy

By KALVA on Jul 11, 2008

Nice award dear.. This is new to me.. Lemme look out..

By Divya Vikram on Jul 11, 2008

I find a lot of healthy and new recipes in ur blog..and sure its addictive too

By Siri on Jul 11, 2008

I seriously thought u mispelt the word or sumthing ;).. it such a yummy protein rich dish! and indeed ur blog is 'Addicting'.. for the reason - You surprise and enchant all of us with ur unique and lovely dishes..:DD


By JZ @ Tasty treats on Jul 11, 2008

looks like seitan had stolen ur heart! it sure looks delicious, and thanks a lot for sharing info abt this protein-rich product. it sure was new to me!!

congrats on ur very deserving award!