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What is Seitan?

Definition: Seitan

Seitan (pronounced "say-tahn") is a protein source made from the gluten of wheat that is often found in vegan, macrobiotic, and East and Southeast Asian food. Also known as wheat gluten, wheat meat, or gluten, this wheat-based meat substitute is an alternative to soy-based products such as tofu and tempeh.
Like meat, seitan, which is often sold in Western health markets in strips and cubes, can be braised, deep-fried, grilled, or simmered in soups.

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girlA girlA 7 years
seitan is especially good when breaded and fried.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
It'll also get you thrown off of Top Chef the moment you use it.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
This vegetarian restaurant i love makes a seitan french dip... soooo good.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
You can make your own seitan--just take pieces of bread and run water over it a bunch of times to rinse off all the starch. Squeeze the bread and keep wringing it out under running water until you have a really small ball of gluten left. You can form it into strips or cubes and use it like meat. Or you could buy it, I suppose...I've never seen it for sale anywhere.
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