Kathy’s Oil-Free Mega Protein Seitan

  • Author: Kathy Carmichael
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes


Kathy’s Seitan is oil-free, protein rich, and versatile for many recipes. One batch make three meals. It can also be frozen.



  • 2 3/4 cups Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 cup Aquafaba
  • 1 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper



  • Add 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water to a small sauce pan.
  • Boil.
  • Cover, and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Uncover; and fluff with a fork
  • Set aside.

Prepare Seitan Dough: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a food processor with a BREAD BLADE.
  • Add one cup water first; this will ensure the ingredients mix well together.
  • Next add the vital wheat gluten.
  • Add quinoa and all other ingredients.
  • Top with the second cup of water.
  • Using the “dough” setting, start the food processor.
  • When mixed thoroughly, the dough will gather in the middle in a large ball like shape.
  • Remove dough and place on a flat surface.
  • Shape into a long log.


  • Wrap the dough log in aluminum foil and tent at the top and on the sides.
  • Place aluminum foil covered log into a vegetable steamer.
  • Cover.
  • Steam for 1 hour.


  • When done steaming, carefully remove the seitan, covered in aluminum foil, and place on to a baking sheet.
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Place on a cooling rack until cool enough to touch the foil.
  • Remove foil.
  • Let cool.
  • When cooled, slice thin and store in a sealed container.
  • Now, you can marinate it as you wish. I will share my favorite marinades and recipes.
  • Wait until cool before slicing or store whole until you are ready to slice.
  • It will stay fresh in a refrigerator for one week, or you can freeze until you plan to use.