Herbed Seitan Roll

by Jemma on July 2, 2012

in Recipes

Some foods just fascinate me and the more stranger they appear the more intrigued I become.  After seeing seitan recipes on a few blogs and desperately wanting to make it I finally got round to ordering some vital wheat gluten from iHerb which is the main ingredient.

IMG_2631I don’t know why it took me so long to try and make my own seitan because I absolutely love it.  I adapted two recipes this one and this one which I thought were really good and then combined the two.


Ingredients (makes one huge roll)

2 cups vital wheat gluten

1 cup gram flour

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 tsp mixed dried herbs

1 tsp of cumin

pinch of salt

pinch of ground black pepper

1.5 cups of vegetable stock

1 tbsp soy sauce

To make the seitan roll first combine the vital wheat gluten, gram flour, dried herbs, nutritional yeast, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix through until everything is evenly spread.  Next make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the vegetable stock and soy sauce.

Combine both the wet and dry ingredients to make a dough and then place on a tray that is lined with foil.  Mould the dough in to a log/sausage shape and wrap the foil around it, twisting the ends to seal the dough inside.

Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes at gas mark 5/345 degrees until it is golden brown on the outside.



I didn’t really know what to expect from this as it really was a new food to me and I was quite nervous when it was cooking.  A lot of watching the oven door and pacing up and down the kitchen occurred whilst it was baking, but I am happy to say that it was a complete success.   The outside forms a wonderful crust and the inside is really soft.


I love to eat mine as an alternative to meat with roasted veggies and gravy.  It would also be great on top of salads or in wraps too.

Have you tried seitan before? What did you think?

Have you baked something that is really different before and it turned out surprisingly well?

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Phil July 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Wow, this looks fantastic. I love the veggie roasts you can buy but would love to make my own! x


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I think you would really like this Phil!


IHeartVegetables July 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I’ve tried seitan before, more as like a meat substitute, and I didn’t normally like it, mostly because I just don’t like a lot of meat substitutes haha

But those rolls look really good! Did it taste much different than what you’d expect normal bread to taste like? A texture thing maybe?


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:56 PM

The texture is quite squidgy and meaty. It’s really lovely!


sprint2thetable July 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I make a seitan chorizo that i like a lot. One thing I love about seitan is that it freezes really well. Great easy lunch to take to work.

I’ll have to check this one out – love all that nooch in here!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I love the way the freezes too. I have got loads of it in the freezer still. :D


Nicole Marie Story July 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Salad Mountain… hahaha! I simply love how both you and Jessica use “mountain” to describe your dishes! I laugh out loud each and every time! :D


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Hahaha! Well I think that is the best way to describe them sometimes :D


Lauren (@poweredbypb) July 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I’ve never tried seitan, and I don’t eat wheat so I am unlikely to :P It kind of looks like bread.


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

It is very similar to bread. :D


Bam's Kitchen July 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I have not tried Seitan before but I love how it looks crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Take care, BAM


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Oh it is wonderful!


Tessa@AmazingAsset (@Tessa8m) July 3, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Can’t say I have tried seitan, but I am intrigued and am always looking for something new to make and try!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

It’s really lovely!


Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish July 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I love seitan and you have reminded me that I need to make another seitan sausage! I think its awesome, I could probably feed seitan to James and tell him it was sausage without him even realising ;-)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Hehehe! I love tricking Alfie like that! :D


Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I’ve not tried seitan before, but I think I will give it a go!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

It’s definitely worth trying out!


Love Live & Learn July 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Ooh this looks intriguing, I’ve never tried seitan before but I’d love to give this a go!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I think you would really like it!


Ellie July 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Ohh yesss I do love seitan!!! And I think seitan burgers are awesome! This lookss really good Jemma~


elise July 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

glad you enjoyed it the herbs look lovely!


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