Easy Seitan Strips: Vegan Meat Substitute Recipe

Two strips of seitan frying in a pan
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
285 Calories
19g Fat
6g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3-4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 285
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 602mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 21g
Calcium 20mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

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 meat-like flavor in this vegetarian and vegan seitan recipe. And, if you like something a little spicy, add 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 of drops of that will make the aroma and flavor even meatier. 


  • 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

Steps to Make It

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!