Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Seitan Recipes

Setitan Stir-Fry
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Seitan is a popular vegetarian meat substitute that has been eaten in Asian countries for generations. There're several ways to use seitan, just like you can eat meat in a large slab, like a steak, or ground up, like ground beef, or in strips, like fajitas, you can do just about anything with seitan, too. I like to chop my seitan small and use it in a vegetable stir-fry, or, pan-fry it with plenty of seasonings and eat it up just like that.


If you're new to cooking with seitan, here's some easy vegetarian and vegan seitan recipes for you to try.

Vegetarian and Vegan Seitan Recipes

  • Mexican Seitan Fajitas Colorful vegetarian seitan fajitas look just like real meat, but are, of course, lower in fat and cholesterol-free. 
  • Seitan and Roasted Veggie Tacos Seitan paired with roasted vegetables and seasoned well with chipotle, cumin and chili powder and stuffed into tortillas.
  • Meaty Sauteed Seitan Seitan is sauteed in a mixture of barbecue sauce and vinegar for a meaty flavor. (Pictured.)
  • Vegetarian Crockpot Chow Mein with Seitan This Chinese chow mein recipe with seitan is a vegetarian crock pot recipe that you can prepare in the morning and leave in the crock pot all day. I don't really like water chestnuts, so sometimes I add cashews during the last few minutes of cooking instead.
  • Vegetarian Southern Fried "Chicken" This recipe isn't healthy by any means, but it sure is good! Deep fried seitan and a blend of spices create a dish that's really quite similar in appearance and taste to chicken!
  • Vegetarian "Beef" and Guinness Stew Irish beef and Guinness stew, a popular Irish pub meal gets a makeover in this recipe, using seitan instead of beef.
  • One Pot Crockpot Rice Pilaf With seitan for protein along with rice and veggies, this pilaf is a full meal in one pot. This simple vegetarian and vegan crock pot meal simmer all day in a flavorful broth and wine.
  • Vegan pho with seitan The most popular Vietnamese dish, a noodle bowl called "pho" gets a meaty vegetarian makeover in this vegan recipe for pho with seitan.
  • Pan-fried Seitan, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich Seitan makes a great meat substitute for a meatless sandwich.
  • Thai Massaman Curry with Seitan Chinese five-spice powder spices up this unique Thai curry with seitan, potatoes, and peanuts. There's nothing else quite like it!
  • Crock pot Seitan Stew If you like a traditional meat and potatoes stew, try this vegetarian version with seitan. It's got the same flavor but is lower in fat and cholesterol-free.
  • Vegetarian Grilled Seitan with Curry A vegetarian and vegan barbecue recipe, perfect for your summer or holiday cookout. This seitan recipe is also Indian-inspired, with a strong curry flavor.
  • Seitan and Barley Pilaf Whole grain barley can be used in many recipes just like rice. This recipe with seitan uses broth and fresh herbs to add maximum flavor to the barley and is both vegetarian and vegan.
  • Vegan seitan au jus A savory recipe perfect for making meat-free sandwiches. 
  • Basic BBQ Flavored Seitan You don't have to get fancy to make seitan taste fabulous! This simple recipe is tasty on its own or in a sandwich.
  • Spicy Seitan Buffalo Wings Seitan, fried in spices and coated in the hot sauce makes for a vegetarian and vegan substitute for traditional pub buffalo wings.
  • Creole-Style Seitan In this Creole-inspired recipe, seitan is simmered with cayenne, okra, and Tabasco sauce and served over rice.
  • Curried Grilled Seitan Kabobs A vegetarian and vegan barbecue recipe, perfect for your summer or holiday cookout. This seitan recipe is also Indian-inspired, with a strong curry flavor.
  • Barbecue Tandoori Seitan There's nothing like slow-cooked Indian tandoori! This vegetarian and vegan recipe uses seitan and soy yogurt for a barbecued version you can make on your outdoor grill. Barbecued tandoori-style seitan makes for an unusual dish to bring to a barbecue or a picnic.

Like cooking with seitan? See also: My personal favorite (best tasting!) vegetarian meat substitutes