I love seitan and have touted its versatility as a tasty meat substitute in earlier posts. I’ve shared the basic seitan recipe and the one below is essentially the same except for two things: 1) we add soy sauce to the water to give it color and saltiness 2) we use a bit more baking powder to give it a more meat-like texture. The fun part of this recipe is that we don’t just make a shapeless blob of seitan roast pork. Instead we use corn husks to wrap the seitan to give it texture similar to the grain in meat. The trick is not to wrap the bundle too tightly as seitan expands quite a bit when boiled. Also, we don’t need to be precise with the wrapping. The varying shapes make it more natural and meat-like. I hope you’ll give the recipe a try and let me know what you think!
Not a fan of the packaged seasoning for roast pork? Don’t like all the food coloring and sugar? Below is my recipe for a homemade marinade. If using this version, omit the store-bought roast pork seasoning + soy sauce and use this to marinate the cooked seitan instead.
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp 5-spice powder
2 Tbsp gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbsp sweet sake or rice wine
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like: Curry Lemongrass Seitan Stir-Fry (Mi Can Xao Xa Ot) and Braised Seitan and Vegetables (Mi Can Kho Chay).
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup vital wheat gluten
3 corn husks, moistened
2 Tbsp roast pork/char sui/Chinese BBQ seasoning
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
In a large bowl combine water, soy sauce, salt and baking powder. Sift in the vital wheat gluten and mix well. Work the dough in your hands making sure all dry vital wheat gluten is completely incorporated. Shape and squeeze the dough into a large ball. This helps to compact the dough and remove any air pockets. Flatten the dough and return to the bowl. Allow to rest for 1 hour.
Cut the dough into 3 equal pieces. Loosely wrap each piece of seitan in the corn husk and secure with twine.
Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add the seitan. Reduce the heat to Medium Low and boil the seitan for 15 minutes. Every 5 minutes, rotate the seitan so it cooks evenly. Remove, drain in a colander and allow to cool for 5 minutes before unwrapping.
Prepare the marinade by combining the roast pork seasoning with the soy sauce. Add the seitan and rotate in the marinade coating all the pieces completely. Marinate for 1 hour. After 1 hour, rotate the pieces and marinate for another hour.
Heat a skillet over Medium High heat. Add oil and seitan. Pan fry on each side for 1 minute. Add the water. Swirl and flip the seitan coating the pieces in the sauce and cook until the water is completely evaporated. (This takes approximately 4-5 minutes.) Once all the water is cooked-off, pan fry each side until golden brown. Remove from heat.
Yields: 2-4 servings