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What is seitan and where can you buy it?

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Discover what seitan is, where to shop for it, and how to use it in our ingredient glossary

What is seitan?

Originating from ancient China, seitan, also known as vital wheat gluten, is a meat alternative made from wheat. It has a firm texture with a ‘meaty’ bounce and mild flavour. It’s easy to make from scratch at home and can also be bought in vac-packed blocks or in jars. It can be cooked in lots of different ways – fried, grilled or added to stews or curries, for instance.

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Where to buy seitan

Buy Whole Foods Online Seitan Flour, £1.89/500g, Amazon

Biona Organic Seitan Pieces, £14.37/350g, Amazon

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Seitan recipes

Shiitake seitan burger with kimchi mayo

Don’t be daunted by the long ingredient list or the prep time for this vegan burger: it’s actually a super simple process and the results are delicious – this recipe uses added chunky shiitake mushrooms to replicate the texture of mince and to give an umami boost.

Vegan Mushroom Burger Recipe with Kimchi Mayo