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Cooking For One: Seitan

By Jaye Joseph, February 24, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jaye Joseph
I fell in love with seitan (say-tahn) at the Whole Foods Market Lamar store in Austin about two years ago. The Living Green venue makes vegan seitan gyros that are as good, if not better, than most of the gyros I’ve had in all of Austin (admittedly, we’re not known for our Greek food in this town). Are you wondering what seitan is? Seitan is a food made from the gluten of wheat. Its texture is dense and a bit on the chewy side and it can be substituted for meat in many dishes. At Whole Foods Market, I find seitan in the dairy aisle with the tofu and tempeh. It’s sold in various forms, including strips and crumbles. A package usually has about two servings and keeps pretty well if you want to prepare one serving at a time, just make sure you use (or freeze) by the date on the package. My favorite dish to make with seitan is a Greek salad. It’s as easy as getting a package of seitan, placing a bit of olive oil in a pan and bringing it up to about medium-high. Add one serving of seitan into the pan and season with ½ teaspoon of dried oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté the seitan until it’s heated through and you see a little bit of a crust on the slices. Then build your favorite Greek salad using items from your store’s salad bar. I like Romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. Later in the week, you can use the other serving of seitan to make a stir-fry using some vegetables from your salad bar (or stir-fry bar if you have one in your store). Just add your favorite stir-fry sauce and serve on top of brown rice or whole grain of your choosing. Some other ideas for seitan:
  • Use ground seitan in place of ground beef, turkey or bison and make tacos or taco salad
  • Season strips like you would fajitas and make seitan fajitas
  • Subsititute seitan for beef in Stroganoff
Do you have any favorite ways to eat seitan? Share them in the comments section.




Valerie Pegg says ...
Thank you for this article! I've been trying to figure out where to buy all of the different types of vegetarian "meats" besides MorningStar. I'm excited to make the recipe above!
02/24/2011 7:18:02 PM CST
Megan says ...
@Valerie. I buy Gardein products at Whole foods. I've tried the BBQ wings, the beefless tips, and the mandarin crispy chicken. They are all good! All I used to buy was morning star too until I discovered Gardein.
02/25/2011 10:54:11 PM CST
katherine says ...
I wish my local whole foods store sold seitan. I really hope that all locations start to sell it. However I am glad to hear that some locations do because when I asked last time at whole foods they said they didn't carry it because it contained a preservative that prevented them from stocking it. This gives me hope that it will someday be available!
03/02/2011 1:07:43 AM CST
Linda says ...
I love seitan and frequently buy it from Whole Foods. I especially like making gyros and fajitas with it. It also makes great pot pies or shepherd pies. I do use tofu also, but seitan has more of a meaty texture and works better for some recipes.
02/28/2011 12:54:52 PM CST
Adam says ...
love seitan, it's much less proccessed than a lot of other meat substitutes.. many of the soy-based ones are made from isolated or concentrated soy protein, which i try to avoid.. Gardein is made from a combination of isolated soy protein and seitan.. so my favorite brands are Field Roast and Tofurky, which are made from either just seitan or a combo of tofu and seitan
03/02/2011 9:59:06 PM CST
Stephen C says ...
I tried some seitan from Whole Foods last night. It was great!
02/26/2011 4:56:08 PM CST
Deborah M. says ...
Last month I tried Whole Foods' General Tso's Vegan Chicken. It was the first time I had seitan. Absolutely delicious. Love, love, love it!!!
03/03/2011 11:36:10 PM CST
Hitha says ...
I use seitan instead of chicken to make buffalo "veggie" wings - they're super easy, and taste even better than the regular wings!
04/05/2011 12:45:46 AM CDT
norm linde says ...
I use Chicken Style Seitan in any dish that calls for chicken and it is really good. Is it West Soy Chicken Style Seitan-I don't remember, but it is in the dairy case with other soy and seitan products.
03/02/2011 7:12:51 PM CST
Doreen E. Boulanger says ...
I saw a recipe that uses Seitan mix. Do you also sell this? Is it in a boxor with tempeh etc ?
01/30/2012 8:45:54 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Doreen Since each WFM does things a little differently the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the availability of Seitan mix is to reach out to your community Whole Foods Market directly. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member will be happy to chat with you. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
01/31/2012 12:02:46 PM CST
Susan says ...
I buy my seitan at our local Whole Foods and really love it. So versatile. I can't seem to find an organic seitan. Is there such a thing.
02/08/2013 6:34:03 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSAN - I was not able to find an organic seitan vendor online that was in the US. I would suggest reaching out to your local store to inquire if they are able to find an organic option that is available in their region. They would appreciate the feedback that you are looking for one!
02/11/2013 11:39:12 AM CST
Cathy Burdett-Freeman says ...
Where can I purchase seitan in the Everett, Marysville, Arlington, Wa area? Do you have a store near Arlington, WA?
06/07/2013 11:42:50 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CATHY - You can find a list of our store locations on our website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. Our products vary between locations so check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
06/11/2013 10:26:15 AM CDT
Elena says ...
I want to be able to buy organic seitan at whole foods. Pls carry some. I know of 1 that is good: veggie brothers.com
11/19/2013 11:22:43 PM CST
gloria mauro says ...
do u sell saitan in your store ?
12/09/2013 6:11:23 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GLORIA - Most of our stores should have an option but check with your local store to find out exactly what options they have in stock!
12/09/2013 1:48:27 PM CST
suzanne says ...
I bought and served Whole foods Vegan General Tso last night. It was awesome. I would like to know the ingredients and caloric breakdown. Im on the Ornish Diet Program and want to make sure I am charting this properly. Thank you for your response
01/13/2014 8:22:35 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUZANNE - If this was a dish made in-house, I would suggest reaching out to the store directly. We do not have nutritional info on every dish but if the store has it, they will be happy to share.
01/13/2014 12:06:41 PM CST
Susan says ...
i live in New Jersey and shop at the Whole foods in West Orange, i fell in love with Seitan and want to order for myself, whole foods sells it with sesame seeds at their hot food bar. instead of buying boxes of it from the hot foods where do i find it in the store?
03/26/2014 12:11:55 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSAN - The location for packaged Seitan will differ between stores. Typically you can find it in the Dairy department. Your local store should be able to point you in the right direction!
03/27/2014 1:58:32 PM CDT
Kmgiallo says ...
I had this for the first time today at Ethos in winter park. Was incredible. So delicious.
07/05/2014 7:28:44 PM CDT
Laura Tieri says ...
I must confess... I am addicted to your sesame seitan, but it isn't always available at my local store. I would absolutely love it if you posted the recipe for it online! (*hint, hint*)
08/08/2014 8:24:02 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LAURA - So happy you have enjoyed it! Since this is an item made in-house, check with the store directly. If they have a recipe, they will be happy to share it!
08/08/2014 12:01:08 PM CDT