Vegan Roast (Seitan)

Recipe by Liz Douglas @glowdiariesCourse: Dinner, Christmas


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  • Dry
  • 1 1⁄2 cups vital wheat gluten

  • 1⁄2 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1⁄2 tsp onion powder

  • 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cloves

  • Wet
  • 1 cup vegan ‘beef’ stock

  • 400 g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1⁄4 cup canned beetroot, drained

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp miso paste

  • 1⁄2 tbsp soy sauce

  • Glaze
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup (or sub brown rice syrup)

  • 1⁄2 tbsp dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp vegan ‘beef’ stock

  • whole cloves to stud


  • Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, whisk until combined.
  • Add all wet ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until a dough forms. Transfer to a lightly floured benchtop and knead for about 6 minutes (meaty looking gluten strands will begin to form).
  • Shape the seitan into a loaf, wrap tightly in aluminium foil, twisting the ends to seal. It's important the twists are tight as the seitan will expand while cooking.
  • Add water to a large pot with a steamer basket attachment. Bring to the boil on high heat, making sure the water level is high but not touching the basket.
  • Place the wrapped seitan into the steamer. Cover and steam for 30 minutes before flipping and steaming for a further 30 minutes (1 hour total).
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Combine all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until dissolved.
  • Once the seitan has steamed, remove it from the foil and score the top in a cross-hatch pattern. Stud the intersections with whole cloves and place it into a lined roasting tray.
  • Generously brush the seitan with the glaze and roast for 30 minutes, adding extra glaze after 10 minutes, then again at 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush again with extra glaze for a final time.
  • Slice and serve!


  • This delicious and protein-rich seitan roast is a great vegan alternative to ham. Made using vital wheat gluten, it has a dense, satisfying texture and sweet sticky glaze, topped with whole cloves. The perfect centre-plate recipe for Christmas or any roast dinner! Recipe by Liz Douglas from Glow Diaries. If you're looking for more meaty vegan dishes, be sure to try her Mushroom Stroganoff and Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.

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