Instant Pot Seitan

Looking for a solid vegan main dish? This Instant Pot Seitan is an ideal replacement for any kind of meat. It’s full of protein and has a great taste (when cooked correctly!) It even kind of looks like meat!

Its neutral taste allows it to take on the flavors of the ingredients it’s cooked in, and its texture makes you feel like you’re eating a nutritious main course. When seitan is cooked correctly, it has a meaty texture, similar to that of a portobello mushroom.

Sure, you can buy premade seitan… but it often has a rubbery unpleasant texture, so making your own is definitely the way to go. Especially when it’s this easy using your pressure cooker!

What is Seitan Anyway?

Seitan is a vegetarian protein alternative made from rehydrated vital wheat gluten. It’s prized among vegetarians for its chewy, meat-like texture and appearance, and also its neutral taste and ability to absorb flavors well, making it extremely adaptable.

Is Seitan Good For You?

Seitan tends to be a bit healthier than tofu in terms of fat percentage and amount of protein. It’s relatively low calorie, cholesterol-free, and a good source of calcium, iron, potassium and B vitamins.

Does Seitan Contain Soy?

Unlike many popular vegetarian protein options like tofu and tempeh, seitan is completely soy free! However, since seitan is made of vital wheat gluten, those who are gluten intolerant should avoid eating seitan.

What Should I Serve it With?

Here I’m serving it with steamed bok choy and Instant Pot rice a roni. But it’s extremely versatile and can be prepared hundreds of different ways! Try using it in place of a meat protein in any of your favorite dishes.

If you like this Instant Pot seitan recipe, check out these Instant Pot vegan recipes too!

Instant Pot Seitan
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
  • 1 cup wheat gluten
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp poultry spice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • In a bowl mix wheat gluten, paprika, poultry spice, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.
  • Add water and keep mixing and kneading for about 3 minutes, or until the mix is smooth.
  • Cut the mixture to small equal pieces.
  • Put the pieces into the Instant Pot and pour in the vegetable broth.
  • Cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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