There are a lot of questions surrounding seitan.
- What is it?
- How do you say it?
- What do you do with it?
To be honest, I knew nothing about seitan at first except that it was vegan, so I tried it out at some veg restaurants:
I found it to be outrageously tasty!
But that’s about as far as I got until I decided recently to explore it further by cooking with it at home.
Come along with me today and explore seitan for yourself!
How do you say it?
First, let’s talk about how to pronounce it, since you’ll be saying it in your head kind of a lot as you read this post!
It’s a Japanese word (セイタン), and I’ve heard it pronounced all kinds of ways:
SAY-TAN, SAY-TAHN, SIGH-TAN, etc, etc.
I pronounce it SAY-TAHN, but the Merriam Webster pronunciation guide says it SAY-TAN (like so – hear it pronounced here).
There doesn’t seem to be much consensus out there, so my advice: just pick which you like best and pronounce it that way.
However you say it, it’s ripe for “Satan” puns (as my cheesy title demonstrates).
What is it?
Seitan is basically a wheat meat. It’s made by rinsing the starch away from wheat and retaining the protein.
This wheat protein is also called gluten, so if you have Celiac disease or are gluten-sensitive, you probably want to steer clear! If not, lucky you – you can try it out!
What do you do with it? (The Fun Part)
The fun part of seitan is eating it, of course, and I had the perfect opportunity to do that recently.
A company called Upton’s Naturals contacted me to ask if I could give their products a try and do a review if I liked.
Since I had only ever eaten seitan out at restaurants, and I wanted to try to cook with it at home, I liked that idea very much!
To be up front, I got to try two products for free, but I’m not being paid to write this review or endorse them. The following opinions are totally my own!
In fact, 5% of the proceeds from their Bacon Seitan goes to support Farm Sanctuary’s pigs like Nikki (who I got to meet on my visit there!).
Just listen to it sizzle in the pan:
To answer the question of how it tasted…