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Easy High-Protein Vegan Steak

Easy High-Protein Vegan Steak

This  Easy High-Protein Vegan Steak is quite easy to make and can yay your non-vegan guests! Perfectly spiced and looking remarkably like the ‘real thing’ these vegan steaks are deliciously textured, super high in protein and heaps of fun to make!

But here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter how realistic it looks, it’s NOT meat, it’s entirely vegan so there’s really no issue there.

Well, a little debate immediately ensued whereby someone asked why a vegan would ever want to eat something that looked like a piece of meat. Well…. quite a few vegans had something to say about that because…well…it’s NOT meat. It’s just something tasty.

And when we can replicate some tastes and textures a little, without harming anyone, well why not? And then there’s the fact that the better we are at making tasty things, the more appealing veganism becomes to the mainstream so it’s a win/win.

Truth be told though, while this vegan steak is totally delicious, it wouldn’t fool any meat eater. It’s ‘meaty’ while being nothing like actual meat.

It tastes absolutely delicious though! And it has a chewy, ‘meaty’ texture, which is from the main ingredient, which is wheat gluten, commonly known as seitan.

Easy High-Protein Vegan Steak


Getting hold of some wheat gluten wasn’t the easiest thing, and in the end, I had to order it. You may have to order it too. I went to all the health food places that usually would sell ingredients like this and they were totally confused, they were like: ‘you WANT the gluten?’

And then we’d all have a laugh because everything is gluten-free this and that and here we are coming in and asking them to give us the pure gluten!

It’s super high in protein, like super high, there are 75g of protein in 100g of wheat gluten.

But yeah, you’re definitely not gluten-free with this recipe and there are no adaptations for gluten-free, this is definitely one for the ‘yes I DO eat the gluten’ people!

Anyway, let’s make some steaks, shall we?
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180g/1 /1/4 cups vital wheat gluten

3 tablespoons of pre-cooked puy lentils

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons of tomato purée

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1⁄2 tsp smoked salt

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1⁄2 teaspoon of  black pepper

4 tablespoons of water

a splash of oil


1 teaspoon of thyme chopped

1 teaspoon of rosemary chopped

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of maple syrup


1. First, make the steak. Add all the ingredients, apart from the water and oil, to the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the water and blitz, scraping down the sides as needed.

2. Tip the mixture on to a clean work surface, knead for a minute or two then bring it together into a tight ball Roll the mixture into a rough oblong shape and cut into 4 even slices. Flatten each slice with your hand so they’re roughly 1cm thick and steak- shaped (you can also use a rolling pin here)  For a dryer texture press the steak as you would tofu – wrapping it in kitchen paper and placing a weight on top of it for 20 minutes, which will give a firmer texture.

3. Put a saucepan with water on medium heat and bring it to the boil. Lower the steaks into the pan of boiling salted water and simmer for 25 minutes. Take the steaks out of the pan, drain and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

4. Put the ingredients for the marinade into a large freezer bag. Put the steaks in the bag and roll them around in the marinade so they are well coated. Leave to marinate for 20 minutes.

5. When you’re ready to cook the steaks place a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add a splash of oil and let it get hot. Add the steaks and pour over any remaining marinade. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side, basting the steaks with the oil in the pan as they cook. Remove when both sides are well browned, but the steak is still tender. Leave to rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

You can serve this Easy High-Protein Vegan Steak with whatever garnish you fancy, I opted for a salad and sweet potato chips!

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  • Reply
    Laura Bryan
    26 April 2021 at 1h25

    This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make this Vegan Steak! Will be looking for a vegan steak sauce recipe to serve with this! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with all of us!

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