As more people try to adapt to a plant-based diet, many foods that vegans have been enjoying for years or even decades are suddenly finding viral fame. That’s certainly the case with seitan, a popular meat alternative, best known for its versatility and great taste.
If the viral videos that show people making seitan by washing the starch off flour left you confused, here’s some clarification—this meat substitute is basically wheat gluten, and it’s been around for centuries. It’s been used as a meat alternative in Asian countries for quite some time, but the term seitan only started being used during the early 60s.
What separates seitan from many other popular vegan foods is its relatively high protein and iron content. Another great thing about it is its incredible versatility, and we’ve seen people use it to make everything from vegan steaks to fried chicken.
TikTok is currently overflowing with videos that show people making seitan at home by washing out all of the starch from flour and being left with nothing but gluten. If you’re not in the mood to make your own, try looking for it at your local food market, and you may even find the version flavored with everything from mushrooms to barbecue sauce.