Seitan shawarma

Friday nights at our place have become wrap nights, and this seitan shawarma is our absolute favourite.

seitan shawarma

I like to prepare this in the morning and let it spend the day marinating then reheat it before serving. It works equally well served on a plate with a fork, or wrapped in fresh pita bread.

Makes 6 – 8 wraps
Seitan: 1 hour cooking
Shawarma sauce: 10 minutes
Total active time: 30 minutes
I adapted this recipe from one for lentil wraps.

The seitan

250g (2 cups) vital wheat gluten
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
500ml (2 cups) cold water
2 litres (2 quarts) vegetable stock

The sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp tomato paste

The salad

2 large tomatoes, seeded and sliced
about 20cm (8″) cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 small red onion, halved and finely sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon sumac
Salt and pepper to taste

The accompaniments

pita bread
greek yoghurt (or greek-style soy yoghurt) mixed with a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon juice, a crushed garlic clove and a handful of finely chopped parsley


Whisk together the dry ingredients for the seitan, add the cold water until mix by hand until it is fully combined and kind of spongey. Form into a log and slice about 1cm (about 1/2″) thick. Make sure to keep the pieces separate or they will stick together as the gluten does what gluten does, which is bond.

In a large saucepan, bring the stock to the boil, add the seitan, cover, reduce heat to minimum and simmer for one hour. Remove from heat and drain seitan in a colander while you prepare the sauce.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute, then add the cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. Stir together for about 1 minute to bring out the flavour of the spices.

Add the the soy sauce, lemon juice and tomato paste to the skillet and stir to combine. Slice the seitan into strips, add to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened – cooking time will depend on how wet the seitan is.

Freezes well.

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4 Responses to Seitan shawarma

  1. mistimaan says:

    Loved the recipe 🙂

  2. Thank you for a seitan recipe in grams!

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