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Instant Pot Seitan ( Stovetop Instructions Included )

Make seitan from scratch using the instant pot ! Easy to make, versatile & only requires 6 ingredients. Stovetop instructions included.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 153kcal
Author Meesha



  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the vital wheat gluten, whole wheat flour, nutritional yeast, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir until well mixed.
  • Add in the soy sauce together with 1 cup of water. Mix until well combined. The dough should be moist but not sticky. Add more flour or water, if needed.
  • From here, you can choose to knead the dough for 15-30 seconds for a more tender seitan, and up to 1 minute if you prefer it to be tougher.
  • Form the dough into a log and wrap it with aluminum foil or a cheesecloth loosely.

Cooking in the instant pot

  • Place 1 cup of water into the inner pot. Insert a steamer basket / tray and place the dough in.
  • Place the lid on and make sure that the vent is set to the sealing position. Cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, before quick releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Let the seitan cool down slightly before removing it from the pot.

Steaming on stovetop

  • Fill a large pot / pan with a few inches of water. Insert a steaming basket / tray in and bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Place the seitan into the steaming basket.
  • Let it steam for 20 minutes. Then, carefully flip it and steam for another 20-25 minutes, or until it is firm. You can cut it down the middle to check for doneness.


*Whole wheat flour can be substituted for chickpea flour, soy flour or all purpose flour. 
To make it keto-friendly, use more vital wheat gluten in place of the whole wheat flour. 
Seitan can be kept in the fridge for 1 week, and in the freezer for up to 3 months. To freeze, simply portion it out into chunks and store them in zip lock bags. You can also freeze the whole log. 


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg