Instant Pot Seitan Loaf

Instant Pot Seitan Loaf

This simple seitan loaf recipe is straightforward and delicious, and you can use the finished product in lots of other meals.

The recipe needs cooked black beans; you can use a can, or if you’re super organised, pre-cook in bulk using your Instant Pot you can find times here.

The loaf takes a little while to cook once in the Instant Pot, but only requires a few minutes of active work from you beforehand! You can experiment with the spices in the loaf or substitute with fresh or dry herbs (tougher herbs like Thyme or Rosemary would work best).

You can slice the finished loaf and eat as it is, or use pieces in other recipes. Frying slices with some vegetables and pulses for a home made vegan kebab is delicious, or you can use chunks of the loaf as mini meatballs for a bolognese.

The loaf is fine to be stored in the fridge for a couple of days – if it lasts that long without being eaten!

Yields1 Serving

Dry ingredients
 1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
 ¼ cup Oats
 ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
Wet ingredients
 ½ cup Cooked Black Beans (can subsitute with white or kidney beans)
 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
 ½ cup Water
Spices/herbs
 2 tbsp Soy Sauce (can substitue with tamari)
 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
 1 tsp Garlic Powder
 1 tsp Onion Powder
 2 tsp Paprika

1

Put all the spices and ingredients except for the wheat gluten into a blender. The mix of spices doesn't matter too much so feel free to substitute for what you have on hand. Blend until smooth and then transfer to a bowl.

2

Add the wheat gluten to this bowl, and mix to form a dough. Knead the dough until the ingredients are well mixed (you may need to add a bit of extra water).

3

Roll the mixture into a loaf shape, wrap in foil and twist the ends of the foil so the loaf is completely sealed in foil (it should look like a chunky Christmas cracker!).

4

Put a steamer rack into the bottom of your Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Put the loaf on top of the rack and close the lid. Check the knob on top is turned to the "sealing" position. Choose the steam setting and set the time to 45 minutes.

5

Once the time is up, press cancel and wait 5 minutes for some pressure to be released. Carefully turn the sealing knob to "vent" position, to release the remaining pressure manually, and remove the loaf. Wait a few minutes for the foil to cool before unwrapping.

6

Once the loaf has cooled you can slice and eat as it is or fry/add to other recipes (slices are great in pitta/wraps!)

Ingredients

Dry ingredients
 1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
 ¼ cup Oats
 ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
Wet ingredients
 ½ cup Cooked Black Beans (can subsitute with white or kidney beans)
 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
 ½ cup Water
Spices/herbs
 2 tbsp Soy Sauce (can substitue with tamari)
 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
 1 tsp Garlic Powder
 1 tsp Onion Powder
 2 tsp Paprika

Directions

1

Put all the spices and ingredients except for the wheat gluten into a blender. The mix of spices doesn't matter too much so feel free to substitute for what you have on hand. Blend until smooth and then transfer to a bowl.

2

Add the wheat gluten to this bowl, and mix to form a dough. Knead the dough until the ingredients are well mixed (you may need to add a bit of extra water).

3

Roll the mixture into a loaf shape, wrap in foil and twist the ends of the foil so the loaf is completely sealed in foil (it should look like a chunky Christmas cracker!).

4

Put a steamer rack into the bottom of your Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Put the loaf on top of the rack and close the lid. Check the knob on top is turned to the "sealing" position. Choose the steam setting and set the time to 45 minutes.

5

Once the time is up, press cancel and wait 5 minutes for some pressure to be released. Carefully turn the sealing knob to "vent" position, to release the remaining pressure manually, and remove the loaf. Wait a few minutes for the foil to cool before unwrapping.

6

Once the loaf has cooled you can slice and eat as it is or fry/add to other recipes (slices are great in pitta/wraps!)

Instant Pot Seitan Loaf