This seitan gyros recipe make the perfect vegan gyro meat alternative. It’s packed with flavor and offers a chewy, meat-like texture that isn’t dry or tough!
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Seitan: The Ultimate Vegan Gyro Meat
There are plenty of ways to make a vegan gyro, but I use seitan because it’s the perfect meat alternative.
While some other ingredients make a tasty gyro wrap, nothing compares to the texture and flavor of seitan. Not to mention that seitan is one of the highest sources of vegan protein you can find!
Seitan gyros (or any seitan recipe) are a great choice if you’re serving people who enjoy a chewier, meatier texture and flavor. Learning to make seitan was one of the things that convinced my husband that vegan food is awesome and can easily replace consuming animal products.
How to Make Seitan Gyro
Seitan is simple to make, although it may seem intimidating the first time you try. With a long list of ingredients, you may wonder if you should even attempt this recipe but I assure you it’s straight forward.
With this simple seitan gyro recipe, you simply mix together the dry ingredients (gluten flour and dry herbs/ spices).
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. The wet ingredients won’t mix together perfectly but that’s ok.
Then, mix wet with dry. Stir until a ball of dough forms then use your hand to knead the dough together.
Shape, wrap in tin foil, then bake – it’s that simple.
See the video below for further direction and a visual of how to make this recipe!
How to Serve Seitan Gyro
A classic gyro is served in pita bread wrap along with tzatziki sauce, tomato, cucumber, onion and lettuce.
This is the best way to serve the recipe, in my opinion, but this seitan can easily be served in place of meat in many other dishes. It’s also tasty thinly sliced on a sandwich or Greek-style pizza!
If you want to skip the pita, make a gyro salad bowl with the seitan, tzatziki sauce and veggies! This is also delicious with a side of rice.
However you serve your vegan gyro meat, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! If you share your food creations on social media, I’d love to see them so tag me @lettucevegout!
Seitan Gyros | How to Make Vegan Gyro Meat
- Large bowl
- Cutting Board
- Tin foil
- Baking tray
- ½ C onion , finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 tbsp oil (I use olive oil)
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium; can sub for tamari)
- ¾ C vegetable broth
- 1 batch vegan tzatziki sauce
- Pita bread
- Red onion
- Lettuce/ leafy greens
- Fresh dill or parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Prepare two large pieces of tinfoil.
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients together in a bowl. They won’t mix together completely (will be flecks of tahini and oil; that’s perfectly ok).
- Stir the wet ingredient mix into the dry ingredient mix until a ball of dough starts to form. Then use your hands to knead the seitan dough for about a minute.
- Place the seitan dough onto one sheet of tin foil (shiny side up) and form into a rectangle that is about 1-1 ½ inches (about 2-3 cm) thick.
- Tightly wrap the seitan dough in tin foil. Place the open edge down onto the second sheet of tin foil and wrap tightly again.
- Place the wrapped seitan onto a baking tray and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow the seitan to rest and cool for about 10 minutes then transfer onto a cooling rack and place into the fridge so it can set.
- If possible, allow the seitan to rest in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight (it can be sliced after 10 minutes of resting but is easier/ firmer when completely cooled). Slice thinly and serve in a pita bread with vegan tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and lettuce.