This vegan ham recipe is packed with smoky and salty flavors making for a delicious meat replacement. Using a classic seitan preparation along with a flavorful maple pineapple glaze, you’ll love this recipe for any holiday event! This seitan ham also works well for savory vegan ham sandwiches.
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Vegan Ham Recipe Ingredients
The ingredients needed to make this seitan ham are fairly simple and should be easy to find. As this is a seitan recipe, gluten flour (aka vital wheat gluten) is the key ingredient.
Gluten flour creates a chewy, high-protein seitan. This recipe also uses corn starch to soften the texture, but still leaves a firm, meaty texture.
Tahini and oil also add some healthy fats to the seitan ham. Ham is a very fatty meat, so to replicate this we need to ensure the seitan isn’t dry!
Other key ingredients you need are:
- Smoked paprika: ham is a smoked meat, so to replicate this flavor, smoked paprika is essential. Many people use liquid smoke but that ingredient may be hard to find (and I don’t enjoy the taste of liquid smoke so tend to avoid it).
- Soy sauce: ham is salty, really salty. This recipe uses a few different salty ingredients to recreate that flavor. Soy sauce (either regular or low-sodium) can help boost this quality and provide a better end result.
- Miso paste: miso paste is a fantastic addition to many recipes as it adds a delicious depth of salty flavor. As a fermented soy product, it’s also considered to be a nutritious ingredient!
- Pineapple juice: ham and pineapple are a classic combination, which is why this vegan ham is roasted in a maple pineapple glaze. Pineapple juice really brings this up to the next level and makes for an irresistible vegan holiday ham!
What to Serve with Vegan Seitan Ham
All classic roast “meat” fixings are perfect to serve with this ham roast. Making vegan side dishes for a holiday meal is quite simple; I recommend a couple of vegetable dishes, a potato dish, some homemade bread and a salad or two!
Serving soup or salad as an appetizer along with “finger foods” and dips is also a nice touch!
Steamed vegetables can do the trick but tend to be boring. Instead, try different cooking techniques and add lots of flavor! Some of my favourites include:
- Roasted vegetables like garlic lemon green beans: pretty much any vegetables tastes amazing roasted with a bit of oil and your favourite seasoning!
- Pan frying vegetables: like these maple balsamic Brussels sprouts also adds plenty of flavor.
Don’t forget, ham and cheese is also a tasty combo. This roast is heavenly when served with vegan cheese sauce!
Additional Side Dishes for a Vegan Holiday Ham Meal
You may also enjoy some of these other delicious vegan recipes to go along with a meal staring seitan ham:
- Apple cranberry quinoa salad
- Kale salad with orange-miso dressing
- Spiralized beet salad
- Radicchio cups with walnut and pear quinoa salad topped with vegan feta cheese
Don’t forget about dessert either:
- Vegan date crumble squares
- Mini vegan raspberry cheesecake
- Chocolate avocado pudding (a Lettuce Veg Out favorite!)
- Raspberry peach crisp
- Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
- Apple fritters
If you need a festive appetizer, I love:
- Thai pumpkin hummus
- Broccoli potato soup
- Healthy spinach artichoke dip (in a pumpernickel bread bowl)
- Soft pretzel bites (make some with cinnamon sugar for a tasty dessert!)
- Roasted red pepper and tomato soup
- Vegan crab cakes with sour cream dipping sauce
- Beetroot dip
- Vegan cheese board with cashew goats cheese at the center
How to Store and Use Vegan Ham Leftovers
Leftover seitan ham can be stored in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.
This vegan roast ham is delicious with leftover side dishes, but nothing beats a savory ham sandwich. Spread on some vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion and you’ll have a filling, highly satisfying lunch!
While many people think of ham for holiday meals, this recipe is fantastic to meal prep at the start of any ordinary week too!
I truly hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and let me know what you decide to serve your ham with in the comments below! If you make this recipe, tag @lettucevegout on social media because I’d love to see or hear about your experience!
Vegan Ham Recipe | Seitan Ham Roast with Maple Pineapple Glaze
- Large mixing bowl
- Small pot
- Baking tray
- Tin foil
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (1 ½ C vital wheat gluten, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp corn starch, ½ tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder and ½ tsp salt).
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (3 tbsp ketchup, 3 tbsp melted/ liquid coconut oil, 2 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, ½ tbsp tbsp. miso paste and ¾ C vegetable broth). The mixture won’t be completely blended or smooth.
- Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture, until a ball of dough forms. Knead this dough (in the bowl or on a counter) for about 2 minutes to work the gluten flour.
- Place the dough on a piece of tin foil and shape into your vegan ham roast. Wrap tightly with tin foil. Place the open edge of the tin foil down onto a second sheet of foil and wrap tightly again.
- Place onto a baking tray and bake for 45 minutes, flip the roast over and bake another 45 minutes.
- Remove the ham from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before removing the tin foil and allowing the ham to cool completely (can place into the fridge for a few hours or overnight in a sealed container to speed timing).
- Mix together ½ C pineapple juice, ¼ C maple syrup and 3 tbsp soy sauce in a small pot over medium-high heat. Once the glaze starts to simmer, whisk together 2 tsp corn starch and 2 tsp water in a small bowl.
- While continuing to whisk the simmering glaze, pour in the starch mixture and keep whisking until it begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- When ready to serve the ham, score the top of the cooked and cooled seitan roast (optional) and place into a small baking dish.
- Pour glaze over the ham and bake for 25 minutes, until your roast is warmed through. At 5 minute intervals, brush the glaze around the ham so it cooks nicely into the top.
- Once warmed through, remove from the baking tray, slice and serve!