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This seitan satay is inspired by the satay that originates in Indonesia, and which is served in many Southeast Asian countries in regional variations. The grilled meat skewers are often dipped in peanut sauce.

In the colonial era, the dish became part of Dutch cuisine and is extremely popular in the Netherlands. That way I got to know satay as a child and have worked a lot on vegetarian and later vegan versions.

The seitan sticks can also be prepared in advance and taken to a barbecue to put on the grill, and I also like them cold from the lunchbox.

What equipment do I need to steam seitan?

I use a Multicooker* to steam the seitan, but before I had it, I used to put a vegetable steamer* in my rice cooker, that worked well too. It should also be possible to steam the seitan in a pot with the steamer, but I haven’t tried that. I would steam the seitan a little longer in that case. Steaming a little longer is no problem, but if you don’t steam it long enough, you might end up with chewing gum.

I also have a delicious soy satay on my blog, it is a bit quicker and easier than steaming the seitan.

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What goes well with the seitan satay skewers?

  • spicy peanut sauce
  • Sambal Oelek (Indonesian chili sauce)
  • Ketjap Manis (Indonesian dark sweet soy sauce)
  • limes
  • vegan kroepoek, which you can find in some vegan specialty stores. In Germany it’s called Java Chips and in the Netherlands it’s avialable in almost every supermarket called cassava kroepoek.
  • Indonesian noodle dish bami goreng is a nice quick and easy side to serve with these skewers
picture of seitan satay with bami goring

These dishes go very well with the seitan satay skewers as well:

Lemongrass noodles
Sesame noodles
PIneapple rice

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You love vegan fusion cuisine? Make this yummy seitan satay with spicy peanut sauce yourself with my recipe and video!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Additional time if you're not using a pressure cooker 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Rezepte, Sauces & Fingerfood
Cuisine Indonesian fusion
Servings 2 Portions


optional: Multicooker*


  • 1 cup (120 g) vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika pimenton de la vera
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon veggie broth powder
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • lime, cilantro and peanuts to serve with
  • spicy peanut sauce


  • Mix vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, onion powder, veggie broth powder and cumin well. Then mix water, apple cider vinegar and soy sauce well in a separate bowl.
  • Combine dry and liquid ingredients and knead into a soft dough for about a minute, then put it aside for about five minutes.
  • Knead again and tear into little pieces, then steam it tightly wrapped in parchment paper. I use one sheet cut in halves. This is the way it worked best for me.
  • If not wrapped, the seitan has too much room to expand and can get spongy, and if wrapped in just one sheet, the middle pieces take too long to cook and can become too chewy. Steam for 20 minutes if your steamer has a pressure cooker function or 40 minutes if not. Steaming a little longer is no problem, but if you don’t steam it long enough, you might end up with chewing gum.
  • Take the seitan out, let it cool off for a moment, pull the pieces apart and roast them golden brown in a pan. I usually add a little peanut sauce to glaze them. Then put them on skewers and serve with the sauce.
  • Serve with peanut sauce and garnish them with lime, peanuts and cilantro.
Keyword buffet, fingerfood, picknick
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