Grilled or Broiled Seitan

MAKES: 4 to 6 servings

TIME: 30 minutes with prepared seitan

The smoky flavor from a live fire is especially good with seitan, though broiling inside can also give you a nice light char. Generally I prefer to sauce the seitan toward the end of cooking so that everything gets crisp, but you can certainly baste with sauce if you like.

1 to 11/2 pounds seitan, cooled and patted dry

Neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn, as needed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Start a charcoal or gas grill or preheat a broiler to medium-high heat and place the rack 3 or 4 inches from the heat source. Pat the seitan dry again if necessary and brush with oil.

Cut the seitan into large cubes and skewer if you like or simply put the whole pieces on the grill or under the broiler. Cook carefully until lightly browned, brushing with more oil as needed. Continue to grill or broil until nicely browned; total cooking time will be less than 10 minutes. Taste and sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like. Serve whole or sliced or cool, wrap, and refrigerate for another use.