Golden Simmering Liquid for Seitan

Cook the seitan in this lighter seasoning liquid if you want a more neutral color and flavor or plan to use seitan with spring or summer vegetables. It’s best with non-Asian dishes and seasonings. The color will be, well, golden.

If you use oil to further cook or season golden-simmered seitan, use a neutral oil like grapeseed or corn or extra virgin olive oil.

6 cups vegetable stock or water

1 cup white wine, apple juice, or cider

1 tablespoon salt (if using water)

Combine the ingredients in a large pot with a lid and follow the simmering directions in the main recipe.

7 Other Seasonings for Seitan-Simmering Liquid

Use alone or in combination, with either the dark or golden base liquid.

  1. 1 or 2 bay leaves
  2. About 1 tablespoon peppercorns, black or Sichuan
  3. 6 or 8 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
  4. Fresh herb sprigs like rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, parsley, cilantro, or mint
  5. Up to 1 tablespoon tea leaves
  6. Warm spices like cinnamon (1 stick), cloves (2 or 3), star anise (1 or 2), or cardamom (4 or 6 pods)
  7. A pinch of asafetida