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Smoky Seitan Kebabs With Peanut Sauce

  • Author: Matthew Prescott
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Appetizer
  • Method: Oven, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


Did you know that beef and lamb come with a high eco-footprint (especially when the animals eat grass, resulting in higher methane emissions)? This smoky plant-based kebab recipe uses simple homemade seitan instead, drastically lowering its footprint. These deliciously meat-like skewers are served with a DIY peanut sauce that will most certainly have you coming back for more.


  • 1 cup of vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (aka “nooch”)
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon of vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • ½ cup of water
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for serving

Peanut Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of Sriracha (if you like a little spicy kick)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the vital wheat gluten, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, thyme, and nutritional yeast in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, place the liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, tomato paste, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and ½ cup of water. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Stir gently as you pour, until it vaguely resembles ground beef. Knead the dough in the bowl for 2 minutes. It shouldn’t stick to your hands at all.
  5. Once you have a loose ball, break it into 18 small chunks. Press 3 chunks together to form one larger piece, then flatten it out. That’ll be one kebab. Repeat this until you have 6 kebabs.
  6. Place the kebabs on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten them out and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly. Turn the oven to broil.
  7. Wet your skewers with water, and skewer each kebab. Place them back on the baking sheet and return to the oven, broiling each side for 2 minutes. Remove and serve topped with fresh herbs, with the peanut sauce and lime wedges alongside.

Peanut Sauce

  1. Combine the peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, maple syrup, and Sriracha (optional), in a small bowl. Stir until well-combined.

Keywords: appetizer, dinner, kebabs, meat-free, peanut sauce, seitan, skewers