Instant Pot Seitan Nuggets

Chewy, simple vegan seitan nuggets made in the Instant Pot! You’ll love this quick and easy plant-based protein-packed recipe!


  • 120g vital wheat gluten*
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon vegan chicken seasoning salt**
  • 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a few cranks of freshly-ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water or low-sodium broth* (plus 1 and 1/2 cups for cooking)
  • 12 tablespoons oil, for cooking


  1. In a large bowl, combine your vital wheat gluten, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, vegan chicken seasoning salt, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add your 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of water or broth, and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. It will form a spongey dough. Knead 10-15 times in the bowl, and then set aside.
  3. In your Instant Pot bowl, add your remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of water or broth. Slightly flatten your seitan dough, and pull small chunks off to create your nuggets. I tend to try make mine in the ~1 Tbsp. of dough/nugget-range, but it’s not an exact measurement (you can see the photos in the post to use as an example!). Be aware that they will puff up and grow larger after they’re cooked. Place the nuggets in the water/broth in your Instant Pot in one even layer.
  4. Add the lid to your Instant Pot, set the vent to Sealing, and Pressure Cook on High for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, immediately and carefully release the steam. Remove the lid and drain your nuggets in a strainer. Allow them to drain for 10 minutes.
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a tablespoon or two of oil. Add your drained nuggets to the hot oil and cook to brown the sides, flipping to brown both sides, 6-8 minutes.
  7. Remove from the pan, add your favorite sauce, and dive on in!


*It’s important that you don’t overmeasure the vital wheat gluten, so I highly recommend using a scale to make sure you have 120g!

**I like Trader Joe’s Vegan Chicken-less Seasoning Salt here, but feel free to use whatever poultry seasoning you’d like. If your mix doesn’t have salt, I’d suggest upping the salt to 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. You can also leave this out and use a vegan chicken-style broth. Super customizable!

For the seasonings, feel free to make it your own. Mexican seasonings, Italian seasonings, etc. would all work great!

This recipe was slightly adapted from Liv B!

Keywords: seitan nuggets, Instant Pot vegan recipe

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