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In West Philadelphia born and raised...

Get your Fresh Prince on with this incredible cheesesteak. The seitan- vegan steak recipe is delicious and has a really meaty texture, and it’s way easier to make than you’d think. The veggie steak nearly didn’t make it into the sandwich - it was so tasty we were nomming it straight out of the pan. This recipe makes enough cheesesteak for about 4 delicious sandwiches, but it will keep pretty well for a few days and is just as good when re-heated. Big Will himself would be proud.

This is a great choice if you're looking for a naughty weekend vegan recipe, or something a little special for lunch time. It's an easy vegan steak recipe we think you would love and if you're looking for the best vegauary meals to try- make sure you add this one to this list.



Seitan Steak

  • 180g vital wheat gluten
  • 75g precooked puy lentils
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 tsp smoked salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp black pepper
  • 90ml water


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Cheesesteak extras

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 green peppers
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100g vegan cheese
  • 4 good quality white subs

To serve

  • Oven fries


  • Food processor
  • Large pan of boiling water
  • Microplane
  • Large, deep frying pan


  1. 1.

    First, make the seitan steak. Add all the ingredients, apart from the water and oil, to the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the water and blitz, scraping down the sides as needed. Tip the mixture on to a clean work surface, knead for a minute or two then bring it together into a tight ball.

  2. 2.

    Roll the mixture into a rough oblong shape and cut into 4 even slices. Flatten each slice with your hand so they’re roughly 1cm thick and steak-shaped (you can also use a rolling pin here). Lower the steaks into the pan of boiling salted water and simmer for 25 minutes. Take the steaks out of the pan, drain and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Cut the steaks into thin strips.

  3. 3.

    Now, make the marinade. Add the marinade ingredients and stir to combine. Put the strips of steak in the bowl and roll them around in the marinade. Leave to marinate for 20 minutes.

  4. 4.

    While the steak strips are marinating, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Grate the garlic. Halve, trim, peel and slice the onion. Halve, trim, core and slice the peppers. Grate the cheese. Cut the bread rolls in half and toast the cut sides.

  5. 5.

    Time to make your cheesesteak! Warm the olive oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt to the pan and stir for 3-4 minutes. Add the peppers to the pan and stir for 3-4 minutes. Add the steak and all the marinade to the pan and stir for 3-4 minutes. Turn the heat right down to a gentle simmer, grate the cheese over the top of steak, onions and peppers. Put the lid on the pan and leave for 2 minutes.

  6. 6.

    Time to build your sandwiches. Take the lid off the pan and use tongs to fill the bread rolls with the cheesesteak mixture. Close the sandwich and eat immediately with fries.