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Vegan Smoked “Duck”

Indulge in the rich, smoky flavors of Vegan Smoked “Duck.” This plant-based alternative, made from seitan, is marinated, smoked to perfection, and can be used in various dishes, from sandwiches to salads.

Vegan Smoked “Duck”



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  • For the Seitan “Duck”:
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Prepare the Seitan Dough:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together vegetable broth, soy sauce or tamari, and olive oil.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  • Knead the Dough:
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it becomes elastic.
  • Shape the “Duck” Breast:
  • Shape the seitan dough into a log or oval resembling a duck breast. Keep in mind that the seitan will expand during cooking.
  • Prepare the Smoker:
  • If you have a smoker, preheat it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If not, you can use a stovetop smoker or an outdoor grill with a smoking box.
  • Mix the Marinade:
  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce or tamari, liquid smoke, maple syrup, olive oil, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Marinate the “Duck”:
  • Place the seitan “duck” in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it, ensuring the entire surface is coated.
  • Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator for enhanced flavor.
  • Smoke the “Duck”:
  • Place the marinated seitan “duck” in the smoker or smoking apparatus.
  • Smoke at a low temperature (around 200°F or 93°C) for 2 to 3 hours, or until the seitan has a firm, chewy texture and a deep smoky flavor.
  • Rest and Slice:
  • Allow the smoked “duck” to rest for a few minutes before slicing it thinly.
  • Serve:
  • Use the vegan smoked “duck” in various dishes such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, or alongside your favorite sides.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Adjust Smoke Intensity:
    • Experiment with the amount of liquid smoke to achieve your desired level of smokiness.
  2. Storage:
    • Store leftover smoked “duck” in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can also be frozen for longer storage.
  3. Customize Marinade:
    • Feel free to customize the marinade by adding herbs, spices, or a touch of your favorite barbecue sauce.
  4. Use a Meat Thermometer:
    • For precise cooking, use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the seitan reaches around 160°F (71°C).
  5. Serving Ideas:
    • Serve the vegan smoked “duck” with sides like roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a tangy barbecue sauce.
  6. Experiment with Flavors:

Add different herbs and spices to the seitan dough for a unique flavor profile

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories150
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Sodium 500mg 21%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 20g 40%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


    1. Gluten-Free “Duck” using Chickpea Flour:
      • Alteration: Replace vital wheat gluten with chickpea flour to make a gluten-free version.
      • How to Achieve It: Instead of using 2 cups of vital wheat gluten, use 2 cups of chickpea flour. Adjust the liquid ingredients accordingly; you might need more or less liquid than the original recipe. Chickpea flour tends to be denser, so consider adding baking powder or aquafaba (chickpea brine) for lightness.
    2. Oil-Free “Duck” for a Lower-Fat Option:
      • Alteration: Omit the olive oil from the seitan dough to make an oil-free version.
      • How to Achieve It: Simply exclude the 1 tablespoon of olive oil from the list of ingredients. The dough might be slightly less elastic, but it will still form a cohesive mixture. Ensure you knead the dough well to develop its structure.
    3. Low-Sodium Marinade for a Heart-Healthy Twist:
      • Alteration: Reduce sodium by using a low-sodium soy sauce or tamari in both the seitan and marinade.
      • How to Achieve It: Choose a low-sodium soy sauce or tamari for both the seitan dough and the marinade. You can also dilute regular soy sauce with water to reduce its sodium content. Adjust other seasonings to maintain a balanced flavor profile.


    1. Teriyaki-Glazed “Duck” for Sweet and Savory Flavor:
      • Modification: Transform the flavor by creating a teriyaki glaze with soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic.
      • How to Achieve It: For the marinade, substitute the soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and spices with a teriyaki mixture. Combine 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons mirin, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, and 2 cloves minced garlic. Adjust sweetness to taste.
    2. Herb-Infused Seitan for a Fragrant Touch:
      • Modification: Add fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or sage to the seitan dough for an herby aroma.
      • How to Achieve It: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh herbs into the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients. The herbs will impart a delightful fragrance to the seitan. Thyme and rosemary work particularly well.

    Tips for Customization for Vegan Smoked ‘Duck’:

    1. Smoky BBQ “Duck” with a Barbecue Twist:
      • Customization: Infuse a barbecue flavor by adding smoked paprika, tomato paste, and a touch of liquid smoke to the marinade.
      • How to Achieve It: Enhance the marinade by incorporating 1-2 teaspoons of smoked paprika and 1 tablespoon of tomato paste. Add a few drops of additional liquid smoke for a robust barbecue flavor.
    2. Soy-Ginger “Duck” for an Asian-Inspired Dish:
      • Customization: Give the “duck” an Asian twist by incorporating grated ginger, garlic, and a splash of rice vinegar to both the seitan dough and marinade.
      • How to Achieve It: Add 1-2 teaspoons of grated ginger and 2 cloves minced garlic to the seitan dough. For the marinade, include 1 tablespoon rice vinegar. Adjust the quantities based on your preference for these flavors.

    Storage and Freezing Instructions for Vegan Smoked ‘Duck’:

    • Storage: Store any leftover smoked “duck” in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. It’s best to consume it fresh for optimal flavor and texture.
    • Freezing the Smoked “Duck”:
      • Allow the smoked “duck” to cool completely before freezing.
      • Portion it into meal-sized portions and place each portion in a separate airtight container or freezer bag.
      • If using freezer bags, try to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
      • Label each container or bag with the date to keep track of freshness.
      • The smoked “duck” can be frozen for up to three months.
    • Thawing the Smoked “Duck”:
      • To thaw, transfer the frozen smoked “duck” from the freezer to the refrigerator. Allow it to thaw overnight or for at least 24 hours.
      • For a quicker thaw, you can use the defrost setting on a microwave, but be cautious to avoid uneven thawing.
    • Reheating the Smoked “Duck”:
      • Reheat the smoked “duck” by either:
        • Slicing and warming it in a pan on the stove with a bit of oil until it reaches the desired temperature.
        • Placing it in a preheated oven at a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C) for about 15-20 minutes.
    • Note: While freezing is an option, the texture may change slightly upon thawing and reheating. It’s recommended to enjoy the smoked “duck” freshly made for the best experience.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    Can I bake the seitan “duck” instead of smoking it?

    Yes, you can bake the seitan in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 45-50 minutes, basting it with the marinade every 15 minutes.

    Can I make the seitan “duck” in advance?

    Yes, you can prepare the seitan a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to smoke.

    Can I use a stovetop smoker or an outdoor grill for smoking?

    Yes, both options work well. Follow the instructions for your specific smoking apparatus.

    Can I use store-bought seitan for this recipe?

    If using store-bought seitan, you can skip the steps for preparing the seitan dough and start with the marination step.

    What sides pair well with vegan smoked “duck”?

    Consider serving it with grilled vegetables, wild rice, or a fresh salad for a balanced meal.

    Can I freeze the smoked “duck”?

    Yes, you can freeze the smoked “duck” in an airtight container for up to three months. Thaw before reheating.

    Can I adjust the thickness of the slices?

    Absolutely! Adjust the thickness of the slices to suit your preference, whether you prefer thin slices for sandwiches or thicker slices for hearty salads.

    Can I use this smoked “duck” in stir-fries?

    Yes, sliced smoked “duck” makes an excellent addition to stir-fries. Add it towards the end of cooking to preserve the smoky flavor.

    What can I substitute for vital wheat gluten?

    Unfortunately, vital wheat gluten is a crucial component for this recipe, and there isn’t a direct substitute.

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