Seitan Gyros with Tzatsiki

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Seitan Gyros with Tzatsiki

For all those who don’t want to kiss anyone today, I have prepared a real feel-good and nostalgic dish today – gyros. Juicy seitan gyros with tasty rice, a fresh salad and spicy tsatsiki, such a gyros is delicious. As you probably know, in Greek restaurants it is difficult or impossible to find something vegan. You find a lot of meat, a lot of cheese or a lot of yoghurt in all dishes. Even salads are usually dressed with cream or yoghurt dressing. Nevertheless, Georg and I love Greek food. Therefore we made this delicious seitan gyros at home and eat lots of homemade vegan tzatsiki with it. And since we both eat it, the garlic breath doesn’t bother us.

Vegan gyros, seitan instead of meat

The things you can do with Seitan are really mindblowing. But the product in its raw form reminds me more of a bread baking mixture than a high-quality meat substitute. But one must honestly say with just a few spices and the right sauce seitan comes quite close to the perfect meat-alternative. Perfect for people who like the taste of meat, but for ethical reasons do without. It is such a fine thing and especially for new vegans a great solution to not succumb to the craving for meat.

Seitan gyros with tzatsiki

A wonderful gyros lives from the spices and these are abundant in our recipe. The seitan is marinated in a spicy marinade of paprika powder, smoked paprika, chilli powder, oregano, cumin, marjoram and parsley. Afterwards it gets fried with some olive oil and onion.

Admittedly, for this fast food classic you will need a little preparation time. That’s because everything is homemade, from seitan to tzatsiki. Of course, if time is short, you can also fall back on ready-made products. Nowadays you can find some ready-made vegan gyros or doner kebab products at the supermarked.

In this recipe I combine the gyros with wild rice, a crispy salad and lots of tzatziki to a delicious gyros plate. But you can also serve it with fries or flat bread as a side dish. Or turn the gyros into a juicy wrap or enjoy it with salad and delicious sauces in a flat bread. The vegan seitan gyros is also ideal to take away for lunch at the office or on the road. But only combine it with tzatziki if you don’t have important meetings afterwards 😉 .

Seitan gyros with tzatsiki

Seitan Gyros with Tzatziki

A delicious gyros plate with juicy vegan gyros made of seitan, creamy tzatziki, rice and crunchy salad.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Garlic, Lettuce, Onions, Rice, Seitan, Yoghurt
Schwierigkeitsgrad: Difficult
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Time to marinate: 2 hours
Servings: 4 Persons
Calories: 752kcal


For the Gyros:


    • 1 cup seitan-flour vital wheat gluten flour
    • 2 tsp paprika powder
    • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tsp sesame oil


    • 1 onion
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • ½ tsp cumin
    • ½ tsp Marjoram
    • 1 tsp parsley
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • ½ tsp ground pepper
    • ¼ tsp salt

    For the Tzatziki:

    • 500 ml vegan yoghurt
    • ½ cucumber
    • ½ bunch fresh mint
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • salt and pepper

    For the Sides:

    • 1 cup brown rice
    • ½ cucumber
    • 100 g cherry tomatoes
    • ¼ lettuce
    • ½ red onion


    For the Gyros:

    • Mix seitan flour with paprika powder and chili powder. Mix the water with the soy sauce and the sesame oil. With your hands knead 2/3 of the liquid into the seitan powder. The result should be a firm dough without dry spots. Knead in more liquid if needed.
    • Shape the dough into flat cakes and steam them for about 45 minutes in a steamer hood.
    • Then let it cool down and cut it into thin, long strips. For the marinade, cut the onion into strips and finely chop the garlic. Then mix with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Place the seitan strips in the marinade and leave to soak in the marinade for at least 2 hours.
    • Fry the gyros with the onion in a hot pan with some oil until crisp.

    For the Tzatziki:

    • Cut the cucumber lengthwise and scrape out the soft core. Then grate the cucumber finely. Chop the mint finely and press the garlic clove. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and leave to stand in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

    For the Sides:

    • Cut all ingredients for the salad into bite-sized pieces and mix together.
    • Serve gyros with rice, salad and tzatsiki.


    Calories: 752kcal (38%) | Carbohydrates: 86g (29%) | Protein: 18g (36%) | Fat: 39g (60%) | Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) | Sodium: 1449mg (63%) | Potassium: 455mg (13%) | Fiber: 5g (21%) | Sugar: 13g (14%) | Vitamin A: 1142IU (23%) | Vitamin C: 15mg (18%) | Calcium: 62mg (6%) | Iron: 3mg (17%)

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