Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs

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Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs

Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs

In Episode 10 Emma admitted her love of Turkey Dinosaurs when she was a child. Here she shows you how to make them at home (but without the meat!)

A childhood favourite made vegan

Making seitan from scratch isn’t easy. But, it’s worth it to be able to make one of my favourite meals as a child. Turkey dinosaurs, served with oven chips, peas and sweetcorn was a regular feature on the menu of my childhood. Homemade seitan is perfect to make the dinosaurs with as it’s got a meaty texture, can be flavoured with whatever herbs or spices you like, and can easily be cut into dinosaur shapes before covering in breadcrumbs and reheating.

The recipe

Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs

These Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs are made from seitan. It's an involved process but well worth it I promise!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 people


For the seitan

  • 200 grams vital wheat gluten
  • 50 grams chickpea flour also known as gram flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp black pepper
  • 350 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp dried mixed herbs

For the batter and breadcrumbs

  • 75 g chickpea flour
  • 75 ml water
  • 200 g natural breadcrumbs


  • Add all of the dried ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to ensure they are well combined.
  • Stir together the veg stock and olive oil in a jug before pouring into the dried ingredients, mixing well as you add the liquid.
  • Once the liquid has been added you should have a stretchy, sticky dough ball. Knead the dough ball on a lightly floured surface to bring it together well.
  • Cut the dough into 4 pieces and roll out until it's about 1cm thick. The shape doesn't matter too much as you will cut out the dinosaurs later.
  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil and place the dough into the steaming basket (you may need to do this in batches so that they aren't overlapping). Cover with a lid and steam for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes they should have puffed up slightly and be firm to the touch. Leave them to cool while you get the ingredients ready to make the batter.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour and water until you have a smooth batter and place to one side.
  • Once the seitan has cooled, use dinosaur cutters to cut out dinosaur shapes.
  • Set up your work station so that from left to right you have your seitan dinosaurs, the bowl of batter, a plate of breadcrumbs and a baking tray.
  • Take your first seitan dinosaur and dip it in the batter. You only need a very thin coating.
  • Next, dip it in the breadcrumbs. Make sure it is completely covered and place on to the baking tray.
  • Repeat with the remaining dinosaurs.
  • Place the dinosaurs in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the seitan is piping hot.
  • Serve with chips and veggies.
Keyword seitan, turkey

Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs

About the author

This recipe was created by Emma.

Emma is a vegan food blogger who has been sharing her recipes with the world for the last 10 years.

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