If you have never had or heard of Mongolian beef it is usually just flank steak prepared in a sweet, savory brown sauce. Seitan makes the perfect replacement for this dish. While the process of seitan can seem overwhelming it is actually very easy to make. It makes a great replacement for meat and can be frozen. If this is your first time making it I would highly suggest you watch the recipe video.
This seitan recipe was inspired by one I tried from another amazing vegan blogger Veggie Rose. I tried her recipe during the holidays and it was delicious. The main ingredient in seitan is vital wheat gluten. It is not very expensive and it is basically just the protein that is in wheat. It gives it the stretchy quality and it works great as a meat replacement.
The whole meal takes about 45 minutes to make. It is very easy to do and doesn’t require all too many ingredients. Your non-vegan friends will love it and so will you!
1 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup mashed chickpeas
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp tomato sauce or paste
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp liquid smoke or smokey seasoning salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1-2 tbsp sesame oil for pan frying
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp chili paste (optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
2 tbsp cornstarch
Scallions and sesame seeds for topping
- In a bowl add soy sauce, tomato sauce and mashed chickpeas. Mix together.
- Then add the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast and all other seasonings. Mix together.
- Slowly add the water in about 3-4 tbsp at a time. Mix together and you will see the dough beginning to come together. Then knead with your hands for 1 minute to help finally bring it all together.
- Cut the dough in half and roll out into two thin cutlets.
- Steam them for about 25 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
- While they are steaming prepare your sauce by adding all ingredients into a bowl and mixing.
- Once the seitan is done steaming let it sit for a few minutes to cool. Then cut into about 1/2 inch thick pieces. I like to cut mine even thinner as I find it becomes a little bit crispier.
- Coat the cut seitan in the cornstarch.
- In a pan add 1-2 tbsp of sesame oil. Allow it to get warm on a medium low heat. Once it has warmed up add in the seitan.
- Cook for the seitan for about 5-7 minutes before adding the sauce in. It will get a little crispy.
- Then add the sauce in and cook on a low heat for 15-20 minutes. The sauce will thicken and the seitan will get a little caramelized with some crispy edges.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve with rice or your favorite vegetable.
Will make 4-5 servings.
*if you do not want to make all your seitan. you can freeze it before steaming it and save it for a later date.
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