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Vegan Mongolian Beef (Made With Seitan)

Vegan Mongolian Beef made from chickpeas and seitan, pan-fried until crispy and then covered in a delicious sticky sauce - paired with rice and broccoli it's the perfect vegan dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Diet Vegan
Keyword chickpeas, seitan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings


For the seitan

  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked ~175g
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp dark balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • liquid smoke a few drops
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • ¾ cup seitan powder (vital wheat gluten) ~110g

For the sauce

  • cup soy sauce or tamari
  • cup maple syrup or another liquid sweetener
  • cup water
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small knob ginger


To make the seitan

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Place all the ingredients except the seitan powder in a food processor and blend until smooth. You should get a slightly runny mixture, a little bit like runny nut butter.
  • Add salt to taste. You want the raw seitan to be quite salty as it tends to get less salty once cooked.
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the seitan powder. Combine using a wooden spoon. Once a dough starts to form, knead with your hands for ~5 minutes until a stretchy dough forms. Add more water if the dough is to crumbly/dry. You should be able to pull it apart (with some effort).
  • Press the seitan into a flat disc. The dough might be a bit hard to work with but aim for 2-3 cm. Place in a oven-safe dish and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, flipping after 30.

To make the sauce

  • Mince the garlic and ginger.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small mixing bowl.

To serve

  • Cut the seitan into thin strips and add to a pan. Fry on high heat for 5 minutes until crispy on the outside.
  • Deglaze the pan with the sauce and reduce the heat. Let it simmer for a few more minutes so the sauce thickenes and the seitan absorbs all the delicious flavors.
  • Serve with broccoli and rice.