Mongolian Seitan The Vegan Way

With Snow Peas & Napa Cabbage

This Mongolian Seitan is a vegan version of my favorites turn out, made by tossing crispy pan-fried seitan in a sweet and slightly spicy Asian-inspired sauce. This Vegan Mongolian Seitan is better than takeout, and just about as easy!

The cornstarch gives seitan body and creates caramelized bits that are always a crowd favorite. The ginger is purposely added late to the skillet to preserve its bright flavor.

Stir-Fry Mongolian Seitan

Nicole Kearsley
A perfect vegan meat substitute made by rinsing the wheat dough to remove the starch. This leaves a dense mass of pure gluten protein that can be deliciously seasoned and cooked!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 18 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Vegan
Servings 4 servings
Calories 542 kcal


Tamari Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Tamari Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown or Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water More if Necessary
  • 4 teaspoons Cornstarch

Mongolian Seitan

  • 1 pound Seitan Strips
  • 4 teaspoons Tamari Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ice Water Cube ice

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Ginger Fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chili Peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups Snow Peas Cut into strips
  • 3 slices Scallions
  • 1/2 pound Napa Cabbage


  • 1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice Or any grain of choice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sesame Seeds As sprinkles


  • Put the rice in a medium saucepan. Cook according to package directions. Lower the heat so it bubbles gently but steadily; cover and cook, undisturbed, until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes (check only toward the end of cooking time). The rice should be studded with craters, or steam holes when it is ready. Remove the pan from the heat and keep it covered.
  • Meanwhile, place the 4 teaspoons of tamari soy sauce and 1/4 cup of ice water in a bowl and stir to combine. Put the 1 pound seitan strips in the bowl and marinate for 10 minutes; set aside. No need to refrigerate.
  • Rinse and dry the snow peas, napa cabbage, and scallions. Cut the peas into strips; core and chop the napa cabbage. Trim and chop the scallions, keeping the whites and greens separate. Trim, peel, and mince the ginger and 3 garlic cloves.
  • In a small bowl, put the 1/4 cup of tamari soy sauce along with the 1/4 cup of brown or coconut sugar and 4 teaspoons of cornstarch, then add 1/2 cup of water and stir to combine and whisk; set aside.
  • Drain the seitan strips and reserve the liquid. Toss the marinated seitan strips to 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Put 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add and stirfry the seitan, adjusting the heat to prevent burning, until the bottoms are crisp, stirring occasionally until the seitan is browned on all sides, 5 minutes. Remove and keep warm
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan. When it’s hot, add and stirfry the garlic cloves, minced ginger and chili peppers, and cook until they’re fragrant, about a minute. Add snow peas, stirfry for 1-2 minutes; then add scallions and napa cabbage, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tamari soy sauce mixture, ginger, and peas and toss to coat in the sauce. Continue cooking until bubbling and thickened. Return the seitan to the pan and toss gently to coat with the sauce.
  • Serve the stir-fry atop the rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 


KEEP THE MONGOLIAN TRADITION: Feel free to use the extra chile peppers at your discretion, you could add them all!
*ON SEITAN: The trick is to make seitan tender and juicy! Make sure to marinate it in ice water and tamari for 10 minutes.
**BASMATI RICE: A 1/4-cup serving of uncooked basmati rice contains approximately 150 calories, with about 15 calories — or 10 percent of the total caloric content — contributed by 1.5 grams of fat. None of this amount is saturated fat or trans fat, and basmati rice does not contain any cholesterol.
***HOMEMADE SEITAN: You can make the seitan yourself. Here’s the link for the homemade seitan.
Keyword plant based, vegan
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  1. 4 stars
    Tasty, but could use lots more chili pepper. P. S. I replaced snow peas with edamame, as my husband is allergic to peas, and it worked fine

  2. 5 stars
    This was fast and tasty and easily adaptable for when you have some assorted produce in the house that needs to get used up.

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