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Vegan Korean BBQ Seitan With Sesame Rice


This recipe first appeared on The Compassion Kitchen.

Before going vegan I was far more of a fussy eater than I realised and anything with chilli was a definite no-no. Four years later, my taste buds have changed so much that I’m willing to try everything, as long as it’s vegan.

It turns out that I like almost all of it, especially things that would have made me wince just to think about before, like Korean pepper paste and spicy fermented cabbage.

This recipe came about from me experimenting after watching lots of Mommy Tang YouTube videos. I was inspired by the authentic ingredients she uses and her simple cooking techniques, which I have mixed together here.

My favorite thing about it is the balance of flavors, as it makes it so exciting to eat. Salty, umami soy sauce, tangy mirin vinegar, hot gochujang paste and something sweet to round it all out and hit every note on the flavour palette.

It’s really simple to prepare the seitan marinade ahead of time and if you use pre-cooked rice, this is a very fast weeknight dinner that is especially comforting to warm you up in the cold winter weather.

Gochujang was something I thought would be hard to find but is actually widely available in supermarkets and health shops. I got a large tub for about £2 in the world foods section at Morrisons.

The rice is a perfect filling accompaniment to the spicy seitan but is much more than a boring side dish with freshly chopped spring onion and sesame seeds.

I garnished with freshly grated radish for colour and a good drizzle of sriracha mayo for an extra spicy kick. I highly recommend serving this dish with kimchi – although unfortunately, I didn’t have any when I photographed this.

My favorite vegan brand is Kim Kong Kimchi, made in London. If you’re in the US, Mommy Tang highly recommends Mother In Law’s. If you can’t get hold of either of those just make sure to look for one made without fish sauce.

Vegan Korean BBQ Seitan With Sesame Rice


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
  • 1 block firm seitan (200 g)
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 100 g baby chestnut mushrooms, halved
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 100 ml water
  • 70 g white rice, dry
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 spring onions, thinly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • sriracha mayo (optional)
  • to taste fresh grated radish


1. Thinly slice the seitan with a serrated knife.
2. Add the sauce ingredients to a large mixing bowl followed by the seitan slices. Stir everything together until the seitan is well coated.
3. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge overnight to marinate. If you don’t have time for this then give it at least 30 minutes for the flavours to infuse before cooking.
4. Rinse the dry rice in a sieve before transferring to a cool saucepan and covering with 200ml water. Heat to medium and allow to simmer for 35-40 minutes until rice is cooked and fluffy.
5. Heat either a wok or large frying pan to high before adding the seitan mixture including all the marinade. Simmer for 10-15 minutes while stirring regularly until the sauce reaches a thick syrupy texture and the seitan and vegetables have softened nicely.
6. While the seitan cooks you can prepare the rice. Add the sesame oil (1 tbsp), soy sauce (2 tbsp), chopped spring onions and sesame seeds (2 tbsp) to the saucepan, stir together and saute on medium for 5-8 minutes.
7. Once cooked, serve the rice into bowls followed by the seitan. Top with fresh grated radish, sriracha mayonnaise and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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Anna Burgoine

Anna Burgoine

Anna is a recipe developer and food writer from England. As a dedicated ethical vegan, Anna shares easy plant-based comfort food on her blog The Compassion Kitchen. Follow Anna on Instagram @thecompassionkitchen and Pinterest @thecompassionkitchen.
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