South Korean BBQ inspired seitan

I love to watch South Korean cooking shows such as Chef and My Fridge. Whilst it isn’t a plant-based cooking show, the hosts and chefs personalities are very entertaining. The chefs are challenged to make a dish in 15 minutes with ingredients from a random celebrities fridge. I love watching the chefs get creative and make some delicious looking dishes. The dishes I have seen have inspired me to create a plant-based South Korean meal. With that being said this recipe was inspired not only by the show but my admiration for the flavours in South Korean cuisine. .

Serves 2-3.  Cook time:15minutes.


  • 600g Seitan.
  • 3 cloves of garlic.
  • 1/2 thumb size of ginger.
  • 1 yellow/white onion.
  • 4-5 Tbs soy sauce.
  • 1-2 Tbs water.
  • 2-3 Tbs of bbq sauce of choice.
  • 1 Tbs white rice vinegar.
  • 2 Tbs brown/white sugar.
  • 1 tsp Korean chilli flakes.
  • 500g Broccoli.
  • 1 Tbs sesame seeds.
  • Salt (to taste).


1. First, make the marinade by grating the ginger and garlic into a small bowl/cup. Then, add the soy sauce, white rice vinegar,  bbq sauce, sugar and chilli flakes. Give the ingredients a good stir.


2. Next, pour the marinade over the seitan (if you can do this step the night before).

3. Then, cut the onions and peppers into strips.

4. Next, place the pan onto a medium/high heat and add a splash of oil. Once the oil is heated, fry the onions and peppers until the onions are translucent. Put the cooked vegetables into a bowl and set them aside.


5. Next, place water into a pot with a pinch of salt, bring the water to a simmer and let the broccoli cook for 5 minutes. Once it is done, drain the water, add the sesame seeds and a sprinkle of salt.

6. Slice the seitan into strips. Then, place the stove on medium heat with a tablespoon of oil. Then, begin to fry the seitan, make sure you stir it regularly to avoid too much caramelisation.

Note: if you’d like it to be more caramelised sprinkle a little brown sugar onto the seitan then, place it on a higher heat until the seitan is caramelised to your preference.


7. Finally, add the onions and peppers back into the pan to combine and reheat them. Serve on a bed of rice or sides of choice. Enjoy!



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