Seitan's toothsome texture and taste make it a perfect vegetarian stir-fry ingredient that even nonvegetarians will love. Make it a meal: Serve over rice noodles to soak up the rich sauce and mix up some lightly sweetened iced green tea to drink.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006


Recipe Summary

35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk sherry (or rice wine), water, brown sugar, lime juice, hoisin, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add seitan; cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, peanuts and ginger. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots and bell peppers, and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.

  • Whisk the sauce and add to the pan; stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the sauce is thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in cilantro, if using.


Ingredient Notes: The “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets can be surprisingly high in sodium. We prefer dry sherry, sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Shao hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine available in most Asian specialty markets and some larger supermarkets' Asian sections.

Seitan is processed wheat gluten that is high in protein and has a meaty texture. It can be found in health-food stores or large supermarkets near the tofu. The actual weight of the seitan in a package varies depending on whether water weight is included. Look for the “drained weight” on the label. We used two types of White Wave seitan: one has a 1-pound 2-ounce water-packed package containing “8 ounces drained” seitan and one comes in a package labeled “8 ounces” that actually contains 8 ounces of seitan.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 20g; carbohydrates 31.5g; dietary fiber 12.1g; sugars 12.4g; fat 12.1g; saturated fat 1.3g; cholesterol 0.2mg; vitamin a iu 12057.9IU; vitamin c 81.9mg; folate 50.9mcg; calcium 40.5mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 37.3mg; potassium 433.5mg; sodium 705.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 1 stars
It was meant to be simple.. I am on a vegan diet and I was searching for a simple stir fry - for me simply is 15 minutes common ingredients no fuss. I don't need to cook it to know it's not for me:/ Pros: None Cons: Not simple Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love this recipe. Very easy and the sauce is great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is great stuff! I love seitan -- its texture is meaty enough that I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by eating vegetarian. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
For those who complain about gluten: What about those of us who are trying to get non-soy protein into our teenage vegan daughters? You can seek out a gluten-free recipe but we appreciate having access to recipes using seitan. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Quantities are all wrong Thanks for posting a recipe with all the wrong quantities... ended tasting like red wine and I think my husband is drunk at this point (he doesn't drink much). I waisted my wine time and date night. Much appreciated Pros: My husband lost all faith in my cooking so he vows from now on to cook every night Read More
Rating: 5 stars
YUM! Delicious healthy quick to make. Had pretty much all the ingredients on hand. I put the stirfry over some quinoa for added healthiness. Yum! Highly recommend this recipe - I will definitely be making it again. Pros: Delicious healthy quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
one of the best dishes i have ever tasted. The seitan's texture with the sherry's sweetness made this a delicious dish. I just ate a full plate and already want more. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We couldn't find seitan so we substituted with tofu. It was still pretty good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
GREAT! Just what we need is MORE Gluten in our meals!!!! Why do recipe writers always do this?? Make a tasty terrific vegetable dish then ruin it with WHEAT products???? When are you going to get it that less is more when it comes to gluten?! I will try it but will see if I can substitute something else for the seitan! Read More