Ginger Beef (DIY Chinese Takeout)

This recipe tastes exactly how I remember ginger-fried beef tasting at my favourite Chinese restaurant. The sky is the limit with sauces here though- you can make all sorts of tasty chinese-inspired dishes like orange chicken, general tso’s etc.

Serves: 1 to 2 adults

1/2 cup vital wheat gluten (125mL)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (30mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1mL)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1mL)
1/2 tsp ground ginger (2mL)
3 tbsp water (45mL)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (15mL)
2 tbsp ketchup (30mL)
1 tbsp oil (15mL)
1/3 cup of your favourite sauce- I used a vegan Hoisin sauce (75mL)
2-3 tbsp oil for frying (30-45mL)

Whisk together vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, ground ginger. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together water, apple cider vinegar, ketchup and oil. Drizzle the wet mixture into the dry and use your hands to form crumbles (see video for demo). Heat a frying pan on medium-high heat and add the oil. Allow the oil to heat for about 30 seconds, then add the seitan crumbles. Fry for 6 to 8 minutes until crispy and golden on all sides.

Add your sauce and fry another 1 to 2 minutes, ensuring all the seitan is coated. Serve with rice or noodles.



  1. April 5, 2018 / 12:46 am

    I made this tonight and it is oh so yum! How/where can I post a pic?

    • oliviabiermann
      April 14, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      Do you have instagram? Usually people will post a pic there and tag me @itslivb 🙂

  2. SandyinAnaheim
    April 5, 2018 / 2:13 am

    This looks like a lovely recipe, I’d like to try it tonight, but I’m confused by your measurements, they can’t all be milliliters can they? Shouldn’t some of this be in grams? Thank you.

    • May 22, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Measurements were definitely off and I had to adjust ratios along the way to get the right consistency but it was otherwise delish

    • Amy
      June 19, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      I think it’s the conversion of cups which is volume based rather than weight. There are tons of converters online, if you need to convert it over to weight! Good luck!

  3. Hannah
    May 27, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    I just made this but used a homemade tereyaki sauce and it was so so good! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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