Sweet and Sour Stir Fry with Upton’s Chick Seitan

Sweet and Sour Seitan - Cooking

By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Development

In a previous blog post, I shared a BBQ Chickpea Plate I made for my parents while visiting them in the St. Louis area. Well, now I want to share with you a recipe my mom came up with–using some Upton’s Naturals Chick Seitan I bought for her while I was in town.

My parents aren’t vegan, but they are two of my favorite Vegan Outreach supporters, my mom is an awesome volunteer, and they often have Meatless Monday meals and try vegan dishes that I buy or make when I visit. And, whether they meant to or not, they raised two kids who grew up to become veg!

I messaged my mom to see if she knew how to use the seitan I left for her, and she responded by telling me she looked up recipes online and was planning to make a stir fry. Later that day, she sent me a photo of the food, and it looked so good!

Sweet And Sour Seitan

I asked my mom if I could share the recipe, and she obliged. I like it because (besides being really tasty looking!) it is pretty easy to make and can be customized to your liking with a different grain, veggies, or sauce. Let’s cook!


Stir Fry:

  • Brown rice
  • 1 package seitan
  • 1/2 bag shredded carrots
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped

Sauce (we used the Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry Sauce III recipe, found here, though I don’t agree with the website author’s recommendation to use it with chicken, pork, beef or shrimp):

  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c white vinegar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch


  • Cook the rice according to directions on the bag.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or frying pan and add seitan. Cook for a few minutes, flipping occasionally to avoid sticking. When nearly browned on each side, add onions and cook until almost translucent. Add veggies and heat through.
  • While veggies are cooking, mix all sauce ingredients in separate bowl, and whisk with fork. Heat in small pot until it thickens a bit.
  • When veggies are heated thoroughly, add pineapple chunks and sauce, let heat a bit, and serve over rice.
  • Enjoy! My mom did, and here is the “after” photo she sent to prove it:

Sweet And Sour Seitan - After

My mom described this dish as “yummy-licious.” How would you describe it? Let us know in the comments if you make it, and be sure to tell us if you customized it too!


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