Seitan Donburi with Unagi Sauce

Japanese Food Recipe, Quick & Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Seitan Donburi with Unagi Sauce

Seitan Donburi with Unagi Sauce, easy stir fry, sample recipe from Robin Robertson's excellent cookbook, Quick Fix Vegan.

This recipe was inspired by two of Robin's favorite Japanese restaurant dishes, Unagi Sushi & Donburi. When we made it, our tasters were wild about it, and couldn't stop eating it! It is high in sodium, so we added a reduced sodium option.

Seitan Donburi Unagi featured on SV Blog, one of 10 High Protein Vegan Recipes!

Total Prep & Cook Time: 20 Min

Yield: 4 Servings

Nutrition Data, 257g Serving: 390 cal, 47g carb, 10g fat, 762mg sodium (see recipe ingredients for reduced sodium option), 5g fiber, 25g protein; low Cholesterol; good source Vit K, B6, B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin. Estimated glycemic load 22


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Reduced sodium option: 1 Tbsp soy sauce + 3 Tbsp unsalted vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup sake or mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar or sugar
  • 1 Tbsp neutral vegetable oil (we used high oleic sunflower oil)
  • 12 oz seitan, cut into 1/4 inch strips
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  • 3 - 4 scallions, minced
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (toast on stovetop over low heat, stirring often)


  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sake, and agave, stirring to blend. Set aside
  • Heat the oil in a large sillet over medium-high heat
  • Add the seitan and cook, stirring until browned, about 7 minutes
  • Add the scallions and cook until softened, 1 minute longer
  • Add the reserved sauce and continue to cook, stirring, until the seitan is well coated, 5 minutes
  • To serve, spoon the rice into individual bowls, top with the seitan and sauce, and garnish with the sesame seeds

Recipe Tips:

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We reduced the sodium by using 1 Tbsp soy sauce and 3 Tbsp unsalted vegetable broth.

We also reduced the acidity for our tender tummies. We used 1 Tbsp lime juice, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (rice vinegar would be better, but we didn't have any) and 3 Tbsp broth in place of the mirin or sake. Then we only needed 1 Tbsp agave syrup.

Robin serves Seitan Donburi with cooked leafy greens such as stir-fried baby bok choy, and re-heated rice for a complete, quick and easy meal. We used brown rice, and thought this recipe would also be excellent over oriental noodles.

Since this recipe is so tasty, and storebought seitan isn't so cheap, try making your own homemade seitan. It's easy!

For lower carbs and glycemic index, use 1/2 the rice per serving. Actually, we thought this recipe could stretch to 6 servings, with a hefty side of mixed veggies.

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