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Virtual Vegan Potluck: Sweet Potato and Korean BBQ Bites

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’m glad you decided to start with appetizers, because I’ve whipped up something extra special for you today… my Vegan Sweet Potato and Korean BBQ Bites!

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Boy oh boy! If you haven’t tried my Korean BBQ-Style Seitan yet, you’re in for a treat. Also, where have you been and what the heck have you been doing? You’ve been missing out! This seitan is sticky and chewy, and the sauce (I do a homemade but you can totally cheat and buy a bottle at the grocery store) is a beautiful mixture of sweet, spicy and just a little bit tangy. It can be served all sorts of ways (in tacos with sriracha pineapples is a personal favorite of mine, although the pizza version is just as yummy!) and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be happy just eating it with your fingers straight out of the pan!

Vegan Sweet Potato and Korean BBQ Bites

Since today is special (it’s the potluck, yo!) I fancified the seitan a little bit, with some Alexia waffle cut sweet potato fries and chopped banana peppers.  Nothing too spicy or too sweet, just the perfect combination of both. The seitan is sticky and so flavorful, and really, what is more fun that food you eat with your fingers!?

These were inspired by something I saw on pinterest… it was very much not vegan, had nothing Korean about it, and (if you ask me) couldn’t possibly have been as good as these. Although, to be fair, at this point the only thing they have in common is the waffle fries, haha.

Before we get to the recipe, a friendly little reminder to check out all the other wonderful blogs participating in today’s potluck. You can go to Vegan Blogs United who is hosting the event, or use the buttons to go forward or backward and check out allll the blogs in our little chain. Enjoy!

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Korean BBQ Bites

Sweet Potato and Korean BBQ Bites

Adapted from non-veg recipe


  • 1 loaf homemade seitan
  • 1-2 T Korean hot pepper paste (Gochujang)
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 2-3 T soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1 t rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon hot chili oil
  • 10-12 Sweet potato waffle fries
  • 1 T hot chili oil or sesame oil
  • Banana peppers, chopped


  1. Shred or dice the seitan, and set aside. Mix the gochujang, sugar, soy sauce, oil and vinegar together in a medium bowl, and add the seitan. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes, longer if you have the time.
  2. Bake the fries per package instructions, taking them out 2-3 minutes earlier so they’re crisp but not to the point where you couldn’t bite one in half without it splintering. While they’re in the over, heat the chili (or sesame) oil over medium heat and add the seitan, reserving the sauce. Stir often enough that it doesn’t burn or stick to the pan, and after 2-3 minutes you can start to pour the extra sauce (Slowly! A little bit at a time, you might not want to use it all!) over the seitan as it cooked. This is what makes it so damn sticky and good. Total time in the pan should be at least 8-10 minutes.
  3. When the fries are done, top with the seitan and a few bits of banana pepper, and serve warm!


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  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) November 15, 2013, 10:41 pm

    These look and sound amazing! (And I actually thought the banana peppers were pickled daikon– Korean danmuji– at first before I read the ingredients list.)

  • HolisticHealthVegan November 15, 2013, 11:27 pm

    These look amazing. I had to stop myself from licking my computer screen.

  • luminousvegans November 16, 2013, 3:17 am

    Sweet, savory and spicy….what’s not to love! This looks awesome. And yeah, why haven’t I tried your Korean BBQ seitan yet??? It sounds and looks amazing. It’s the kinda thing we’d eat around here often I’m sure. Def pinning for later. Thanks!

  • Poppy November 16, 2013, 4:01 am

    How interesting, I bet they’re delicious!

  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal November 16, 2013, 6:18 am

    So awesome and does NOT look vegan by the photos! Nice work.

  • Jamie November 16, 2013, 7:12 am

    I had the pleasure of hanging out with Barb in the kitchen AND trying these a few weeks ago, and, boy-oh-boy, were they a crowd-pleaser! Such a perfect appetizer!

  • Annie November 16, 2013, 7:30 am

    Holy moly!! Awesome appetizer, Barb!

    Thank you SO MUCH for your help with this Potluck – very much appreciated.

  • Becky Striepe November 16, 2013, 8:32 am

    Those would make such a great appetizer for a games night!

  • sarah@thesweetlife November 16, 2013, 9:32 am

    Oh wow! Those look incredible and definitely worth throwing a party just to make them. Thanks for sharing. I’m loving the VVP this year!

  • Diana @ VeggieNextDoor November 16, 2013, 9:39 am

    You are so creative! What a fun way to use Frozen Waffle Fries. I’ve still never tried Korean BBQ before and am sure I’d LOVE it!

  • deerly beloved bakery November 16, 2013, 9:59 am

    These look sooo great! I am gonna make some of these for my christmas buffet! Thank you and happy potluck! X

  • Bryanna Clark Grogan November 16, 2013, 10:30 am

    Looks fabulous, Barb!

  • gigiveganville November 16, 2013, 10:43 am

    wow look at the seitan attached to that waffle fry. Quite the lovely appetizer!

  • Yinka November 16, 2013, 11:19 am

    Um…. I need these in my life… Immediately! I know what my Sunday is going to look like. Thanks so much for sharing this amazingness with us.

  • A. Cook November 16, 2013, 11:46 am

    When I scrolled down to the first picture, I actually said “Oh, wow!” out loud. This recipe rocks! I MUST try that seitan.

  • Somer November 16, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Barb, you’ve outdone yourself. So SO yummy! I want it now!

  • Sarah @ The New Loaf November 16, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Brilliant idea!

  • Kathryn November 16, 2013, 2:46 pm

    That BBQ seitan looks amazing!! Do you have a homemade seitan recipe that you like? I’ve tried making it, but it turned out a little rubbery. I’d love to have a good recipe, since I end up buying it all the time!

    • Barb November 16, 2013, 6:55 pm

      Yes ma’am! I have an amazing seitan recipe, it’s linked in the ingredients list (but wasn’t when you first looked, so no, you’re not crazy, haha)

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} November 16, 2013, 6:34 pm

    These look incredible, what a fantastic appetizer. Happy VVP!

  • Richa November 17, 2013, 12:23 am

    oh my. i need to get on this korean bbq wagon! these bites look fabulous

  • Ramona (cubsncoffee) November 17, 2013, 2:16 am

    Wow these sound amazing!!!! If only I could buy Seitan here in Ireland (seriously, sometimes I wonder if I speak English, because the usual reaction to me asking if Health Store – which is the usual place here to get veg*n foods – could order some, is: ‘What IS that?”)

  • Kirsty @ The Natural Foodie November 17, 2013, 2:23 am

    I reckon even the boy (non-vego) could get into these. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit November 17, 2013, 5:29 am

    This is exactly the kind of recipe that makes me say, “that was vegan?!” lol. My bf would flip over these. Definitely pinning!

  • Celeste November 17, 2013, 9:02 am

    What a lovely addition to the potluck! Your photos are just lovely too – I hope I’ll get that good with food photography one day. 🙂

  • Sally November 17, 2013, 11:51 am

    These look great. I think I am going to co-opt the idea of use the waffle cut sweet potatoes as a base for other things too!

  • Pavithra (Eat,live,burp) November 17, 2013, 12:55 pm

    these bites look beautiful…i love the pictures.

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook November 17, 2013, 1:45 pm

    YUM! SO many amazing flavours going on here! Happy VVP 🙂

  • Dg November 17, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Got any left? I must have one!

  • Maggie Muggins November 17, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Oh yum those look good! Love how perfectly glazed that seitan is.

  • Cadry November 17, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Wow, do these look good! I can almost taste their sticky-sweet deliciousness!

  • Teresa November 17, 2013, 7:56 pm

    These look so delicious and fun! I love that you make your own seitan. 🙂

  • Veronica @ Veggie V November 18, 2013, 9:55 am

    I’m so impressed by everyone’s creativity!

  • Jessica November 18, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Since going vegan I have accepted that I would never eat Korean BBQ again….until right now!

  • Robyn B | Modern Day Missus November 19, 2013, 12:07 am

    Yummm…. they look so moorish!

  • YummyRibs official November 19, 2013, 9:24 am

    Thank you for posting this… you introduced me to Korean food today too, and for that I’m grateful. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Laura November 19, 2013, 11:03 am

    I love Korean BBQ – the flavors are amazing!

  • Alina November 21, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Hey girl, just wanted to let you know that I included your recipe in the list of my favorites from this VVP! The post is here, if you want to see it: http://wp.me/p3LYmB-b5

    Thank you for your recipe!
    -Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

    • Barb November 21, 2013, 4:07 pm

      Awesome, thanks!!

  • Alex @ Delicious Knowledge November 22, 2013, 11:17 am

    This looks awesome! I have never had korean BBQ before (meat or vegan version) but totally want to try it now. Your seitan looks delicious, love it paired ontop of the waffle fries!

  • Susmitha - Veganosaurus November 28, 2013, 11:08 am

    Nice! Those nummy flavours and crunchy chips…mmmmm.

  • Jennifer December 4, 2013, 5:00 pm

    Want. NOW.

  • Heather December 17, 2013, 7:35 am

    So much fun, that seitan looks pretty amazing!

  • Crista December 22, 2013, 8:30 am

    i LOVE this recipe! i pinned for future making…

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