Bold and Flavorful Japanese Seitan and Pumpkin Stew

Bold and Flavorful Japanese Seitan and Pumpkin Stew
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Seitan, Pumpkin, onions, crockpot

This recipe combines the hearty, meaty texture of seitan with the sweet, nutty flavor of pumpkin. Cooked in a crockpot, it allows the bold flavors to meld beautifully, creating a comforting and satisfying dish perfect for any occasion.


  • 1 lb seitan, cubed
  • 1 small pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Cube the seitan and pumpkin. Thinly slice the onions. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger, sautéing until fragrant and the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Assemble in the Crockpot: Transfer the sautéed aromatics to the crockpot. Add the cubed seitan and pumpkin.
  4. Add the Liquids: Pour in the vegetable broth, soy sauce, mirin, and sake. Stir in the miso paste until well combined.
  5. Cook: Set the crockpot to low and cook for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until the pumpkin is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  6. Season and Garnish: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, garnished with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

This Japanese-inspired seitan and pumpkin stew is a testament to bold, flavorful cooking. The slow-cooked method allows the ingredients to absorb the savory broth, resulting in a dish that's both comforting and packed with umami. Enjoy this hearty stew with a bowl of steamed rice or crusty bread for a complete meal.

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