Khua Seen (Protein Stir Fry)

10 minutes
to prep

20 minutes
to cook

2–4 servings

About this Recipe

Khua seen is a protein stir fry made with tomatoes and broccoli. The flavors of the tomatoes mixed with the sauce, onions, and garlic make this a super yummy comfort dish. Like most Lao dishes, this is best served with sticky rice or steamed rice.

Recipe by: Sharon Daraphonhdeth
Photos by: Kylie Hope


  • Half of a head of broccoli, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced in half moons
  • 5–6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 9–11 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 can or package of seitan or vegan “beef,” sliced in thin pieces
  • 1–2 green onions, sliced in 1-inch chunks
  • 2–4 tablespoons vegan oyster sauce
  • 2–3 teaspoons soy sauce or soup seasoning sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1–2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • Dash of black pepper 
  • Chili flakes (optional)
Khua Seen

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Heat the oil in a medium–large pan on medium heat.

Step 2

Once hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until slightly browned, about 4-6 minutes.

Step 3

Add seitan or vegan “beef” to the pan and mix thoroughly until protein is browned.

Step 4

Add tomatoes to the pan. Cook until tomatoes are no longer whole and juices are spilling out. Add a splash of water to create a sauce and to help unstick the veggies and protein.

Step 5

Add vegan oyster sauce and soy sauce and mix. Cook for another 3–5 minutes. Add more water if you would like it to be more saucy.

Step 6

Add broccoli to the pan and mix. Cook until broccoli is green and slightly soft (about 4–6 minutes).

Step 7

Season with black pepper and chili flakes. Serve with rice.