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Vegan Gado-Gado with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

30 min


Gado-gado is a dish that originates from Indonesia, consisting of lightly boiled or steamed veggies, served together with a peanut sauce. Considering my love for peanut butter, and the fact that Robin is part Indonesian, it may come as no surprise that this meal is on weekly rotation in our home. Robin's addition of sun-dried tomatoes to this is not something traditionally used, but it's incredibly divine!



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  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    medium onions, diced
  • 4
    cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (336 g)
    mock "chicken" pieces, torn into shreds
  • 4 cups (400 g)
    green beans, ends trimmed, cut in half
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    boiling water
  • 1 cup (200 g)
    uncooked white rice
  • 2
    bell peppers, chopped
  • ⅓ cup (50 g)
    sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, chopped
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    sambal oelek (or more if you like the heat)

Peanut sauce

  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
  • 1
    clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • ½
    lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp (4 g)
    brown sugar, lightly packed


  1. To a large pan on high heat add the oil, onion, and garlic, sautéing for 5 minutes. Add a small splash of water as needed to deglaze the pan.
  2. Add the mock chicken pieces. Continue to cook until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Then transfer to a bowl.
  3. Returning the same pan to the heat, add the green beans and boiling water. Cover with a lid and cook at a gentle simmer for 7 minutes. The steam will cook the beans, even if they are not completely submerged.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the package instructions.
  5. Add all the ingredients for the peanut sauce to a small food processor and blend until smooth*.
  6. Returning to the pan with the green beans, add the bell pepper, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes. It's okay if about 1 - 2 Tbsp of water remains at the end but if there is any excess beyond that, drain it.
  7. Add the onion and mock chicken mixture back into the pan, along with the sun-dried tomatoes, soy sauce, and sambal. Cook until heated through.
  8. Serve with rice, top with the peanut sauce, and enjoy!


  • * Alternatively, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, with the garlic crushed in.


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Grains & Starches 23%

uncooked white rice

Proteins 19%

mock "chicken" pieces

peanut butter

Fruits & Veggies 58%

medium onion

clove garlic

green beans

bell pepper

sun-dried tomatoes in oil

clove garlic


No significant sources of calcium

vegetable oil

sun-dried tomatoes in oil

peanut butter

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Wesley Lantz - Jan. 17, 2023, 4:57 a.m.

This is another wonderful surprise recipe for me! I picked this one on a whim, simply because I was looking for something different, and needless to say, I've found another regular rotation! I didn't realize how flavorful simple ingredients could be. I did end up substituting tofu for the mock chicken, browning it in a skillet on its own before cooking anything else, and it turned out great! I sent a photo to my fiancée and she made me promise to add it to our rotation once we're married, so I think this is going to work out perfect!

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2023, 12:59 a.m.

Hey Wesley, awe so happy to hear! And a huge congratulations on your soon to be marriage 😃

Michelle - Jan. 4, 2023, 11:55 p.m.

Can you substitute the peanut for almond butter? And instead of mock meat can I substitute that with potatoes or maybe eggplant?

PUL Team - Jan. 5, 2023, 11:32 a.m.

Hey Michelle, great Q. You can definitely swap the mock meat for potatoes or eggplant. Traditional gado gado is made using peanuts, but you could definitely try almond butter. I can't say with confidence what the combo of ingredients would taste like without trying it myself, but I imagine it could work :P

Niels - Dec. 29, 2022, 1:43 p.m.

This was so delicious and will soon be one of your favorite dishes! The dried tomatoes / peanut combination is so odd, yet so great.

When making the peanut sauce it only became really thick almost instantly when turning on the food processor. It basicly became ready to use Dutch Saté sauce which only needs water or (plant based) milk to make it liquid. It tasted great however. I've used a 100% peanut butter so maybe that's the issue...?

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 4:39 p.m.

Hey Niels, thanks for taking the time to share! So glad you enjoyed it! And sorry, I'm not understanding the issue. Is it that the sauce came out thicker than you expected? We used 100% peanut butter as well, but if the sauce doesn't seem thin enough, indeed you can just add a bit more water or plant milk, that always does the trick 🙂

Robin - Dec. 27, 2022, 1:18 p.m.

I forgot my own recipe, and making it with the cook-alone feature up on the app (soon to be released) was such a breeze! Props to the recipe dev team!

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2022, 3:04 a.m.

So excited to share the PUL app soon 🤞😎

Martunia - Dec. 14, 2022, 4:05 p.m.

I made this recipe three times now and every time it gets tastier. It's also incredibly filling and keeps me satiated for a long time. This is probably my favorite recipe with green beans 😋

PUL Team - Dec. 14, 2022, 4:37 p.m.

Oh such a lovely compliment, Martunia! So happy it's being enjoyed 😊

Clara - Oct. 16, 2022, 6:36 p.m.

soooooo yum!

Jude - Oct. 9, 2022, 12:43 p.m.

This is my favourite recipe of all time! And everyone that I have ever made it loves it too! Absolutely delicious 🤤 5/5!

PUL Team - Oct. 9, 2022, 10:53 p.m.

Aw thanks, Jude, it means so much!

Monica - Sept. 18, 2022, 9:11 p.m.

I love this recipe and continue to come back to it over and over!

Jule - Sept. 7, 2022, 7:50 p.m.

Have been using this for years now as the only recipe for beans. Sometimes I add another vegetable, like cauliflower or carrot, if I want to make more. The sauce also works without the brown sugar if you add carrots, as they are a little sweet naturally. My low carb flatmate approves of this with carrots and cauliflower rice.

PUL Team - Sept. 7, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

Hey Jule, we're so glad the recipe is being enjoyed. Thank you 😃

Anna - Sept. 2, 2022, 10:55 p.m.

So good! Love the sun dried tomatoes surprise! I like to add chopped peanuts (raw, unsalted) and cilantro if I have it. I have also swapped broccoli for the green beans a few times - depending on what’s on sale that week - and it turns out great!

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2022, 1:06 a.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Anna, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share!

Liz - Aug. 1, 2022, 5:30 a.m.

This was a great dish, made as directed. So many complementary flavors, all tied together with the amazing sauce. Well done, Robin!
Our all time favs from PUL? - Who knew hummus could make a great pizza sauce?
and - Our first recipe from PUL and it's still a winner. Literally every person we have served this to has raved about it!

PUL Team - Aug. 2, 2022, 4:54 a.m.

Oh, Liz, it means so much! Thank you for the the kind words and support 🥰

Emily S - June 16, 2022, 8:06 a.m.

One of my favourite PUL recipes, I absolutely love the peanut sauce/sundried tomato combination! Will definitely be making it again and again. Thanks Robin! :)

PUL Team - June 17, 2022, 7:36 a.m.

A huge compliment, Emily, thank you!

Alfred - June 14, 2022, 12:06 p.m.

So delicious and easy! Made this a few times already and thought it was about time to leave a comment. Yesterday the wife was really impressed saying that it was all "restaurant quality". Thanks for a great recipe that really adds to my repertoire!

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 4:57 a.m.

Awe thanks a bunch, Alfred, we appreciate it so much! So glad it's being enjoyed 🙂

Lise - June 11, 2022, 12:14 a.m.

The Gado Gado! Oh what a Staples this dish has become. 2 years ago I found Pickuplimes and got incredibly inspired by Sadia. I have copied all the recipes into my recipe book, and so far I have thoroughly enjoyed every single dish! But of all those dishes, this one is perhaps the one I've cooked the most times; also mainly because all the people around me who aren't vegan / vegetarian think this dish is fantastic. Thank you Sadia for your delicious recipes and blogs, and wow, this is the most beautiful and usefull website!!!!

PUL Team - June 13, 2022, 4:13 p.m.

Oh, Lise, thank YOU for the glowing feedback and support. It means so much more than we can express and our PUL community wouldn't be the same without you 🥰

Sarah - May 31, 2022, 12:56 a.m.

I have already made this three times since discovering PUL this Spring and with different combos of veggies and protein depending on what I have handy. I like how you add some water to steam/help the veggies a bit. The sauce is the game changer for me. I use noodles because the leftovers work so well for a portable lunch the next day. I wish I hadn't just written that because now I am thinking about that container of goodness in the fridge, ha, ha. Thanks PUL, it's such a great dish. Keep up the great work, I love your videos and recipes : )

PUL Team - May 31, 2022, 5:46 a.m.

Awe, Sarah, you're much too kind! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. It means so much the PUL content is being enjoyed ☺️

Dagmar - May 29, 2022, 1:53 p.m.

Hey! I think the plate on your plate method picture does not include any rice,as the dish does.

PUL Team - May 29, 2022, 6:02 p.m.

Hey there, Dagmar, indeed any ingredients under our "Serves well with" or "Optional" heading don't appear in the plate method picture. This is to help make recipes more adaptable to what's accessible and enjoyed by different PUL community members. We'll note this down as an area to consider for future PUL improvements though for clarity 😃

Colwyne Tranter - March 29, 2022, 11 p.m.

Good morning Sadia can I use honey instead of sugar my daughter has cancer so can't use sugar but she seems to be ok with honey she has major allergies but your recipes have been great for her plus the mixes have been very good because I know what's in them and it's all natural thank you sooo much for PUL the food is easy to make and delicious to eat the whole house loves them

PUL Team - March 30, 2022, 3:57 a.m.

Hello dear Colwyne! Since we only use plant-based products here at PUL we haven't tested it out, but we hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try. We're so honoured that the recipes are a success with everyone. Wishing you and your family an abundance of health and wellness 💚

Anna - March 14, 2022, 10:25 p.m.

I love pick up limes recipes but I have to say this was a fail for me. I followed the instructions to add the soy sauce but I feel like it was too much (1/3 cup for 4 servings). I like my food quite salty but this was barely edible because of how salty it was - I had to rinse out the food. I couldn't taste any of the flavors because of how salty it was. I used a soy sauce that isn't too high in salt either. Could you please explain where I went wrong?

PUL Team - March 15, 2022, 6:09 a.m.

Hey Anna, we're so sorry to hear! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. If you kindly remember, were the other ingredients and portion sizes followed? If so, we suspect it may have to do with the soy sauce brand or another packaged product as these can sneak in a lot of hidden salt. We're happy to try to get to the bottom of it further though if possible 😊

Lise - June 11, 2022, 12:19 a.m.

I think you maybe used a different kind of soy sauce? In this recipe I think you need the Sweet ketjap Manis. At least; that's what I've been doing and it works great! Hope you'll try it again, it's my favorite dish !

Taunya - March 12, 2022, 7:46 p.m.

So completely awesome! I've made it a couple of times. I'm not able to get the mock chicken meat so I subbed in mushrooms (which I love)🤤😋 I've eaten it over rice or greens or in a soft sandwich bun. I think it would be delicious over noodles or tofu or in a wrap. I never even got the sauce made because it's was so good!

PUL Team - March 12, 2022, 7:57 p.m.

Ooo love the modifications, Taunya, thanks for the insight! Noodles, tofu, or in a wrap sounds lovely 😍

Angeliki - Feb. 2, 2022, 9:10 a.m.

Hi PUL team,
I was planning to cook this recipe yesterday, but forgot to buy peanut butter! But because there is always a "nut" butter available home, I experimented with a quite successful swap: almond butter (white, without the skins). I was amazed by the flavour of this sauce, it was tasting somehow like a salty marzipan!
You may want to try it out, too (in a future recipe or so),
Many greetings from Germany
Angeliki (Greek)

PS: I also used real chicken breast instead of the mock one, but this is only a detail (we are not vegans, but flexitarians, so plant-based with some meat from time to time)

PUL Team - Feb. 3, 2022, 1:47 a.m.

Hello Angeliki, almond butter sounds delightful! So glad the recipe was enjoyed and sending the warmest greetings back to Germany 🤗

Susan - Jan. 31, 2022, 11:17 p.m.

Such a delicious recipe. I’ve made it 3 times now in the past month. Thank you so much for introducing me to so many tasty, interesting vegan recipes.

PUL Team - Feb. 1, 2022, 4:08 a.m.

Oh, Susan, we appreciate it much more than words can describe! Thank you :)

Sandra - Oct. 31, 2021, 6:18 p.m.

Finally made this recipe today, the added sun-dried tomatoes gives this meal such a nice flavour, it's delicious! 💚

PUL Team - Oct. 31, 2021, 8:20 p.m.

Woohoo! This means so much - thank you, Sandra ✨

Clara - Sept. 24, 2021, 1:14 p.m.

We have made this dish so many times already and it's so good !!! The sundried tomatoes add an interesting but very delicious touch to this meal :)) i'll definitely be doing this more often in the future !

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

So happy to hear, Clara, happy cooking 😃

Ishrat - Sept. 20, 2021, 7:57 p.m.

This new website is PHENOMENAL!!! I made this delicious thing two years ago and came back for the OG recipe today after mixing things up since then. So proud of how far y’all have come 🥰

PUL Team - Sept. 21, 2021, 2:44 a.m.

Awe, this means so much, Ishrat! Thanks for taking the time to share ☺️

Kim - Aug. 16, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

This is one of my favorite meals! And it was also loved by all dinner guests that have tried it. Yum yum.

Elke van Es - Aug. 6, 2021, 3:20 p.m.

I love this recipe, I made it so often in the last two years, and it never dissapoints. Also when I have quest over I like to make it, and everybody always goes for a second portion. I do like to swap the mock chicken for tempeh for variation.

PUL Team - Aug. 7, 2021, 2:01 a.m.

Mmm tempeh sounds delicious! So kind of you to share a PUL recipe with guests. Thank you, Elke van Es 😃

Monica - Aug. 1, 2021, 12:34 a.m.

This might be my favorite PUL recipe!!! I can never find mock chicken in the store, so sometimes I sub tofu and sometimes I make it without a protein- it's always tasty. The recipe is fool-proof.

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:16 a.m.

Love using tofu in this one too! Thank you, Monica, for taking the time to share the review 😊

Luci - July 27, 2021, 11:21 p.m.

Delicious! Super simple to make and it makes very generous portions. Made it without the mock chicken and it was totally satisfying.

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Luci, thanks a bunch for sharing ☺️

Mary - July 27, 2021, 2:09 p.m.

One of my favorite recipes that I’ve made more than once. Very delicious!

Allison - July 26, 2021, 3:15 p.m.

This recipe quickly became one of my favorites, and I got my mom addicted to it too!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:41 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the recipe, Allison!

Lydia - July 26, 2021, 4:28 a.m.

So tasty! One of my favorites.

Ori Aniri - July 24, 2021, 9:34 p.m.

The absolute favourite recipe in my family. If we do not know what to cook we cook gado gado😀

Audre - July 24, 2021, 8:48 p.m.

All time winner! This recipe is my family's favourite and we make it on a regular basis. Genuinely recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 8:04 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Audre, thank you!

Ann - July 24, 2021, 8:21 p.m.

This is my go-to recipe for family meals. I've made it so often that I don't need to read the recipe. Jkg.

Pia - July 22, 2021, 5:57 p.m.

This is our go to recipe. We love it.

Lauren - July 16, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

This is the recipe that convinced me to go vegan almost one year ago today! I still make it several times a month and have served it to many of my friends at dinner parties with rave reviews. The combination of soy sauce and sun dried tomatoes is a game changer.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 2:27 a.m.

What a huge compliment, Lauren! It means so much that you've allowed PUL to be part of your vegan journey 🌻

Annelies VdS - July 13, 2021, 9:20 a.m.

My boyfriends favorite!
This has become a regular on our week menu. easy to make, peanut butter <3, great taste.
We use 'poulettekes' from the vegetarische slager (vegatarian/vegan butcher) for this and it's just a perfect combo with the rest

Rebecca - July 11, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

This meal is so incredible! I made this once, and it has been in my go to meals ever since! Absolutely LOVE it!

Kristina - July 10, 2021, 10:38 p.m.

This recipe is one of my favourites, I keep it for those hard weeks when I need a hug. I am not vegan but eating this I know I could totally become one!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:14 a.m.

Aww so glad you're enjoying this one, Kristina! Here's a virtual hug just because 🤗

Matilda - July 10, 2021, 10:02 a.m.

I love this, I'm doing it from time to time and it's always nice to rediscover. As others have mentioned, the mock chicken can be replaced with for example tofu, I have also tried with both soy and quorn bites which have worked well.

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 7:39 a.m.

Delicious ideas, Matilda, thanks a bunch for the review and for sharing 😍

GV - July 10, 2021, 1:39 a.m.

Anything satay and I’m there! This recipe is such a burst of flavour, and the sun dried tomatoes are A MUST!! This ones a really fun recipe for when you’re cooking with multiple people too, there are enough steps to allocate and everyone can get involved :)

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:28 a.m.

Love the idea to get others involved, GV, thank you for sharing the review!

Melody - July 9, 2021, 6:10 a.m.

delicious and easy to put together - I used tofu, which was great, but I'm going to try it again sometime with the mock chicken!

Alyse - July 9, 2021, 5:48 a.m.

This recipe is absolutely delicious!! It’s my go to when I’m not sure what I want because it never disappoints. I’ve made this for meal prep a couple times too and it keeps really well(obviously with everything stored separately).

PUL Team - July 13, 2021, 4:23 a.m.

We appreciate the review so much more than we can express! Thank you, Alyse 🤗

Lena - July 9, 2021, 1:50 a.m.

this is so good! the mock chicken in combination with the peanut sauce, so tasty! ^^

Samantha - July 8, 2021, 10:47 p.m.

This one was amazing, I was not sure how it was going to be but I absolutely loved making this one. I omitted the vegan chicken though and just did it with veggies and it was a crowd-pleaser.

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:49 p.m.

We're so thrilled the recipe turned out well, Samantha, thank you for sharing!

Michalina - July 8, 2021, 7:42 p.m.

Love this recipe! One of my favorites:)

Heather - June 17, 2021, 1:49 a.m.

If I use tofu instead of the mock chicken would you press it and then make separate or would I follow the recipe as written?


PUL Team - June 18, 2021, 2:15 a.m.

A great question, Heather, if substituting for tofu we'd recommend using extra firm or firm and pressing it beforehand. You could still sautee it on the stovetop although it will likely take closer to 10 minutes to get all sides nice and golden.

Another option could be to bake the pressed tofu in the oven while making the rest of the recipe and add it in at the end 🙂 We hope this helps and let us know how it goes!

Heather - June 21, 2021, 10:06 a.m.

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It was fantastic! My toddler loved it too

Chris B - July 9, 2021, 4:20 a.m.

I also used tofu: extra firm. However the brand purchased was not 'super firm' and I did not take the time to press. Followed recipe as written: the tofu didn't not brown. Probably if cooked alone, after or before doing the onions, and sauteing for at least 10 mins as the PUL team already suggested the tofu would get all golden.

Even without the brown/toasty tofu, this recipe was excellent! Only slight modification was to the sauce: omitted the sugar and bumped up the lime and garnished with Thai basil ( the basil plants are bumping this summer). Will cook again1

PUL Team - July 9, 2021, 5:03 p.m.

Thank you so much for sharing, Chris and Heather! We're so glad the recipe was enjoyed and appreciate the insight 😃

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

And yet another from my top favorite PUL recipes! 🤤 So delicious!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 9:47 p.m.

Woohoo so glad you enjoyed this one, Chris, thank you!

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Sanna - May 11, 2021, 10:45 a.m.

So good! I make this all the time🙌