Vegan "Lomo" Saltado: Peru's Most Popular Dish!

One of Peru's most popular dishes is the Lomo Saltado. This vegan version replicates the meaty umami of lomo saltado - served with rice and french fries. A simple meal packed with tons of flavors and textures, no wonder it's a favorite to many!

What is Lomo Saltado and where did it come from?

In Spanish, "Lomo" translates to loin, while "Saltado" refers to sautéed. This delicious dish typically features sautéed beef alongside onions and tomatoes. Served with crispy fries and fluffy white rice, garnished with parsley or any other preferred herb, it embodies the essence of chifa <CHEE-fah> cuisine—a delightful fusion of Chinese and Peruvian flavors and ingredients.

Peru is home to one of Latin America's largest Chinese communities, primarily Cantonese immigrants who introduced their cooking techniques and utensils to Peruvian culinary traditions. This cultural exchange birthed a culinary revolution, giving rise to a unique style of eatery known as "chifa". Today, in Lima, the capital city, you'll find over 6,000 chifas, testament to the enduring appeal of this vibrant gastronomic blend.

How to Make Lomo Saltado?

Lomo Saltado is fairly easy, and comes together quick. Our best advice is to have all your ingredients ready and prepped before you begin cooking. If you are serving this with homemade rice and French fries we suggest following this order.

  • Prepare the French fries. Wash, cut, and set them to boil.
  • Gather the rest of ingredients while potatoes cook.
  • Prepare ingredients to make rice
  • Drain potatoes
  • Prepare your rice while potatoes bake
  • Gather all the ingredients for the mushroom sauce
  • Cut all produce before you begin to sauté the mushrooms
  • Add remaining ingredients according to recipe directions
Note: Feel free to use frozen fries and premade rice to make this dish come together even quicker.

Substitutions and Variations

  • To add more protein, sub the rice for quinoa.
  • Use any mushroom you like. Just be aware that cooking times may vary depending on the mushroom.
  • Feel free to use frozen fries and/or precooked rice to make this even quicker.
  • Some enjoy the French fries mixed into the Lomo Saltado.

The Mushroom Seasoning Ingredients

  • Soy Sauce. A fundamentally savory element to this dish.
  • Mushroom Sauce. This replaces the traditional oyster sauce while still providing the rich umami flavors with a touch of sweetness that balances this dish perfectly. You can find mushroom sauce at your local Asian store.
  • White Wine Vinegar. Adds a tangy element to the dish.
  • Liquid Smoke. You guessed it! Adds a dash of smokiness. Beware, a little goes a long way.
  • Garlic. Adds the perfect aroma to almost any dish.
Note: Feel free to add these ingredients individually to the mushrooms as they cook, or you can mix all the ingredients together and have the proportioned sauce made and ready to go for when the mushroom are ready.

Cooking the Mushrooms

We've noticed that there is a "best" texture for this dish. You don't want to overcook your mushrooms and raw/undercooked mushrooms aren't always the most pleasant. To get this "best" texture, good resistance but not tough, you are going to want to make sure your oil is hot before adding the mushrooms. An important part that will contribute to that "best" texture is the way you cut the mushrooms. We used and recommend large portobellos and slicing them about an inch thick to ensure they maintain their shape after cooking and don't get too small after shrinking (it's always more than we think it will be).

We're aiming to give the mushrooms a good bite, move them around so that they cooks evenly. After about two minutes you should start seeing the mushrooms brown. You can start adding other ingredients now, this way the mushrooms will keep their bite while you add moisture with the other ingredients and seasonings.

Note: You also want to maintain a certain amount of firmness in your other ingredients- so careful not to overcook the onion and add the tomatoes near the very end so that they don't turn to mush.

Additional Recipe Components

Peruvian Lomo Saltado

Stir-fried portobello mushrooms with onions and tomatoes, served with rice and french fries. A simple meal packed with flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: Vegan Dinner, Vegan Lomo Saltado, Vegan Peruvian Recipe
Servings: 2


  • 2 Portobello Mushroom Caps sliced about 1 inch thick
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 1 Small Red Onion or ½ a large one cut into wedges
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Parsley to garnish
  • Cooked Rice fresh or precooked
  • French Fries fresh or frozen

The Mushroom Seasoning

  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Mushroom Sauce can be found at your local Asian market
  • 1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 dash Liquid Smoke
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves finely chopped


  • In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp of oil and cook mushrooms at medium - high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms cook, cut the onion and tomato into wedges.
  • Add the mushroom seasoning ingredients and the onion wedges.
  • Once the mushrooms and onions are done, add the tomato wedges and cook for one minute. Gently tossing the tomatoes in the mix and be careful not to overcook.
  • Serve the mushrooms with rice and french fries, garnish with some chopped parsley.


This recipe comes together fairly quickly. Make sure you have your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you begin cooking.
besitos, J & R

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