Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Teriyaki tempeh

Do you eat tempeh? Me neither. But now I'm going to. I bought some tempeh on a whim today and decided to cook it and eat it for dinner. Alex was sad, then he was happy. It turned out that this is delicious. Tempeh doesn't taste like much, but is firm and holds sauce well. 

Tempeh is full of protein, and a little easier to digest than tofu, I hear. The kind I bought had some veggies snuck into it, carrots and peppers. Look how healthy, I am, ma! I served this over brown rice with some kale on the side. Then Alex ate a bunch of gross kim chee. I don't like kim chee. 

Teriyaki tempeh
This is the same sauce I used for sesame tofu a while ago - next time I would double the sauce. 

1 pack of tempeh, about 8 oz
1 T oil

1/4 c honey (or brown sugar if you're vegan)
1/4 c soy sauce (gf)
1/4 c rice vinegar
1 chopped up hot chili, or 1/2 t chili flakes
2 T sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4" piece of ginger, skinned and grated

Cut up the tempeh into thin strips, then cut in half. Heat up the oil in a large pan, and toss in the tempeh. Cook about ten minutes, flipping each slice after a few minutes when the first side is browned. Stir together the sauce ingredients, and pour over the tempeh. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Serve over brown rice. 


  1. Tempeh is the bomb. This looks delicious. I don't think tempeh doesn't taste like much. It has an earthy, robust flavor. I love tempeh!!

  2. Congrats on discovering tempeh! I love it and usually have it for lunch maybe 2-3 times a week--I'm actually eating it right now. ;) This recipe looks great!

    Also, thank you for your post about rice noodles. I always stand and contemplate them in the grocery store but they made me nervous for some reason. Thanks for showing how simple and delicious they are!

  3. This makes me want to try tempeh! I have wanted to try it, but haven't found a way to package it up nicely for my husband. Maybe this one is my ticket. :)

  4. :O yum!! this looks like delicious tempeh, I always struggle with finding ways to use it. ye!

  5. Janie8:48 AM

    Can you tell me what kind of Tempeh you bought, because I am not sure which kinds are gluten-free. I never know what Tempeh to buy so I don't buy it. :)

  6. I was reading about tempeh on

    Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and formed into a patty, similar to a very firm veggie burger. Many commercially prepared brands add other grains, such as barley, and also add spices and extra flavors. Although tempeh is made from soy, it has a unique taste and is mildly flavorful on it's own, unlike tofu. If you aren't fond of tofu, tempeh is also very high in protein and calcium, as well as beneficial isoflavones, but tastes nothing like tofu. Tempeh has a textured and nutty flavor.

    Can you share the brand you found? i have not been successful in finding GF.

    Thank you for all the time you donate to this awesome website! it has been one of my go to sites! :0)

  7. I absolutely adore this recipe. Because I don't like tempeh that much, I use seitan instead, and boy is it DELICIOUS. The sauce is to die for.

  8. Tempeh rocks and so does this recipe! I added a bunch of arugala to it.

  9. adira7:16 AM

    thank you for sharing about tempeh...
    i come from Indonesia and like reading your site.
    in my country tempeh is our daily food, so many tempeh recipes but it usually cooked by deep-fried and served with hot rice and chilli sauce, delicious... :)

  10. Anonymous1:13 PM

    i wanted to try tempeh and was in search for any good recipie...first of all its look attract me will gonna try it soon...
    my first recipie of tempeh gonna this...never tasted even tempeh or tofu before...
    lets hope for the best...this recipe gonna add into my favrite recipie lst or not...will share with u all soon :)
    But 1 thing...!!
    any 1 cn help me finding right tempeh fr this recipie.......?? let m tell soon plz

  11. I made this last night and it turned out perfect! It was my second time cooking with tempeh (which I've discovered is so much less intimidating than it seems at first)and I just happened to have every ingredient needed (for the chilli, all I had were some dried cayenne peppers I grew over the summer so I just crushed about two of them up and threw them in; perfect spice!) The flavor of this recipe was great :)

  12. Shannon Lemon8:53 PM

    This recipe is amazing. We tried it today and even cutting the sauce in half (since I'm watching my sugar) it was still perfect. I could eat this every day honestly. It's the first time I've cooked tempeh at home in the two years I've been vegan and I'm so glad this is what I made! The picture looked so good I had to try it! THANKS!

  13. Jyst made it tonight. I'm Vegan so I used brown sugar. Also toned down the sweetness a bit. But it's an excellent recipe. Easy to make, quick, looks good and great taste. Thanks.