Teriyaki Tempeh {GF}

This Teriyaki Tempeh makes a delicious protein addition to any meal. Not sure what tempeh is? Read on to find out! 

Teriyaki Tempeh | This Teriyaki Tempeh makes a delicious protein addition to any Asian-flavored meal. Not sure what tempeh is? Read on to find out! vegan recipe, gluten-free, vegetarian recipe, tempeh recipe, teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki Tempeh | This Teriyaki Tempeh makes a delicious protein addition to any Asian-flavored meal. Not sure what tempeh is? Read on to find out! vegan recipe, gluten-free, vegetarian recipe, tempeh recipe, teriyaki sauce

Before going vegan I had never heard of tempeh. Actually, before going vegan, I hadn’t heard of a lot of things; I stuck to my basics of pasta, pizza, chicken nuggets and more pasta. A whole new world opened up tot me when I decided not to rely on those foods anymore.

Tempeh though was one of the last vegan “staples” foods I tried. I’ll be honest about why: I thought it looked weird. When I finally got the courage to try it, I was not impressed. I thought it tasted bland. I had it a few more times and decided “nope, tempeh is not for me”. My husband is actually the one who changed my mind. He ordered it at a restaurant and liked it so he made me try it again. And you know what? It was really good! I realized then that it’s all about how you prepare and cook the tempeh.

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What is this Tempeh You Speak of?

So you might be saying to yourself, “okay we get you like tempeh, but tell me what tempeh actually is”.  Well, tempeh is fermented soybeans that are bound into a sort of cake/loaf form. It’s originally from Indonesia and still used in many Asian countries.

Believe me, I did not think I’d like tempeh but I urge you to give it a try. It’s good and another great protein to add to your recipes (like I did in my Spicy Sesame Noodles – another tasty tempeh recipe!).

Tempeh actually contains more fiber and protein than tofu because it is less processed. Tempeh also is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and iron. Most health food stores like Whole foods sell tempeh and many large mainstream grocery stores are starting to carry it now – I have found some at my local Stop and Shop.

Teriyaki Tempeh | This Teriyaki Tempeh makes a delicious protein addition to any Asian-flavored meal. Not sure what tempeh is? Read on to find out! vegan recipe, gluten-free, vegetarian recipe, tempeh recipe, teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki Tempeh

I’ve been playing around with tempeh for a while now and have come up with an extra tasty version for you, my teriyaki tempeh.

Like I said, good tempeh is all about how you prepare and cook it. Firstly, I steam the tempeh. While this is not mandatory (and I sometimes don’t have the time to do it) – the steaming process seems to take out any extra bitterness. After steaming, I marinate and then cook. Sometimes I’ll steam the tempeh the night before and marinate overnight through the next day if I know I’ll be making it for dinner the next night (now that makes for some extra tasty tempeh). After cooking I add the sauce, and voilà, teriyaki tempeh for you to enjoy!

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Teriyaki Tempeh
Author: Mary Ellen
Ingredients
  • 1 package organic tempeh
  • 1 TB olive or coconut oil
Tempeh Marinade
  • 3 TB veggie broth
  • 1 TB tamari (or soy sauce if not gf)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
Teriyaki Sauce
  • 4 TB tamari (or soy sauce if not gf)
  • 1 tsp sesame or olive oil
  • 2 TB maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sriracha or hot sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional but tasty)
Toppings
  • Sesame seeds
  • Scallions
Instructions
  1. Cut tempeh into triangles or squares and steam in steamer basket for 10 minutes (optional).
  2. Add all ingredients for marinade into bowl and whisk together.
  3. Place tempeh into dish and pour marinade over. Marinate for at least 20 mins.
  4. Place olive or coconut oil in a pan and sear the tempeh 3-5 minutes on each side until crispy.
  5. Mix teriyaki sauce ingredients in large bowl.
  6. Once tempeh is cooked, add tempeh to teriyaki sauce, covering the tempeh.
  7. Take tempeh out of the sauce (leaving the extra sauce in the bowl) and add back to pan.
  8. Heat tempeh again for about 30 seconds on each side to caramelized the sauce on the tempeh.
  9. Turn off heat and pour the remaining sauce over the tempeh in the pan. Leave for about a minute for the rest of the sauce to thicken a bit.
  10. Serve and top with sesame seed and scallions (optional).

 

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49 thoughts on “Teriyaki Tempeh {GF}

  1. I need to try it… Tempeh is the one thing I simply can’t seem to like. I’ve tried it so many times in the past but the texture always gets to me, in a bad way. Could this be the solution? I hope so!

    1. I hear you, I didn’t like it for years either but if it’s because of the texture, I think it may still be the similar with this recipe. If you try it, let me know what you think Kate!

    1. Thank you so much, Alison! I only really got into tempeh in the last year or so but I made this a few times testing the recipe and think it will go into regular rotation!

    1. I never thought of it that way Johanna, it totally is like eggplant. I’ve had some delicious eggplant and some horrible kinds.

      Thanks so much, I hope you like it if you give it a try!

    1. You’re the first one to say that Julie! I am starting to become a real tempeh fan. Oooh, I’d love to try the local one by you. Maybe a road trip sometime!

  2. I am a bit hit and miss with tempeh. I think you have to marinade it well. I do like tempeh bacon and I am also very tempted by your version.

    1. I hear you Shaheen, tempeh can be so good or bad depending on how it’s made. I feel like steaming and then the marinating helps to make it extra tasty. If you do get a chance to try it let me know what you think! 🙂

  3. I love the texture of tempeh, but sometimes the taste is a bit strong for me. I do love it when it’s slathered in flavorful sauce though…just like this!! Looks really good!

  4. You’re so right about all of the new foods you discover once you go vegan. Many people assume that eating only plant foods is limiting, but for most of us, our diets are considerably more varied once we discover all of the other foods that are out there! Your teriyaki tempeh looks very flavorful!

  5. It’s only in the last 6 months that I have realized that I actually like tempeh. I was never able to find plain tempeh before that and had only bought the flavoured varieties which tasted hideous. It’s rare that I can’t eat something but I had to throw it out. I never do that. Then 6 months ago I finally found plain tempeh and I bravely decided to try it, fully expecting it to be awful too. It was delicious and I am so thankful that I actually found it and didn’t go around my whole life thinking it was awful because of the really bad flavoured stuff.
    I’ve been cooking with it a lot recently and know it would work brilliantly with teriyaki flavours. You recipe sounds delicious. I actually have a teriyaki sauce coming to the blog soon funnily enough!

    1. I’m so glad that you found some you liked! It would have been sad for you to not to have realized you like it. What kind of flavor was it?

      Excited to see you teriyaki too! Great minds think alike!

  6. I love teriyaki flavor! Tempeh is something I used to hate, until I realized that you need to cook it to get the nasty bitter taste off. I boil mine for about 20 minutes and it does the trick! These look so good.

  7. I am totally in love with tempeh!
    “Before going vegan I had never heard of tempeh.” Ditto, but unlike most people, it was totally love at first bite for me. The first time I tried it, I was hooked. The nice thing about it is people who are sensitive to soy (like me), aren’t necessarily as sensitive to tempeh. Yay tempeh!
    Your marinade sounds so good, I am all over using liquid smoke =) I don’t think I have ever steamed my tempeh before, I’ll have to try that (although to be honest, I think I actually like the bitter taste of it haha).

    1. You’re the first person that I heard who loved it at first bite! I was wondering if you’d be a sensitive to tempeh as tofu.

      Liquid smoke is my jam lately!

  8. This looks so good Mary Ellen! I actually had a similar experience with tempeh at the beginning of my veg journey- it took me three or four times to learn how to use it properly. The steaming process definitely takes the bite out of it. And btw, your pics just blow me away girl, keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you so much Randi! So many people seem to have had bad experiences with tempeh at first (except Kimmy). So happy to have found better ways to cook it. Thanks for the picture compliment! That means a lot!

  9. Hi Mary Ellen,
    I can’t wait to make this flavorful tempeh recipe. I have avoided making or eating tempeh frequently because I did not know how to mask the odd taste. Your tasty teriyaki sauce and prep directions sound like a great way to add amazing flavor to this healthy vegan protein source. I’m pinning and sharing too!

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