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  • Food: Tempeh

  • Writer: Alice

  • Content-Type: Food Blog

You’ve come to the right site if you’re wondering what tempeh is.

This instruction manual will show you how to prepare it precisely for a variety of tempeh dishes.

It’s an excellent source of protein if you consume little to no meat or have a plant-based diet. It is firm and meaty, in contrast to tofu, and it tastes deliciously nutty.

Because of this, it is highly adaptable. I like to pile it into sandwiches, crumble it into the consistency of ground beef, sprinkle it into stir-fries, and sear it like a steak.

My preferred method for cooking it and my favorite tempeh dishes are provided in the following paragraphs. I hope you give it a shot and enjoy it no matter what!


Food: Tempeh
Source: From My Bowl

Originally from Indonesia, it is a plant-based protein source. It is created from fermented soybeans that have been cut into blocks, while store-bought tempeh frequently contains additional beans and grains.

Even though it has a reputation for having a lot of protein, it also has a variety of other health advantages.

Like calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron, which are all vitamins and minerals that are abundant in them! It can be discovered in the refrigerator department of the majority of supermarket stores or at any health food store.


My preferred way to prepare tempeh is to bake it. The process is very simple, and as they bake, the nut cubes turn crunchy and caramelized. I do it like this:

  • Start by chopping your tempeh. I prefer to chop it into 1-inch pieces and bake it that way.
  • Afterward, steam it! Don’t skip this procedure! Before being baked or grilled, tempeh can better absorb the flavor of a marinade by being steamed. The cubes are steamed for ten minutes, and during that time, a marinade is whipped up. Tamari or soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, and sriracha are the only ingredients I use in this recipe.
  • It’s now time to marinate! After the cubes have been steaming, add the marinade and let them sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • At long last, you can bake. Place the marinated cubes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and bake them at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, take the cubes out of the oven and coat them with extra marinade. Continue baking for a further 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cubes are blackened. Enjoy!

You could also create your own grain bowl and add cooked tempeh for protein. Pick 1 (or more) items from each of the following categories:

  • Begin with a grain. Some of my favorites include quinoa, soba noodles, cilantro-lime rice, and cauliflower rice.
  • Then incorporate a vegetable, such as sautéed mushrooms, roasted broccoli, or roasted Brussels sprouts.
  • Add a punchy sauce, such as cilantro lime dressing, peanut sauce, tahini sauce, or chipotle sauce, to finish it off.


Although these savory baked tempeh cubes are highly adaptable, there are other ways to prepare tempeh as well, as you can see! Here are a couple of my preferred tempeh dishes using various marinades or preparation techniques:

1. Club Sandwich for Vegetarians

In this vegetarian twist on the BLT sandwich, roasted tempeh planks that have been marinated take the place of bacon!

2. Brown rice bowls with kimchi

These nutritious, fresh bowls are made hearty and gratifying by the smoky grilled tempeh steaks!

3. Tempeh “Bacon” on loaded mini baked potatoes

These vegan micro-baked potatoes taste just like meat, without the meat! They are elevated by the addition of crunchy, smoky “bacon pieces,” chives, and tangy cashew sour cream or vegan cheese sauce.

Try my stuffed acorn squash or mango peanut tacos if you’re seeking even more ideas!

4. More Sources of Plant-Based Protein

Do you want to test a different protein source? Next, prepare baked tofu, roasted chickpeas, or lentils!


Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Serves: 4


  • 1 (8-ounce) package of tempeh
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Baked Tempeh
Food: Baked Tempeh
Source: From My Bowl
  1. Put the cubed tempeh in a steamer basket and place it over a pot filled with an inch of water. Simmer the water for ten minutes while it is covered and allowed to steam. This makes it more soft and ready to absorb more marinade flavor.
  2. Whisk the tamari, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, sriracha, and a few pinches of pepper together in a small bowl. Pour the marinade over the tempeh in a shallow dish to coat. For at least 30 minutes, marinate.
  3. Place parchment paper on a baking pan and preheat the oven to 425°F.
  4. Place the cubes on the baking pan and set aside any extra marinade.
  5. 10-minute baking. After taking them out of the oven, spread extra marinade onto the cubes. Bake the cubes for a further 10 minutes, or until the edges are toasted. Enjoy with grain bowls or salads.


To prepare tempeh for grilling, cut it into triangles and marinate it as directed above. Set a grill to medium heat. Grill the tempeh for 7 to 9 minutes on the first side after spraying the grill.

Remove from grill, sprinkle with marinade again, place back on the grill, and cook the second side for 4-5 minutes, or until deep char marks appear.