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13 Tempeh Recipes That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Plant-Based Protein

These tempeh recipes are packed with protein and flavor. From BLTs to plant-based takeout, you're sure to find your new favorite meal.

tempeh recipes
Written by
Kristine Nguyen
If you're looking for a
plant-based protein
option that isn't
, you're in luck. Tempeh often gets brushed aside, but it's one of the most delicious—and nutritious—options to add to your lineup.
Made of fermented soybeans, a single cup of tempeh contains 31 grams of protein. Not only that, but there are an endless amount of ways to add it to your plate, from tempeh bacon to kabobs.
"Tempeh is a versatile plant-based protein," says Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, the executive chef for
Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh
. "You can slice it, cut it into cubes, and even crumble it into a ground meat-like consistency. Plus, from a flavor standpoint, it's a blank canvas so it can take on the flavor of any dish."
Aside from being versatile, tempeh is also packed with vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, fiber, and calcium. And because it's a fermented food, it's rich in gut-helping probiotics. Here are some tempeh recipes that may just turn the plant-based protein into your new favorite food.

13 Tempeh Recipes to Add to Your Lineup

Tempeh Bacon

tempeh bacon
One of tempeh's most popular uses is in the form of tempeh bacon. Marinate your tempeh with spices and liquid smoke, and you'll have a plant-based option for breakfast, BLTs, salads, and more.

General Tso's Tempeh

Want a plant-based version of your favorite Chinese food? This General Tso's tempeh is seasoned and pan-fried to perfection for a delicious, vegan take on the classic dish.

Indonesian Sambal Tempeh

Because tempeh hails from Indonesia, including an Indonesian dish in this list of tempeh recipes is a must. This mouthwatering sambal tempeh packs a serious punch in the flavor department and pairs great with coconut rice or a salad.

Vegan Korean BBQ Burger

Wait, you mean this delectable, saucy burger is vegan? Yep, we told you these tempeh recipes were good. This Korean BBQ burger provides a unique fusion of flavors that will have you coming back for seconds.

Tempeh Tacos

tempeh bacon
When it comes to easy but satisfying meals, you can't go wrong with tacos. Cook your crumbled tempeh how you would ground beef and watch it transform into the perfect protein for your meatless taco nights.

Vegan Tempeh Hash

To nobody's surprise, tempeh also works great in breakfast foods. Try this vegan tempeh hash for a filling and balanced meal that will get your day started off on the right foot.

Teriyaki Tempeh Poke Bowl

tempeh bacon
Serve up this flavorful poke bowl with all your favorite fixings, sans the fish. Season your tempeh with seaweed for that fishy taste, and enjoy the flavors of the sea
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Teriyaki Tempeh and Broccoli

Prepare this vegan teriyaki tempeh and broccoli for a meal the whole family will enjoy. It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it's a great vegan version of your favorite takeout dish.

Vegan BLT Tempeh Sandwich

Tempeh bacon meets crisp lettuce and sweet tomato in this drool-worthy sandwich. The healthy vegan lunch is packed with protein and flavor to keep you feeling full and satisfied until dinner.

Tempeh Wrap with Peanut Sauce

This vegan tempeh wrap is great to make ahead for school or work. The savory and spicy peanut sauce paired with sautéed tempeh makes for a flavor combination you'll fall in love with at first bite.

Vegan Tempeh Egg Roll Bowls

This bowl has all the makings of an egg roll, minus the meat and eggs. This meal is ready to eat in just 20 minutes and is great for busy weeknights. Yep, tempeh recipes for the win!

Vegan Butter Chicken

This vegan butter chicken uses tempeh and cauliflower to make a warm, scrumptious bowl of goodness. The tasty blend of Indian spices and coconut milk will make your dish simply irresistible.

Tempeh Kabobs

Bring these kabobs
to your next family barbecue
for a treat even the most serious meat-eaters will enjoy. Teriyaki tempeh with sharp onions and tangy pineapple create the ultimate flavor profile.