If you’re looking for a plant-based protein that isn’t tofu or beans, 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
1. 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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Tempeh Tacos
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.
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.
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 without having to catch anything.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
13. 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.
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