Tempeh is a fermented soy product, and like its culinary cousin tofu, it's quite versatile. But tempeh has a more distinct flavor as well as a dense, nutty texture.
Though somewhat of an acquired taste, it's one worth cultivating — tempeh is high in complete protein and rich in all kinds of nutrients perfect for a plant based diet. Learn more in this in my guide to cooking with tempeh!
And we can start that tempeh cooking craze, with these delicious temph recipes:
Tangy Tempeh with Portobello Mushrooms (above). It has a “meaty” heartiness, with balsamic vinegar providing a bit of tang. Serve this sumptuous stew-like dish over a cooked grain or on pasta.
In these delectable Mango Tempeh Lettuce Wraps from Oh My Veggies, crumbled tempeh and sweet champagne mangos combine to make a perfect filling for easy vegetarian lettuce wraps.
Tempeh and Green Beans with Shiitake-Miso Gravy is a filling dish featuring a flavorful shiitake-miso gravy. Serve with simple cooked quinoa, especially if you cooked extra earlier in the week; it’s also good on rice or noodles.
Sesame Soba Noodles with Collard Greens and Tempeh Croutons is an Asian-flavored dish featuring high-protein tempeh and calcium-rich collard greens is flavored with a triple dose of sesame (another great source of calcium): tahini, seeds, and oil.
In Tempeh and Walnut Soft Taco Filling, two high-protein foods (with lots more going for them nutritionally) team up in a tasty filling that goes a long way.
Ginger Tempeh Vegetable Stir-Fry by Leslie Cerier features summer squash and bok choy. Serve over rice and a colorful salad for an easy meal.
Ayinde Howell’s Sriracha Tempeh Sliders with Ranch Dressing offers an ingeniously easy way to make these mini-burgers. You can replace the sriracha with BBQ sauce if it’s too hot you!
Sweet-and-Sour Stir-Fried Vegetables with Seitan or Tempeh features a choice of these plant proteins plus colorful vegetables and pineapple, has several steps but can be made easily and at a leisurely pace.
Tempeh, Kale, and Sweet Potato Skillet shines with a nourishing trio of ingredients and makes for a quick, colorful, and comforting meal.
Another yummy offering from Leslie Cerier, Tempeh Stew with Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, and Shiitakes is like Thanksgiving in a bowl. It is indeed a good choice for the holiday, but you can make it any time you want a hearty cool-weather meal.
Even those who aren’t quite sold on tempeh will be enticed by this delectable, veggie-filled Tempeh, Cauliflower, and Cashew Curry. Along with potatoes and plenty of spices, this is a colorful and warming stew.
Skillet Potato and Tempeh Hash gives you a hearty vegan spin on a “meaty” classic. Embellished with bell pepper and kale, this is as good served as a quick dinner as it is an offbeat and hearty breakfast.
More Vegan Recipes
And if you love these vegan tempeh recipes, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas: