Tempeh originated in Indonesia centuries ago, but now tempeh dishes are popular worldwide.
Tempeh is a protein-rich food made from fermented soybeans.
It is mildly savory, nutty, and with earthy flavors with a firm texture.
It is a great meat alternative that fits perfectly into plant-based diets.
If you’re new to tempeh, then don’t worry, these recipes are a great introduction.
We have a wide variety of options that you just may fall in love with.
All recipes are easy to make with scrumptious results.
You can try tempeh salads Refreshing Marinated Tempeh Salad, Grilled Tempeh Greek Salad, or make Tempeh Chickpea Burgers and Creamy Lemon Garlic Tempeh Pasta. You’ll be amazed by the wonderful flavors these tempeh dishes offer.
Tempeh Tacos With White Cabbage And Fresh Salsa explode with jaw-dropping flavors, you need to try this one out.
If you are new and don’t know how to deal with tempeh, then try Crumbled Tempeh, it is super easy to make and is always finger-licking.
This salad is really simple to make with easily accessible ingredients.
You just need a little time to marinate it beforehand and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
The wonderful combination of flavors, crunchy carrots and peppers, tangy lime, and balanced maple syrup give this salad an amazing taste.
Try it out and indulge yourself in the freshness of this salad.
This simple pasta needs broccoli, mushrooms, tempeh, and yeast.
Cashew cream gives this pasta a unique nutty flavor.
When all these ingredients come together then this pasta feels out of the world with the meaty touch of tempeh and delicious flavor of dried tarragon.
This satisfying and filling salad is all you need to start your meal.
The crunch of grilled tempeh and tanginess of the creamy Greek dressing goes perfectly together.
This is one restaurant-quality recipe!
Try this recipe out, trust me it’s a must-make!
This recipe of stir fry tempeh couldn’t get easier.
You don’t need to marinate the tempeh or mix up a list of spices.
All you have to do is toss it over the stove, add seasoning and enjoy!
This hearty textured tempeh is so nice to eat.
This quick recipe can be your next favorite when you are short on time and want something scrumptious to eat.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe for a last-minute meal, this recipe is just for you.
It calls for just simple ingredients and comes together in a few moments.
This will surely become your family’s next favorite dish.
Try it out, your kids will love the sweet and salty flavors this tempeh recipe offers.
Pasta is always a good idea and oh yes! You can use tempeh to make pasta sauce.
This bolognese is so rich and tasty that even the pickiest eaters would enjoy it.
Trust me it’s so simple to make and the flavors are soul-satisfying!
Incredibly easy to make and even easier to eat, this coconut-crusted tempeh looks really good.
When paired with coconut rice, I bet it is so filling and satisfying.
It’s a great lunch or dinner idea.
Drizzle some sweet chili sauce and enjoy this yummy meal with roasted broccolini and bell pepper.
Tempeh is a great substitute for chicken in sandwiches.
This loaded sandwich with BBQ sauce is truly an irresistible treat.
It is a stress-free recipe with basic ingredients and is prepared in no time.
Try it out and enjoy it with your favorite toppings.
You can also serve it with fried veggies or mashed potatoes.
It’s a good idea if you are craving fast food.
This nutritious protein-packed burger with crunchy tempeh and smooth chickpea patty will make your mouth water.
Layer the bun with a patty, some veggies, and cheese and condiments (plant-based as desired) of your choice.
This Thai-style green curry with tempeh is a super quick and easy recipe.
Perfect for a weeknight meal.
This recipe can be prepared with any vegetables you have at home.
Serve it with white rice—your family will love the simplicity and subtle flavors this dish offers.
11. Crumbled Tempeh
Tempeh crumbles are cooked in a sticky glaze of soy sauce and fried until crispy.
It gets a mix of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors with the seasoning.
Add it to your grain bowl to make it fun or garnish it over any salad to make it more amazing.
Try this easy and quick recipe and make your salads taste wonderful!
12. Tempeh Tacos
These strongly seasoned tacos with a flavor-punch are super delicious.
The spiced and shredded sweet potatoes are a perfect addition to these mouth-watering tacos.
Try it out and you’ll crave more.
These tacos aren’t just bursting with savory flavor, but you’ll feel full after eating.
That’s why we suggest you double this recipe just in case you want more!
Or it could be a perfect stuffing for burritos and nachos.
Are you craving steak but don’t eat meat?
No worries, we got you with this too.
Crispy tempeh fried in cubes with peppers, onions, and mushrooms with appetizing cheese and steak sauce are put together on a french loaf and the heavenly cheese steak is ready to be devoured!
14. Tempeh Reuben
This smokey and cozy dish with comforting flavors of Russian dressing is all you need to satisfy your soul.
The rye bread with sautéed tempeh and cheese makes it so mouth-watering.
The fabulous flavors these sophisticated sandwiches offer are truly delicious.
Try it yourself, you’ll be amazed too!
This refreshing pasta with a hint of lemon is truly delish.
The steps of this recipe are easy to follow with simple ingredients.
You can make this creamy pasta for a meal or a snack.
Sprinkle fresh parsley and lemon zest and serve!
This marinated tempeh with herb and garlic is super easy yet has a rich, meaty texture.
This can be served as a main dish or can be added to your sandwich, wraps, a bowl of grain, or salads.
Italian seasoning is the key to its flavor-blasted taste.
You just have to follow the two easy steps and it’s ready!
Marinate and bake.
It’s crisp on the outside, meaty on the inside, and loaded with salty, savory, and sweet flavors in every bite.
Tempeh can be a great replacement for meat in pizzas as well.
These smoky and savory mouthfuls feel so scrumptious in pizza.
They’re marinated and cooked in spices, maple syrup, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil.
Top the succulent pizza with tasty vegetables and smooth basil sauce and bake it.
Enjoy the heavenly Lucious tempeh-loaded pizza with your favorite dip.
Khao Soi is a popular Northern Thai noodle made from rice or wheat and served in a very savory coconut milk broth.
The broth is creamy and flavored with red curry paste, ginger, and garlic, giving it an amazing taste.
Thai Tempeh Khao Soi is a spicy Thai coconut curry soup typically created with noodles and chicken.
But the tempeh stands in for animal protein here.
Coconut cream makes it super rich and smooth.
Next time when you plan a Thai dinner try this recipe out and impress your friends and family with the flavorful khao soi and its earthy flavors of tempeh.
Thai and Indonesian-inspired tempeh satay are so scrumptious.
They are infused with a bold blend of flavors mainly including lemongrass, turmeric, peanut butter, and coconut for a hearty and rich flavor.
This secret sauce does the true magic to make this dish incredibly tasty.
It is very easy to make and requires simple ingredients
The good thing is it can be prepared over a grill or in an oven, you don’t always need skewers.
Don’t worry about the flavor, the sauce does its part so beautifully to get the best flavor.
Enjoy it over rice, on salads, in bowls or sandwiches, or just drizzle some peanut sauce and enjoy it as an appetizer!
The bottom line
Tempeh has a very weak taste and it can easily merge with other spices with which it is cooked to make the dish more meaty and chewy.
It is a fantastic alternative to meat.
We have gathered so many cool recipes for you to try.
And why not?
From salads to pasta to sandwiches, each recipe offers a unique taste.
Next time you get your hand on tempeh feel free to try these savory recipes and make your dinner time even more exciting.
For more vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based recipes, here are some more lists for you to check out:
- Fall Vegan Recipes
- Build The Best Vegan Breakfast Menu
- Top 30 Vegan Casseroles
- 21 Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes
- 30 Best Vegan Potluck Ideas
- 23 Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes
- Refreshing Marinated Tempeh Salad
- Creamy Vegan Pasta With Tempeh & Tarragon Sauce
- Grilled Tempeh Greek Salad
- Easy Stir-Fried Tempeh
- Teriyaki Tempeh & Broccoli
- Vegan Tempeh Bolognese
- Coconut Crusted Tempeh With Coconut Rice
- BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
- Tempeh Chickpea Burgers
- Thai Style Tempeh Curry
- Crumbled Tempeh
- Tempeh Tacos
- Vegetarian Cheese Steak
- Tempeh Reuben
- Lemon Garlic Tempeh Pasta
- Garlic Herb Marinated Tempeh
- Smoky Tempeh Pizza
- Thai Tempeh Khao Soi
- Peanut Lemongrass Tempeh Satay
- Find your favorite recipe from our Tempeh Recipes list.
- Gather all the ingredients you need to get cookin’ and chewin’!
- Start cooking and make us proud!