Tempeh Recipes

Vegetarian "Beef" Pizzaiola

This is a twist on an old classic that I grew up on. I swapped out the beef, of course, and used Tempeh. I also needed something quick and easy so I gabbed a can of spiced tomatoes. For such a quickie recipe it came out delicious.


String beans 1/2 lb.
8 ounces Tempeh
16 Oz. can of Muir Glen, Organic Diced Tomatoes: Fire Roasted with Medium Green Chillies
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Add olive oil to hot pan. Allow to heat up and then add Tempeh.
  2. Cook Tempeh on both sides until light brown.
  3. While you're doing that, steam the string beans for about 5 to 7 minutes. This will speed up the cooking process when you add them to the sauce.
  4. Add the tomatoes and string beans to the pan with the Tempeh.
  5. Cook on low heat until water from tomatoes reduces.

Vegetarian, Faux Crab and Veggie Cakes

I made these delicious faux crab cakes this weekend. The prepping took a bit of time but it was worth it. They're crunchy on the outside and nice and moist on the inside; just perfect.

This will make eight, small crab cakes.


One 8-ounce package tempeh, or 4 ounces of tempeh and half of a 15 ounce can of chickpeas 1/3 cup finely diced yellow onion
1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup finely diced celery
2 teaspoon capers, drained and chopped
2 tablespoon chopped, fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 and 1/4 teaspoons kelp powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 large beaten egg
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
3/4 cup, whole-wheat Panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon wedges to squeeze on top — optional, but good


  1. Steam the tempeh for approximately 25 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, finely dice the pepper, onion, and celery.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and add the diced vegetables. Cook until the vegetables are soft and the onions are transparent. This will take approximately eight minutes. When done, pull off the heat and let cool.
  4. Once the tempeh has cooled, place in a bowl and either use your fingers, a fork, or a potato masher to create a mashed consistency. If using chickpeas, mash those, too.
  5. Add to the mashed tempeh the cooled vegetables, Dijon mustard, kelp powder, cayenne, 1 teaspoon Old Bay, a pinch of salt and pepper, Capers, Parsley, beaten egg and approximately 1/4 cup breadcrumbs.

  6. Note: add the breadcrumbs slowly. If the mixture is very wet you may need to add the full 1/4 cup. If not, add just the amount needed to allow cakes to stay together.

  7. Mix together half a cup breadcrumbs and one teaspoon of Old Bay and dredge the cakes in the mixture. (if not sticking well, or want a crispier cake, can dredge cakes in beaten egg before adding to the breadcrumbs.
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in frying pan.
  9. Over medium heat, cook vegetarian crab cakes for approximately three to four minutes on each side, or until browned.
  10. Serve with lemon wedges and sprinkle with Old Bay seasonings.

I got my inspiration for the recipe above from the cookbook, "The Sexy Vegan Cookbook," by Brian L. Patton. Great book.

Teriyaki Tempeh with Portobello mushrooms

This recipe has all the elements I love in a good vegetarian dish. It's fast, delicious, versatile and has a complete protein — Tempeh.


Tempeh (approx 6 ounces or 1/2 standard package)
2 large Portobello mushrooms or 1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
1 tbs. Olive Oil

Teriyaki Sauce*

1 tsp. grated, fresh ginger
1 crushed garlic clove
2 tbs. soy sauce
s 1 tsp. cornstarch or arrowroot
1 tbs. xylitol
pinch of crushed red pepper


  1. Prepare teriyaki sauce. In a bowl combine soy sauce, xylitol, ginger, crushed garlic (do not add cornstarch yet). Mix well.
  2. For the Tempeh, there are two cuts you’re going to make. Slice the tempeh in half to make it thinner. Then cut into triangles.
  3. Marinate tempeh in teriyaki mixture for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Because it's thin, it will absorb the marinade quickly.
  4. After removing tempeh from teriyaki, add the cornstarch. This will thicken the sauce as it cooks.
  5. Heat up the pan over medium head, preferably non-stick, and add olive oil.
  6. While pan is heating, clean and slice portobello mushrooms.
  7. Cook tempeh in pan on both sides until it starts to color. Then add mushrooms and stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add the teriyaki sauce to the pan and mix until tempeh and mushrooms are completely coated, and the sauce has thickened.
  9. Remove from heat the enjoy on top of a bed of Quinoa!
  10. *The teriyaki sauce is adapted from a recipe in " Good Food Made Simple, Vegetarian," published by Paragon Inc.

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