Teriyaki Tempeh


  • 1 package organic tempeh
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil (I used Colavita’s extra-virgin olive oil)
  • Tempeh marinade
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable broth
    • 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free) (Regular tamari was way too salty but reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari was much better)
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Teriyaki Sauce
    • 4 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free) (I used reduced-sodium tamari)
    • 1 teaspoon sesame or olive oil (I used toasted sesame oil)
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon sriracha or hot sauce (I used sriracha)
    • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (I used rice wine vinegar)
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke-optional (I used mesquite liquid smoke)
  • Toppings
    • Sesame seeds
    • Sliced scallions


  1. Cut tempeh into triangles (I got 4 from each slab) or squares and steam in a steamer basket for 10 minutes (optional). (I didn’t steam.)
  2. Add all ingredients for marinade into bowl and whisk together.
  3. Place tempeh into dish and pour marinade over it. Marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Place olive or coconut oil in a pan and sear the tempeh 3-5 minutes on each side until crispy.
  5. Mix teriyaki sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
  6. Once tempeh is cooked, add tempeh to teriyaki sauce, covering the tempeh.
  7. Take tempeh out of the sauce (leaving the extra sauce in the bowl) and add back to pan.
  8. Heat tempeh again for about 30 seconds on each side to caramelize the sauce on the tempeh.
  9. Turn off heat and pour the remaining sauce over the tempeh in pan. Leave for about a minute for the rest of the sauce to thicken a bit.
  10. Serve and top with sesame seeds and scallions (was optional but I did use both of them.)

Serves 2 (or 4 smaller portions)

I love this recipe for how easy it is to make and how delicious it tastes. There is a little bit of saltiness to it but it gets balanced out by the scallions. The sesame seeds don’t add any flavor or texture but it does make the dish look prettier !

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I wasn’t paid in any form to promote Colavita.

Take care y’all !

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