12 Top Tempeh Recipes for Simple Meatless Dinners
If you like tofu, you'll love these top-rated recipes for quick dinners featuring tempeh.
What is tempeh? A terrific vegetarian source of protein, tempeh is fermented, cooked soybeans formed into little cakes that are dry and firm. Because it's firm, sliced tempeh holds together well during cooking. Nutty, earthy-flavored tempeh boasts more protein, fiber, and calories than tofu, which is also made from soybeans (soybean curds pressed into blocks of varying firmness).
Can you substitute tempeh in your favorite tofu recipes? Certainly. Meanwhile, here are 12 top-rated main dish recipes that call for tempeh.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
A vegetarian version of the classic: "This is a combination of many recipes and experimentation," says Aberdeen Smith. "It can also be made with TVP, ground turkey, or even ground beef instead of tempeh."
Tempeh Kabobs with Moroccan Couscous
Give squares of tempeh a soak in a quick honey and soy marinade. Add them to skewers with vegetables, grill or broil, and serve with a Moroccan-style couscous. "Delicious dinner," says Karen B. "This tasty meal was also fun and easy to make and will definitely become a 'go to.'"
"Traditional seasonings, traditional taste," says veggiesdontbite. "Authentic Greek cooking at its finest."
Here's a cheesy black bean and crumbled tempeh enchilada casserole that takes no time to prep. This delicious vegetarian casserole is ready in about an hour!
These vegetarian meatballs are made with tempeh and plenty of seasonings. Great with spaghetti or on a submarine sandwich. "I was so happy when these worked out!" says kimberly. "I've used them with pasta and marinara and also on a sub. Yum!"
Smokey Vegetarian Cuban Black Bean Soup
This hearty Cuban-inspired black bean soup features tempeh, veggies, and a splash of rum. "This is a hearty and delicious soup even a meat-eater would love," says MSTRECKE. "Even better the second day. Substitute a poblano pepper for jalapeno pepper if desired."
Vegan Banh Mi
"Your favorite Vietnamese sandwich has gone vegan, served in a bowl. Classic ingredients are replaced with vegan alternatives and you get to eat it with a fork," says Buckwheat Queen. "Refrigerate any of the leftover vegan fish sauce for other recipes that call for fish sauce or oyster sauce."
Tempeh and veggies are sauteed with soy sauce and lime juice. Serve with tortillas, refried beans, and rice. "This quick and delicious recipe uses tempeh (cultured tofu) instead of meat for a healthy, tasty alternative," says KALISA.
Tempeh BLT (TLT)
"Here is a great alternative to BLTs with all the flavor and none of the meat," says Stacey. While tempeh has a texture different from bacon, I like it better than any of the fake bacon products I've tried."
Tempeh mixes it up with potatoes, eggplant, broccoli, green beans, zucchini, crushed tomatoes, and garbanzo beans. "I've always loved ratatouille and I decided to make up my own hearty version," says Lauren Silver. "The veggies listed can be changed/ substituted according to what you have in your refrigerator and/or what's in season."
Vegan Coconut Tempeh with Mushrooms
Tempeh is pan-fried and then cooked with mushrooms, tomatoes, and coconut milk. Serve over rice. This is a great vegan main dish.