ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tempeh Recipes

Updated on October 1, 2013

Tempting Tempeh

Tempeh is a very handy ingredient for the vegetarian cook. I was first introduced to it when I was living in a housing co-op where we shared`vegetarian dinners. I learned it made a handy stir fry. A little later, I discovered it was a good thing to put into a sandwich.

Tempeh can also be used in place of meat in a number of recipes. I wouldn't say it is tastes like meat, but it's more savory than its cousin, tofu, and it has more texture. It doesn't necessarily need a marinade, but there are certainly options if you're a fan of soaking and letting the flavors mingle.

You don't need to follow a recipe when you cook with tempeh. The only thing thing you need to know is that it is probably safer if you do cook it a little. It's a traditional Indonesian food, but goes well in other Asian cuisine. These cuisines are probably the easiest to work with if you're not used to using it. If you're bold, you can add tempeh to recipes from around the world. If you're an aficionado of exotic recipes, or you're just not quite sure what to do with tempeh, I've included some recipes.

Pita Sandwich
Pita Sandwich

Here is a simple recipe for a tempeh pocket sandwich. Most of the ingredients are from Trader Joe's. An exception would be the sea vegetables which came from the refrigerator section of the food co-op. They are very salty and keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.

You don't need to follow the recipe exactly. The important thing to keep in mind is that it can get too salty if you're not careful. You'll want to rinse the seaweed very well. The easiest thing to go with, seasoning-wise, is Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning. It has whole peppercorns, coriander seeds, and mustard seeds and can be ground directly onto your food. it does contain some salt, though. If you use it, you may want to omit the Bragg's. If you go with coriander and black pepper separately, the Bragg's is a nice touch.


  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 1 cup frozen mixed bell peppers
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated sea vegetables (well rinsed)
  • 2 large whole wheat pita pockets
  • sesame oil
  • Freshly ground pepper and coriander
  • or Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning
  • Bragg's Liquid Aminos (optional)
  • A few leaves of shredded dark greens (optional)


  1. Mince the garlic. Slice tempeh thin and, optionally, dash with a bit of diluted Braggs. Add garlic and seasoning.
  2. Generously grease a skillet with sesame oil.
  3. Sautee peppers on medium. When they're mostly defrosted, toss in the tempeh and seaweed.
  4. Continue cooking until the ingredients start to brown. Optionally, add a few leafy greens before removing from heat.
  5. Spoon everything into pita bread. It should make four generous half sandwiches.
Cast your vote for Tempeh Sandwich

Video: Tempeh Stir Fry - A Nutritious Option

Here is an excellent introduction to tempeh stir fry. This cook uses shitake mushrooms and asparagus, so it's not the cheapest stir fry on the block. He is a fan of coconut oil, which may be more of a traditional Indonesian accompaniment. I am used to using sesame oil, which gives a strong flavor. He uses a combination of water and Tamari sauce -- I generally use Bragg's.

As the cook notes, a bit of flaxseed flour can add some nutrition. Another minor difference -- I like to throw in some whole flax seeds. Once you've got the basic idea, you can vary things quite a bit.

Tried Tempeh?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Not even noon and I am tempted to give this a try. I like salty anything and nature spiced is the best. Thank you for sharing this with the FoodLovers group, I'll be adding it to my upcoming best of sandwich lens too. *Blesses and eatured on


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)