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The Best Vegan Tempeh Recipes

by Toni Olukiran

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Wondering what tempeh is? We’ve got the lowdown here. Now wondering how to use it? Read on for the best recipes with tempeh as the not-so-secret ingredient. 

Popular in Asian cooking for centuries, particularly Indonesian cuisine where its roots lie, tempeh is also a firm favourite amongst vegans and vegetarians across the globe. Got some in the fridge but don’t know where to start? Here some zingy, flavour-packed and easy recipes to get you cooking with tempeh like a pro. 

Crispy tempeh bowl

tempeh bowl on yellow patterned background

This crispy tempeh bowl makes a great meal, and it can be prepped and cooked in around half an hour. An orange glaze makes the tempeh sticky, sweet and savoury, giving a fakeaway edge that we all love and need in our lives. Paired with some smacked cucumber and sticky sushi rice, this dish is the hero of midweek meals.

Crispy tempeh tacos 

close up of tempeh tacos

Tempeh shows just how versatile it can be in this cultural fusion. The tempeh is crumbled and spiced to give it a crispy, golden crust to add amazing texture to the tacos. Coupled with grilled pineapple salsa, it creates a delicious blend of smoky and sweet flavours as well as soft and crispy textures. It’s really moreish, so if you eat more than your share, don’t blame us! 

Vegan poke bowl

poke bowl

Another dish gets veganised with the best, most delicious results. I present to you this vegan poke bowl, which uses balanced, marinated tempeh cooked in a peanut sesame glaze. Be sure to serve it with a good helping of kimchi, which you can (and should, trust us) make yourself.  It’s simple and crazy delicious — what’s not to like about that?

tempeh curry in bowl

Want your fix of tempeh but don’t want to cook? Add our Tempeh Rendang Curry to your box over at allplants, and we’ll do the work for you! Accompanied with roasted aubergine, baby corn and cauliflower, this curry gives you spiced, fragrant tempeh with no fuss. 


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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