Recipe of The Week: Sesame-Ginger Tempeh

Tempeh is one of our favorite vegetarian sources of protein and I am always looking for new and interesting ways to season it up.  My husband being a huge fan of Asian flavors requested I make him something with a little Asian flare and I create this dish which is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty and savory flavors. The recipe serves four and if there is just one or two of you I suggest making the full recipe because the leftovers are delicious in a sandwich or on top of a salad.  You could even cut it up and throw it in a stir fry.

Sesame-Ginger Tempeh

The marinade in this recipe works well for seitan, portobello mushrooms, and tofu as well.  Also take a look at step four of the directions, you will find three different ways to cook up your tempeh. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6


  • 16oz tempeh, cut into 4 wedges
  • ¾ cup water
  • Marinade:
    • ¼ cup tamari
    • ¼ cup sesame oil
    • ¼ cup rice vinegar
    • ¼ cup maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
    • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1-2 teaspoons sriracha or ¼-1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional, add if you like a little spice)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, whites and greens, thinly sliced


  1. Place tempeh and water in a saute pan medium heat and cover and cook for 7-10minutes.
  2. While the tempeh is cooking mix together the marinade in a large shallow bowl.
  3. Remove the tempeh and place in the marinade, making sure to coat all sides. Let marinade for 30 minutes.
  4. Pan Fry: Coat the bottom of a skillet with a thin layer of oil over medium heat.  Place the tempeh in the hot oil and saute on each side for 3-5 minutes. Bake: Preheat your oven to 375F. Place the tempeh and any remaining marinade in an oven proof dish and bake for 15-20 minutes. Grill: Heat your grill and make sure to lightly oil the grates. Place the tempeh on the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  5. Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and scallions.

3 thoughts on “Recipe of The Week: Sesame-Ginger Tempeh

  1. This looks fabulous and I’ve added to my “weekly dinner plan” for next week.

    I’m a tempeh newbie and need to ask a simple question. After you cook the tempeh in water, is it be ok to marinate the tempeh overnight?

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