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Marinated Tempeh

The most incredible and flavor packed Marinated Tempeh. Never eat bland tempeh again!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian-inspired
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Nora Taylor



  • Prepare the tempeh: Remove tempeh from packages and steam for 10 minutes as whole blocks. slice into small triangles or cubes.
  • Make the marinade: In a shallow dish (such as a 9x13 inch dish) add the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and olive oil. Whisk right in the dish to combine.
  • Marinate tempeh: Add the sliced tempeh to the shallow dish and toss to coat each piece in the marinade. Cover and let the tempeh marinate for at least an hour and up to 24 hours for more flavor. The longer you let it sit, the more flavorful it will be. Stir and toss the cubes a few times during marinating.
  • Cook: Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet. Add the tempeh pieces, leaving the extra marinade in the dish for now. Cook until a little golden brown on each side, flipping often with a spatula.
  • To finish: Pour the extra marinade from the large dish into a small bowl, and whisk in the cornstarch. Immediately add the sauce to the tempeh in the pan and stir constantly, until the sauce thickens and the tempeh is coated in the sauce.
  • Serve: Remove from heat and serve with basmati rice, mashed potatoes, potato wedges and perhaps some steamed kale or roasted brussels sprouts.


  1. Gluten free: Make sure the tempeh you buy is gluten free and not made with barley or gluten containing products. Check the ingredients list carefully. And substitute gluten free tamari for the soy sauce.
  2. I recommend Grand Reserve Balsamic Vinegar. It's so tasty and high quality at a reasonable price. My local grocery store carries it, as well as Whole Foods and many other stores.
  3. Oil free: If needed, leave out the olive oil. Use a quality non-stick pan for frying, or bake instead on a parchment lined baking sheet. 350 degrees for 15 minutes, flip and bake 15 minutes more. Coat with the thickened sauce after coming out of the oven.


Serving: 1of 4 servings | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 24.5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg