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tempeh cubes with bbq sauce in a pan, coated in it.
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10 Minute Skillet BBQ Tempeh

This tasty BBQ Tempeh is ready to eat in just 10 minutes! Serve it with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, with rice or in a sandwich.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Nora Taylor


  • 2 (8-oz) packages tempeh
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 18 oz barbecue sauce *I used Trader Joe's Kansas City Style

Serving suggestions


  • Remove the tempeh from packaging and cut into cubes.
  • Place in a large skillet and add about 1 cup of water, so the tempeh is about half covered. Cover and cook on high heat, steaming the tempeh for about 5 minutes until nearly all of the water has evaporated. Watch closely so it doesn't burn. Steaming the tempeh takes away any bitter flavors.
  • Once the water is nearly evaporated, turn the heat down to medium add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry the tempeh in the oil for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until golden.
  • Now add the entire jar of barbecue sauce and stir to coat. If the tempeh sticks to the pan, use a quality spatula to carefully scrape the pieces off the bottom.
  • Serve immediately with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, rice, or in a sandwich or wrap. Enjoy!


  1. This recipe serves my family of 5 if we have it with rice or mashed potatoes and a vegetable. We usually even have leftovers. 
  2. BBQ tempeh is great for meal prep, it will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and reheats well.
  3. For oil free, simply skip the frying in oil part, and add the bbq sauce straight after steaming the tempeh.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1059mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg