When it comes to vegetarian sources of protein, tempeh is tofu’s hippie cousin. You know the cousin who shows up to every family function wearing Birkenstocks and waxes rhapsodic about the year he spent following Phish around the country? Yeah, like that. Tempeh is made from fermented soy beans and it packs in 31 grams of protein per cup, so it’s a great addition to any vegetarian diet–but it can be a little bit intimidating at first if you haven’t cooked with it before. These 20 delicious ways to use tempeh will help give you some ideas!
BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches
Slathered in barbecue sauce, tempeh makes an easy substitute for meat in BBQ sandwiches.
Tempeh Edamame Salad Rolls
Spabettie folds tempeh and edamame into summer roll wrappers--perfect for a light dinner or lunch!
Buffalo Tempeh Tacos
Tempeh in tacos isn't a new idea, but Steph in Thyme's Buffalo version is a spicy spin on a classic.
Sweet and Sour Tempeh
Thinly slicing tempeh, like in this Sweet and Sour Tempeh recipe, allows sauces to penetrate more easily.
Star Anise Glazed Tempeh
This glazed tempeh recipe from Eats Well With Others is packed with exotic flavor.
Lemongrass Curry with Broccoli & Tempeh
Try something different and add tempeh to your next curry! Beard and Bonnet shows you how.
Taco Stuffed Zucchini
Crumbled tempeh makes an easy taco "meat" for stuffing into zucchini.
Tempeh and butternut squash make this chili from Food Confidence filling and healthy.
Tempeh Bacon Carbonara
And did we mention that tempeh is a great substitute for bacon? We love this carbonara recipe from Delish Knowledge.
Kung Pao Veggies
Vegetables and tempeh are swapped in for chicken in this meatless version of Kung Pao.
Tempeh & Black Bean Taco Salad
Between the tempeh and the black beans, this taco salad from Cafe Johnsonia is a great source of protein.
Veggie & Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Everyone loves a sloppy joe! Crumbled tempeh is the perfect substitute for ground beef in this recipe.
Lemony Roasted Broccoli and Tempeh
This easy dinner from The Muffin Myth features broccoli, tempeh and quinoa.
Quinoa with Tempeh, Sweet Potatoes and Tahini-Miso Sauce
A big plate full of vegetarian goodness.
Mock Tuna Salad
Ground beef isn't the only meat that tempeh can be subbed in for--An Edible Mosaic uses it to make a vegan tuna salad!
Cuban Fried Quinoa
Smoky tempeh adds substance to this tropical fried quinoa recipe.
Pasta with Tempeh Sausage
An Avocado a Day uses tempeh as sausage in this hearty pasta recipe.
Brussels Sprout, Tempeh & Soba Noodle Skillet
Tempeh also makes a great addition to any stir fry!
Tempeh Reuben Bowls
Connoisseurus Veg took reubens, made them vegan and put them in a bowl.
Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs
These meatballs are just like the retro party favorite, but they're vegan!
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