quick meals: spicy ginger tempeh (part two!)

Tempeh is a great-tasting, protein-rich soy product to include into your diet… and this recipe is one of the best ways to do it!

This recipe is a combination of two other recipes already found here on Vibrant Wellness JournalGinger Tempeh Burgers and Tempeh Bacon. All of these recipes feature simple ingredients that you probably have on hand right this moment, but this Spicy Ginger Tempeh is perhaps the most flavorful of them all. Bringing together the flavors of chili, ginger, orange, and apple, it’s really quite good and should be the next recipe you make.

spicy ginger tempeh strips

Spicy Ginger Tempeh

½ cup apple juice
1-2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 Tablespoon fresh orange zest
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon minced garlic (fresh or dried)
½ teaspoon each chili flakes and black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package tempeh, sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons high-heat oil

  1. In a small bowl whisk together apple juice, soy sauce, ginger, orange zest, and tomato paste. Set aside.
  2. Layer tempeh into a baking dish and pour marinade on top. Let marinate at least on hour- but overnight is best!
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add tempeh and cook a few minutes on each side, until browned. Flip tempeh, and add remaining marinade. Cover and cook five minutes more, or until marinade cooks down. Remove from heat and let cool.

Yield: 20+ slices, or 4-6 servings


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  • barb

    I was wondering why you let it cool. How do you eat it? By itself or in soup or stir fry?

    • Hi Barb- You can eat it anyway you like! I usually enjoy alongside greens and brown rice, but you could also layer onto sandwiches, inside wraps, or yes, even in soups! You want to let it cool slightly because the hot sugar from the apple juice can burn your mouth- so just don’t eat it right out of the pan! I will rewrite to make this more clear! Thanks for reading, adb

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