If you want to add more plant-based protein to your diet, this Simple Baked Tempeh Recipe has your name on it! It uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand and is made in minutes. Tempeh is a lesser known vegan protein made from soybeans. It is versatile and will go well on any vegan lunch or dinner. It's also just a great snack because these crispy, golden, and flavorful bites of tempeh are the best! This is my favorite simple tempeh recipe and it's so delicious!
What is tempeh?
Tempeh is a vegan protein made from cooked and fermented soybeans. Tempeh is commonly used around the world as a protein and meat substitute, especially in Asia! Tempeh contains a ton of plant-based protein, fiber, and is considered very nutritious. Like tofu, it soaks up the flavors of whatever you marinate it in, so as long as you prepare it correctly - it'll be delicious! Because tempeh (and all soy products) can be genetically modified, we recommend purchasing certified organic and non GMO.
Simple Tempeh Marinade Ingredients
- Olive Oil - We use olive oil to coat the baking sheet before placing the tempeh on top and baking in the oven. The olive oil gives the tempeh more flavor and helps it get crispy when baking. Avocado oil will also work.
- Maple Syrup - Maple syrup compliments the coconut aminos in this delicious tempeh marinade.
- Coconut Aminos or Soy Sauce - Coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce flavor the tempeh perfectly.
- Lemon Juice - Helps the flavors of the marinade penetrate the tempeh more.
- Spices - Garlic powder is all you need but feel free to season with salt and pepper before baking the tempeh as well!
- Tempeh - I use the brand LightLife Tempeh - it has a firm texture, stays in tact while cooking, tastes delicious, and is USDA Certified Organic and Non GMO Certified!
How to Marinade Tempeh
Step 1: Slice the tempeh into bite-sized cubes and place them into a bowl.
Step 2: In a small mixing bowl, mix the olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce, and garlic powder together. Pour this mixture over the tempeh. Let this sit for 20 minutes in the fridge.
How To Make Simple Baked Tempeh
Step 1: Preheat the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Use tongs to transfer the marinated tempeh onto the baking sheet.
Step 2: Bake the marinated tempeh for about 20 minutes, turning halfway.
Simple Marinated Baked Tempeh
- baking sheet
- Cutting Board
- medium sized mixing bowl
- small mixing bowl
- 8 oz pack of tempeh
- 2 tablespoon coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
How To Make Marinated Baked Tempeh
- Begin by slicing your tempeh into bite-sized cubes and then transfer them into a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Make your tempeh marinade. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Then, add the maple syrup, coconut aminos, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Mix, and then drizzle this mixture onto the tempeh in the medium bowl. Let the tempeh sit in the marinade for 20 minutes. We recommend refrigerating during this time.
- Preheat your oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and brush it with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. You will want to make sure it's well coated.
- Use tongs to remove the tempeh from the bowl and place them onto the greased baking sheet. Bake in the oven to 10 minutes. Then, carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and use your tongs to flip the tempeh over. Return the tempeh to the oven and continue to bake for another 10 minutes or until they are golden and crisp.
The recipes on Peanut Butter and Jilly can easily be adapted to fit a vegan lifestyle, a gluten-free lifestyle, or both depending on the ingredients you use. Please review the ingredients lists carefully and refer to our recommendations in the Notes of the recipe card to make this recipe compatible with your needs. Nutrition information provided is an estimate, and will vary based on specific brands of ingredients used and cooking methods.