By Lexi Harpin


I’m sure some of you are wondering what tempeh is exactly. If I’m being honest it sounds kind of strange and looks even stranger. Tempeh long story short is a rectangular “block” of fermented soy beans and sometimes contains a grain as well. As a vegan I always heard of it but it took me a few years to get on board. Now of course I am a lover of tempeh and my non-vegan boyfriend is as well! It’s packed with protein and is a great plant-based meat replacement. Tempeh also takes on any flavor you add to it making it very versatile which is always a bonus. I hope this recipe turns you into a tempeh lover just like it did with me!


Ingredients :

  • 1 package plain tempeh
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

Instructions :

  • Cut tempeh block in half crosswise then cut into thin strips (shown above).
  • Whisk together rest of ingredients in a container/bowl large enough to have all the tempeh covered in the marinade. Marinate for AT LEAST 30 minutes, the longer it sits the better it is!
  • Heat up a skillet on medium high heat and add in your tempeh along with the marinade (all of it). Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the marinade is cooked off.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days! Reheat in a slightly oiled pan or the microwave.


  • My favorite way to eat this is on a sandwich with toasted bread, tomato, lettuce, avocado, and vegan mayonnaise. Sometimes I add other veggies as well.
  • Great added on top of salads for some extra flavor/protein, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, etc.


About the Author:

My name is Lexi and I have been vegan for 6 years now! I had a passion for cooking long before I went vegan, but I fell in love with it even more after. My favorite thing to do as a home cook is to create vegan versions of the comfort foods we all know and love. Food is a language to us all and I am here to share that language in a different way than you may know. I aim to create recipes that aren’t intimidating and are actually very similar to the “regular” recipes we all are used to. At the end of the day, food is food! If we can create something delicious and similar to what we are used to, without any of the cruelty, why not?