Barbecue Flavored Tempeh

Balsamic Maple Glazed Tempeh

Tempeh, I believe, really needs to be flavored strongly to mask its slightly earthy, slightly bitter natural taste.  That’s why it works so well with strong Mexican flavors, as in my Mexican Lasagna and Crockpot Southwest White Chili.  This tempeh preparation is yummy because it tastes like it’s had some barbecue sauce poured over top, but there’s no barbecue sauce in this recipe!  Try this one out on your husband and kids; it’s sure to surprise them.

This recipe is adapted from Meghan’s Balsamic Maple Glazed Tempeh.




Barbecue Flavored Tempeh
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Barbecue Flavored Tempeh
Recipe type: Faux Meat
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 8-oz package tempeh, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 2 Tbs tamari (can sub soy sauce)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried tarragon (optional)
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
  1. Whisk ingredients, balsamic vinegar through tarragon, together in a bowl. Do NOT add arrowroot powder/cornstarch yet!
  2. Submerge tempeh cubes, cover, and marinate for 2-24 hours.
  3. When ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Pour sauce and cubes into an 8x8 glass dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, stir cubes around, and continue baking for another 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and transfer just the cubes to plates or the serving dish.
  7. Pour the sauce into a small saucepan, add arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and whisk until thick.
  8. Pour over cubes and serve. This preparation is a delicious way to top a salad,as well!

One Response to “Barbecue Flavored Tempeh”

  1. Tammy Hanson says:

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