Marinate Tempeh with This Easy To Do Recipe

It is important to marinate tempeh for creating very tasty tempeh recipes. It is simple to do and this. Marinated tempeh is delicious.

Tempeh truly is a nutritious superfood full of health benefits including good protein and vitamin B12.  For vegans, it can be challenging to get enough B12. Beans and lentils are full of good nutrition and have many health benefits but they do not have the essential vitamin B12.  Tempeh has the same protein quality as meat and is helpful in reducing cancer, is a powerful probiotic, helps with weight loss and more. 

How to Marinate Tempeh

First, you need to steam it.

Tempeh is vacuum-sealed and ready-to-eat, but it is good to steam it. It can have a somewhat bitter flavour so steaming it will help to remove that bitterness and make the tempeh softer and easier to work with. Also, the steaming opens its pores making it absorb the marinade and seasonings better.

Then, create marinate with spices of your choice.

Spices for the recipe

Now mix in wet ingredients with the spices.

Marinate made for tempeh.

Next, cut up the tempeh.

Tempeh Sauteed
Tempeh Chopped into Cubes

Choose a shape to cut the tempeh into considering the recipe you will be preparing. You can slice, chop, cube, shred or crumble it. When you shred or crumble it, this will give the tempeh the texture of ground which is great for chilis, soups, sauces, tacos, burgers, and veggie meatballs. Sliced tempeh into long strips is good for barbecued tempeh or for salads. Cut in cubes for salads and stir-fries. Thin rectangles are good for sandwiches.

Marinate Tempeh
Tempeh Marinating

Marinate Tempeh

How to Marinate Tempeh Recipe

It is important to marinate tempeh for creating very tasty tempeh recipes. It is simple to do and this marinated tempeh is delicious.
Author Diana Herrington


  • 1 Block Tempeh 8 oz - 250g
  • 1 Tbsp Umeboshi vinegar Or Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Braggs Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Liquid Aminos or 1/4 tsp stevia


  • Steam the tempeh for 10 minutes.
  • Combine all of the marinate ingredients in a small bowl and whisk them together.
    tempeh marinate
  • Choose a shape to cut the tempeh into.
    Marinated tempeh
  • Now place the tempeh in a dish with a lid or cover it.
  • Pour the marinade over the tempeh, cover it with a lid, and place it in the fridge to marinate for 2 to 8 hours.
  • When you’re ready to create a recipe with it, drain the marinade if there is any to drain and pat the tempeh dry.
  • Now use your marinate tempeh for a favourite recipe.


Optional Additions:
2 cloves of garlic minced 
1 1/2 Tbsp of ginger root peeled and minced
1 tsp Turmeric
(these are in the marinade photo you see above)
Stalk of one lemongrass white part only, finely chopped 
Get some Bragg Seasoning or  Coconut Liquid Aminos and learn about stevia
Now you have a number of options and recipes to make with this tempeh now that it is flavoured.

Add the cooked marinated tempeh to a fresh salad, have it on the side with quinoa or another whole grain, make a stir fry or tempeh burgers. Check out the recipes below. Yum!

Tempeh Recipes Using Marinated Tempeh

Tempeh Sauteed with Spices and Garlic Mixed in with Vegetables

 Tempeh Sauteed with Spices and Garlic For a Special Vegan Dinner -This tempeh sautéed with spices is a super easy dish to add to any vegan dinner. Tempeh is firmer and tastier than tofu with its nutty taste and texture and it is much healthier too making your meal full of easy to digest protein and vitamin B12.  All the ingredients in this meal are very healthy.

Tempeh mariade
Tasty Tempeh Burgers are Vegan and Gluten-free

Tasty Tempeh Burgers are Vegan and Gluten-free– These tempeh burgers are tasty and a very good source of protein for dinner. You can make them into burgers with buns or what I do is have them with a salad or steamed vegetables.

Tempeh Salad with Beets and Sprouts for Dinner –  This is a simple tempeh salad recipe that is easy to make.  It is full of nutrients from the beets, carrots and sprouts, pumpkin seeds and lots of protein from the tempeh which are all tasty superfoods. What makes it extra tasty is the marinated crispy tempeh.  The red sweet beets add a very tasty flavor. If you are very busy and just want a quick meal then simple tempeh will work too.

Tempeh Arugula Salad with Cucumbers is Tasty – This is a simple three-ingredient tempeh arugula salad that is quick to make. It is full of very good easy to digest protein from the tempeh.

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4 thoughts on “Marinate Tempeh with This Easy To Do Recipe”

  1. Thank you for the recipe. I have always been curious about tempeh. I have worked with tofu before and tried a few recipes but never tempeh. I look forward to trying this one as well as your other tempeh recipes.

    1. Diana Herrington

      You are welcome, this is a very good way to get started with tempeh. Look forward to hearing what you made with it.

  2. This looks great! Do you need to cook the marinated tempeh in the oven? Or can you eat it as is.

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