21 Delicious Vegan Tempeh Recipes

Have you ever tried tempeh? This list of vegan tempeh recipes is a great place to start! Learn how to cook tempeh in 21 fun, delicious ways!

21 Delicious Vegan Tempeh Recipes

Who’s ready to eat some TEMPEH?!

If you’re like “uh, what is tempeh?” or not sure how to cook tempeh, then don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve scoured the web for all the BEST tempeh recipes and listed them all here.

There are so many different ways to learn how to make tempeh, so I’ve rounded plenty of different methods so that you can find your favorite! From savory tempeh stir fry recipes, to easy baked tempeh and even air fryer tempeh for a crispy crunch, you’ll find lots of different ways to prepare this plant-based protein.

I’m sure you’ll find a few recipes on this list that tickle your fancy. Pick one out to try this week to start adding tempeh to your plant-based protein rotation!

a bowl of tempeh being marinaded in a teriyaki sauce

What is Tempeh?

Okay, let’s back up… what is tempeh? It’s a fermented soy product that makes for a great meat alternative in sandwiches, stir-fries, soups, you name it! It differs texturally from tofu quite a bit, so if you’re not a fan of tofu, don’t sleep on tempeh! Tempeh has more of a meaty consistency vs. the sponginess of tofu. It crisps up well and makes for a really delicious plant-based meat alternative in stir fries, sheet pan meals, sandwiches and so much more.

I’ve broken down this list into different cooking methods so that you can easily find your favorite method. Dig in and once you try a couple recipes, let me know your favorite!

Have you ever tried tempeh? Try some of these 21 delicious vegan tempeh recipes to enjoy this protein-packed meat substitute. Gluten-free options!

Baked Tempeh Recipes

Tempeh is the perfect plant-based protein to just toss on a sheet tray with some veggies for an easy meal in a pinch. It crisps up nicely in the oven and doesn’t take much time to cook. Whether you’re looking for simple vegan sheet tray recipes, or wanting to get more creative, here are a few of my favorite baked tempeh recipes.

1. Teriyaki Tempeh and Vegetables

a sheet tray full of chopped vegetables and cubed tempeh


2. Baked Sticky Tempeh Potstickers

a plate of vegan pot stickers served with a side of soy sauce


3. Vegan Baked Potato Skins

a plate of vegan tempeh baked potato skins topped with cilantro


4. Wild Rice and Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash

a sheet tray of tempeh stuffed acorn squash halves


5. Sheet Pan Cabbage and Tempeh with Mustard Tahini Vinaigrette from Making Thyme for Health

a sheet tray of cabbage and tempeh


Tempeh Stir Fry Recipes

I love making a tempeh stir fry on a busy week night. Pick a few of your favorite veggies, grab your tempeh and whip up a delicious homemade sauce and you’ve got a flavorful dinner on the table in no time. Here are a handful of my favorite ways to use tempeh in a vegan stir fry.

6. Orange Tempeh Stir Fry

a plate of orange tempeh served with quinoa and broccoli


7. 30 Minute Tempeh Stir Fry from Minimalist Baker

a skillet of vegan stir fry next to a single serving on a plate


8. Tempeh Stir Fry with Peanut Ginger Sauce by Jessica in the Kitchen

a plate of rice and fried tempeh served with broccoli


9. Kimchi Fried Rice with Smoky Tempeh and Broccoli from The First Mess

a plate of vegan tempeh stir fry topped with sliced green onions


Grilled Tempeh Recipes

If you’re looking to switch up your grilling game from the standard veggie burger, then tempeh is the perfect thing to throw into the mix! It grills much better than tofu thanks to its firmer texture. And since tempeh holds less water content than tofu, it holds onto flavors from a marinade really well, making it the ideal plant-based protein for barbecue season! Try out some of these grilled tempeh recipes next time you fire up the grill!

10. Grilled Tempeh Greek Salad by The Savory Vegan

grilled tempeh skewers served on a greek salad


11. Grilled Tempeh with Filipino BBQ Sauce by One Green Planet

a plate of grilled tempeh served with a side salad, a serving of rice and a side of veggies


12. The Best Marinated and Grilled Tempeh Recipe by The First Mess

marinated, grilled tempeh served on a bed of greens


13. Grilled BBQ Tempeh Skewers by Eating Bird Food

two vegetable and tempeh skewers


Pan Fried Tempeh Recipes

This is my go-to method for cooking tempeh. It’s easy to sear in a pan, and lends itself well to simple one pan recipes. Tempeh crisps up really nicely when fried in a pan, especially when coated in all your favorite seasonings!

14. Cajun Rice and Fried Tempeh Skillet

a cajun tempeh rice skillet served with hot sauce


15. Vegan Savory Oatmeal with Tempeh Bacon

a bowl of oatmeal topped with vegan tempeh bacon, avocado and kale


16. Smoky Tempeh Tostadas with Mango Cabbage Slaw

blacked tempeh tacos served with mango, cabbage and avocado


17. Blacked Tempeh with Kale and Avocado from Feasting at Home

a kale salad topped with fried sliced tempeh and avocado


Air Fryer Tempeh Recipes

For that really satisfying crispy crunch, throw your tempeh in the air fryer! This is a great method for making tempeh bacon, which can be used on salads, in BLT’s, or on breakfast bowls. Try one of these air fryer tempeh recipes for a delicious crave-worthy meal.

18. Sriracha Lime Air Fryer Tempeh by Justine Snacks

a bowl of fried tempeh with veggies and fresh herbs


19. Air Fryer Spicy Mango Tempeh by Meatless Makeovers

a plate of fried tempeh served with a mango sauce


20. Chili Rubbed Tempeh Tacos by This Unmillennial Life

two vegan tempeh tacos on a plate served with veggies


21. Air Fryer Tempeh Bacon by The Vegan Larder

a plate of fried tempeh bacon