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glass container with tempeh marinating in a dark sauce

Tempeh Marinade


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

See how easy it is to make TRULY delicious tempeh by marinating it using one of my 6 delicious tempeh marinades!


Ingredients

Units Scale

TERIYAKI MARINADE:

  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

THAI PEANUT MARINADE:

  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 ounces
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger

CILANTRO LIME MARINADE:

  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup/ honey
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

BBQ MARINADE:

  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of liquid smoke (optional)

BALSAMIC MARINADE:

  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

FAJITA MARINADE:

  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 tablespoons chili powder
  • Optional: dash of liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. Prep your tempeh: Remove from packaging and slice the tempeh as desired. I show you lots of different ways to cut it HERE. I usually go with simple cubes.
  2. Make the marinade: I like to whisk together my marinade directly in the dish/ bag that I plan to marinate the tempeh in. A plastic bag, silicone bag, or really any kind of shallow resealable container works well. Add all of the ingredients (minus the tempeh) and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Add the tempeh: add in your tempeh pieces and let marinate for 30 minutes or even overnight. Ideally this will marinate for a good few hours but even just 30 minutes makes a big difference.
  4. Cook as desired and ENJOY! Read my post HERE detailing all the different ways to cook tempeh. As desired, you can use the leftover marinade to make a sauce for your tempeh (this works with all of the marinades EXCEPT the peanut marinade). Add it into a saucepan with a cornstarch slurry (2 tablespoons of water + 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch) and cook over medium heat until thickened (about 3-5 minutes). It makes for a great sauce to put on top of the tempeh!

Notes

  • These marinades work well for tofu as well!
  • Once the tempeh is in the marinade, you can freeze it (sitting in the marinade) and leave it in the freezer for up to 6 months. When ready to eat, simply place it in the fridge to thaw and cook as desired.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Marinade
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tempeh, tempeh marinade, marinade