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baked tempeh on a plate

Easy Baked Tempeh

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


My basic recipe for the most DELICIOUS Easy Baked Tempeh!


Units Scale
  • 1 package of tempeh, roughly 8 oz
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke, optional but highly recommended
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • For the optional sauce: 1/4 cup of water whisked together with 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch


  1. Prepare the tempeh by cutting it into cubes, triangles, or thin slices. See photo above for reference.*
  2. Make the marinade by whisking together the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, liquid smoke, olive oil, and maple syrup in a shallow bowl. Toss in the tempeh and let marinate for 30 minutes or even a few hours.
  3. When ready to cook, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  4. Line the tempeh pieces on one side of the baking sheet and pour about 1/2 teaspoon of the marinade on each piece of the tempeh. As desired, you can reserve the marinade and use it to make a sauce at the end which is what I did. Directions below.
  5. Bake tempeh for 15 minutes*, flipping halfway through.
  6. Optional sauce: whisk together 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water. Mix the remaining marinade and the cornstarch slurry in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. It’ll go from liquid to a thick sauce all of a sudden so make sure to watch it!
  7. Top the tempeh with the sauce and ENJOY!


*if you cut your tempeh into thinner slices, it may not need to bake as long

*this bake time is for the cubes or triangles. If you thinly slice your tempeh, it will likely need a few minutes less time than the recipe calls for so watch it the last 5 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 355
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 679.7 mg
  • Fat: 13.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.2 g
  • Protein: 23.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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