Smoky Marinated Tempeh can be great for breakfast or for lunch in a sandwich. Tempeh is a great source of low calorie vegetable protein, but because it is fermented, it has a strong flavor that not everyone likes. This marinade sorts that out. It gives the tempeh a smoky almost meaty taste. For sandwiches you can marinate the tempeh in a block and simply slice it up as in our photo, or, if you’re looking for more of a bacon substitute, double the marinade recipe and slice the raw block of tempeh into 1/4 inch strips and coat each side. The block tempeh can be sliced and crumbled into rice, or over salads as well as making a very tasty sandwich. Whichever way you make it, it’s really good.
- In a bowl, beat together the smoked paprika, lemon juice, maple syrup and salt. Take the block of tempeh and rub the marinade intro it on all sides. (See Ann’s Tips)
- Put the tempeh into a plastic bag along with any remaining marinade and let sit for at least an hour. Overnight is best.
- Grill or broil over a medium flame on both sides until well browned and cooked through. Thinly slice and use as you want.
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 x 8ounce block of classic pasteurized tempeh
Ann's Tips and Tricks
For more of a bacon substitute, double the marinade recipe and slice the raw block of tempeh into 1/4 inch strips and coat each side and continue from step 2.
Tempeh is a living fermented food and can cross-contaminate other foods if not treated correctly. When using tempeh, treat it as you would meat, that is use a separate cutting board and wash hands, knives or any other kitchen tools that have come into contact with it well.