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Smoky Marinated Tempeh

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 10 min prep
Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min total
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 5 ingredients

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...


  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) block of classic pasteurized tempeh
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Nutrition Facts


129 cals


6 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

2 g


10 g


4 g


1 g


11 g


165 mg


  1. 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 Chef Tips.)
  2. Put the tempeh into a plastic bag along with any remaining marinade and let sit for at least an hour. Overnight is best.
  3. Grill or broil over a medium flame on both sides until well browned and cooked through. Thinly slice and use as you want.

Chef Tips

For more of a bacon substitute, double the marinade recipe and slice the raw block of tempeh into ¼ 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.

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