Vegan Barbecue Baked Tempeh Recipe

Barbecue baked tempeh recipe
Baked tempeh photo by Lauren Krohn
    55 mins
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A quick and easy method for making barbecue baked tempeh to use in vegetarian sandwiches, burritos, or just to enjoy plain with rice. If you've ever had baked tofu, you know that it can be one of the most delicious ways imaginable to enjoy a meat substitute, and tempeh is no different. Just like making baked tofu, baked tempeh is relatively quick and easy, and needs just a few simple ingredients and it makes for a high-protein and low-fat dinner entree or snack that just about everyone likes.

This simple recipe bakes tofu in a bit of thinned out barbecue sauce. Because there's little flavor added, aside from the barbecue sauce, this is a recipe where you want to use a good quality barbecue sauce (hint: read the ingredients list and if one of the first things listed is high fructose corn syrup, put it back on the shelf and pick out something better!). If you like things a bit meaty, you might also want to add in a dab of liquid smoke to this recipe, if you happen to have some on hand. 

See also: More tempeh recipes

What You'll Need

  • 1 8-ounce package of tempeh
  • water for simmering
  • 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

How to Make It

First, simmer the tempeh in a bit of water for 8-10 minutes, then drain immediately and allow to cool. You can also use vegetable broth for this if you prefer, and if you happen to have some on hand. 

Once it has fully cooled, slice the tempeh in half width-wise (like a bagel), then in thirds to create six even tempeh patties, or, you can also slice them a bit larger (into just four pieces) if you'll be using your tempeh to make sandwiches.

Whisk together the olive oil and the soy sauce and pour over the tempeh in a small shallow bowl. Allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes, and up to two hours, turning occasionally as needed to evenly coat the tofu. I also like to use a zip-lock bag instead of a shallow bowl for this step. 

When you are ready to cook your tofu, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking pan with foil and transfer the marinated tempeh to a pan. Bake in oven for ten minutes, then remove the pan from the oven.

Using tongs, brush tempeh with barbecue sauce on both sides, then return to the pan. Return tempeh to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has baked on.

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