Hoisin Peanut Tempeh

Tempeh marinated in a savory peanut sauce and cooked to crispy, hearty perfection. Vegan, 7 ingredients, and great in salads, wraps, and bowls!

Let’s talk about tempeh. I post a lot of tofu and lentils/bean-based recipes here, but I realized I haven’t been giving tempeh the love it deserves. That’s because I wasn’t a huge tempeh fan until recently. When I first tasted it, I thought it was bitter, dry, and really dense, and I had no idea how to cook with it! I would just throw it into stir fries hoping it would absorb the flavors just like that, but obviously it requires a little more patience and effort (but just a little). The key to great-tasting tempeh? Marinate! All you need is a tasty sauce and the forethought the plan ahead. Then you’ll realize that tempeh is actually a delicious, hearty protein that you absolutely need in your weekly meals!

HOISIN PEANUT TEMPEH INGREDIENTS

This tasty tempeh dish is made with just 7 ingredients:

  • Tempeh ⟶ Depending on the brand and how it’s cooked, tempeh can have a slightly bitter flavor. If you’re sensitive to this, steam the tempeh first, before marinating, to remove any bitterness. However, I have found that if you marinate the tempeh long enough (overnight or at least 8 hours), the marinade flavors overpower the bitterness.
  • Peanut Butter ⟶ I used unsweetened and unsalted. If yours is sweetened, you may want to add more lime juice to balance out the sweetness. If your peanut butter is salted, start with 1 tsp of soy sauce and adjust to taste.
  • Hoisin Sauce ⟶ a thick and flavorful sweet & salty sauce common in Chinese cuisine
    • GF OPTION: typically contains wheat but many brands now make gluten-free sauces, so check the ingredients list and look for the “gluten-free” label
  • Soy Sauce ⟶ adds salty, umami flavor
  • Lime Juice ⟶ adds a fresh, tangy flavor to balance out the sweet and salty
  • Garlic Powder ⟶ or use minced fresh garlic, 1 large clove or 2 small
  • Ground Ginger ⟶ or use minced or grated fresh ginger, about a ½” piece

HOW TO SERVE HOISIN PEANUT TEMPEH

This marinated tempeh is a great protein-packed main dish. To round out your meal, serve it with a grain (rice, noodles, bread, etc.) and some veggies.

Here are some of my favorite ways to serve this peanut tempeh:

  • with rice and sautéed/steamed/grilled veggies
  • in spring rolls
  • on top of salads (like somen salad!)
  • on ramen
  • in wraps with whole grain tortillas and fresh or grilled veggies
  • in buddha bowls with rice/quinoa, fresh or cooked veggies, avocado, and a tasty sauce

HELPFUL COOKING TOOLS

  • Air Fryer ⟶ or you can bake them in the oven, but an air fryer is great for smaller amounts and quicker cooking time!

STILL HUNGRY?

Check out these other tempeh recipes!

And more air-fryer meals!

I hope I’ve inspired you to make this marinated hoisin peanut tempeh! If you try it out, don’t forget to tag me in your photos on instagram @ellielikes.cooking, leave a comment/rating down below, and let me know how you liked it! I love seeing all of your tasty recreations 🙂 Happy cooking ♡

Hoisin Peanut Tempeh

Tempeh marinated in a savory peanut sauce and cooked to crispy, hearty perfection. Vegan, 7 ingredients, and great in salads, wraps, and bowls!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinade Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 8oz block tempeh
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Cut tempeh into triangles, strips, or cubes. To remove the bitterness, you can steam the tempeh first. This is optional and I find it unnecessary if you marinate the tempeh overnight.
  • Mix together remaining ingredients. Add extra water as needed to thin the sauce for marinating.
  • Place tempeh in a container or zip lock bag and pour marinade over. Mix the tempeh around so all sides get coated in sauce. Marinate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • AIR FRYER: Air-fry at 350°F for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Brush on any remaining marinade and cook for another minute.
  • OVEN: Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes. Brush on any remaining marinade.

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