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Smoky Tempeh Marinade

If you’ve been looking for a great vegan alternative to bacon with a perfectly balanced smoky flavor– look no further. This super simple BBQ tempeh marinade combined with the soaking ability of tempeh is going to change your breakfast table forever.

Smoky Marinated Tempeh

I have to say; tempeh is one of the best discoveries I’ve made in the last year. Its ability to soak up flavors, its texture, and adaptability make it an excellent vegan meat alternative.

To put the versatility of tempeh to the test, I experimented with flavor by creating a delicious smoky marinade that would impersonate one of the west’s most loved cured meats – bacon.

The best thing about this tempeh marinade is how quick and simple it is. In only a few minutes of your precious time you will create a sensational vegan alternative to bacon that you can use as a side to any meal, a garnish, or all by itself as a healthy, protein rich snack.

Smoky Tempeh on a Plate with a Little Bowl of MarinadeWhat Is Smoky Tempeh Marinade Made Of?

If you’re not yet familiar with how to make tempeh, let me introduce you to your new best vegan friend.

Tempeh is made with fermented soybeans making it very nutritious and protein rich.

It is an excellent source of vegan probiotics, vitamins and dietary fiber. Its also very versatile.

For example, one of my favorite ways of using it is as a ground beef substitute in my Tempeh Vegan Taco Meat recipe.

Only a few key ingredients are required to make a mouth-watering marinade that will transform your simple tempeh into a smoky vegan bacon alternative.

The great thing is that you very likely already have all the ingredients in your cupboards just waiting to be mixed together.

Tempeh Marinade Being Poured over Sliced Tempeh

How to Make Smoky Tempeh Marinade

Like I said, this BBQ tempeh marinade is so incredibly simple. All you will need is one bowl, a spoon or fork for mixing, two minutes and the following ingredients:

  • Soy sauce;
  • Sesame oil;
  • Maple syrup;
  • Sriracha;
  • Smoked paprika;
  • Garlic powder;
  • Salt and pepper ;
  • (optional) 1 tsp Marmite
  1. Combine all the ingredients EXCEPT the tempeh in one large bowl.
  2. Set aside three tablespoons of the marinade for serving.
  3. Add the tempeh slices and coat each one evenly.
  4. Place the BBQ tempeh into the fridge and marinate for 20 – 60 minutes.
  5. Cook as you so desire (bake or pan fried) and drizzle with the reserved three tablespoons of marinade.
    Enjoy!

Marinated Tempeh in a Frying Pan and on a Baking Tray

Since tempeh is tasty, healthy and versatile, consider using it in other dishes as a meat alternative. 

If you’ve been won over to the tempeh fan club, then I have some great tempeh recipes that you’ll love. One of which is a twist on the classic comfort food: Vegan Sloppy Joes.

Cook’s Tips

  • This recipe works well with batch cooking. The marinade keeps well in the fridge in a closed jar for up to 1 month.
  • Consider making marinated tempeh a day ahead. You can marinate the tempeh for up to 24 hours.
  • If the marinade is too thick, add a few teaspoons of water.
  • For more creative recipe ideas check these 20 best tempeh recipes.

Recipe Variations

  • Avocado oil or other neutral oils can be substituted for sesame oil. If you don’t want to use oil, add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the marinade instead.
  • Use agave syrup or other sweetener of your choice instead of the maple syrup.

Tempeh Marinade in a Jar with a Spoon

Make sure to check my ultimate guide on how to cook tempeh that I put together and discover more delicious ways to cook tempeh!

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Smoky Tempeh Marinade

If you’ve been looking for a great vegan alternative to bacon with a perfectly balanced smoky flavor– look no further. This super simple BBQ tempeh marinade combined with the soaking ability of tempeh is going to change your breakfast table forever.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword tempeh marinade, tempeh recipe, vegan bacon, vegan tempeh bacon
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 102kcal
$3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients except tempeh in a large bowl. Keep 1 tablespoon of the marinade for serving. Add tempeh slices and coat evenly. Let marinate for 20-60 minutes in the fridge. Then cook as desired and drizzle with the reserved sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition information includes tempeh and is calculated per serving.

Cook’s Tips

  • This recipe works well with batch cooking. The marinade keeps well in the fridge in a closed jar for up to 1 month.
  • Consider making marinated tempeh a day ahead. You can marinate the tempeh for up to 24 hours.
  • If the marinade is too thick, add a few teaspoons of water.
  • For more creative recipe ideas check these 20 best tempeh recipes.

Recipe Variations

  • Avocado oil or other neutral oils can be substituted for sesame oil. If you don’t want to use oil, add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the marinade instead.
  • Use agave syrup or other sweetener of your choice instead of the maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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Lorenza

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Hi following your recipe for the marinade gives me about 4 liquid tablespoons (1 tbs each soy, oil, maple) total? How do I reserve 3 for later? Sorry if it is a stupid question

Elena Szeliga

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Hi Lorenza, thank you for asking this! There was a typo that I just corrected - instead of 3 tbsp please keep 1 (and use 3 for marinating). Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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