I’ve been getting a lot of questions on tempeh recently. I want to put all my thoughts into a post about it but until then you’ll only get recipes, which is pretty good considering half the time I eat tempeh it’s raw, cold from the fridge. I would not suggest eating it that way if it’s you’re first time; it would be a horrible, bland introduction to something that can be so tasty.
If tofu is soy chicken, tempeh is soy beef. It’s much firmer, earthier and has a chew to it. Naturally it’s a great vegetarian substitute for beef in Asian dishes, like beef and broccoli. Since broccoli was one of the three vegetables I liked growing up(the other being carrots and olives), beef and broccoli was what I always chose on Chinese take-out night. This recipe keeps all those same flavors and textures, but with whole food ingredients anyone can enjoy.
You can substitute rice vinegar in place of apple cider vinegar for a more traditional ingredient list. I like apple cider vinegar here because it replicates the sweet, fruity flavor of plum sauce common in Asian cooking.
Tempeh And Broccoli(inspired by Caitlin)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients(makes 2 servings):
- 1 block of tempeh, diced
- 6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon soy sauce(or wheat-free tamari)
- 2 Tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, preferably toasted
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cups broccoli, steamed
- 1/2 onion, julienned
- 1 bell pepper, julienned(optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine the tempeh, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, agave, and chili powder in a large pan and heat it on a burner set to medium-high.
- Cook for about 5 minutes flipping once until the liquid thickens up like a sauce.
- Add in the broccoli, onion, pepper, and garlic powder. Continue cooking over medium heat until the moisture has boiled off of the pan and the onions turn soft(about 5 minutes).
- Remove from the heat and season with salt. Plate and serve hot.
When this is cooked the tempeh should be fork-tender with a sweet, nutty flavor and fall apart in your mouth. It’s a great introduction to a food that could become your best friend.