Tempeh Teryiaki

Yesterday, I learned:

  •    My twitter friends are amazing problem solvers
  •    How to spell teriyaki
  •    There is no shame in buying bottled sauce, instead of making your own

A guy friend was coming over for dinner last night, which means I needed a man-friendly vegetarian recipe. Fast.

So I sent out a tweet for help.

Lucky for me, I got lots of suggestions! Nicole suggested teriyaki, and I was totally up for that! I was looking up recipes to make my own teriyaki sauce, but… we ended up just buying a bottle of sauce.

What can I say? I like shortcuts.

So this meal turned out to be super simple, yet filling and delicious. Oh, you want to try it? Well lucky for you, I remember what I did:

Tempeh Teryiaki

  •    1 package of Lightlife tempeh
  •    1 bottle of teryiaki sauce
  •    3 cups broccoli
  •    4 tbsp olive oil
  •    1 cup of brown rice
  •    pinch of ginger
  •    pinch of garlic
Start by heating up some olive oil in a sauce pan. Slice up your tempeh into 1 inch strips, and spread it out in your pan.

Cook the tempeh in the olive oil, until it starts to brown on the edges.

You may need to add extra olive oil as you cook it. Once the tempeh starts to brown, add in about 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce and let it simmer.

While you’re cooking the tempeh, find a guy to cook up some broccoli.

In a separate skillet, steam your broccoli however you like. We cooked ours in some olive oil, but you could also just use water. We added a pinch of garlic and a pinch of ginger, and just cooked it over medium heat until it started to soften. Then we added another 1/4 cup of teryiaki sauce.

In one more sauce pan, cook 1 cup of brown rice. (We used Minute rice, because we were hungry…) and toss it all on a plate.

Then dig in! It’s like take-out… except better. And healthier. Nice.

This could totally be a new rotation in the last-minute-dinner rotation. Maybe I’ll start switching things up 😉

In other news, I tried making some gluten-free cookies for my gluten-adverse name twin.

So stay tuned people!

Do you use Twitter? This isn’t the first time I’ve used it to solve a problem. Earlier this week, Bonnie gave me the tip of using gum to fix my broken shoe when I was at work. And yes, it worked, because that girl knows everything. P.S. You can follow me on twitter at @iheartveggies

Are you doing anything fun for the 4th of July? I have lots of cookouts to attend, and sun to soak up!

<3 Liz


  1. So glad you’ve posted this recipe, just managed to find some tempeh (difficult to get hold of in the UK!) and I was looking for some inspiration, thanks!

  2. Looks like you cooked up a great man-friendly meal! I do have twitter, and I just followed you 🙂

  3. Seriously teryaki flavor is one of my favorties. Ive never tried tempeh, but this recipe sounds incredible!

  4. oh yum, I haven’t have teryaki in forever, but I love it and need to make something with it soon!

  5. I’ve only tried making tempeh at home once after tasting it at a Whole Foods demo (loved it there!) but wasn’t a fan of however I prepared it at home… however this stir fry looks enticing and maybe I’ll have to give it another try! Have a wonderful holiday weekend – hoping these sunny skies continue for us! 🙂

  6. Mmm, teriyaki tempeh! I just made teriyaki tofu, only with homemade sauce, but I really want to try this, it looks so easy!

  7. Great way to use tempeh, love it. And there is nothing wrong with pre-made sauces–I love Trader Joe’s Teriyaki sauce. Big fan of stir-frying with store-bought hoisin sauce as well. So easy! And sometimes that’s juuust right. I’m not a Twitter-er, but sounds like a good source of ideas 😀

  8. YUM! this look delicious! I don’t have any fun plans for the 4th just sitting around and hopefully enjoying the sunshine if it’s around 🙂

  9. I have never tried tempeh but your recipe makes it look so yummy!

  10. I use bottled sauces quite a lot. No shame! It’s just SO much more convenient… and no fail! That recipe looks awesome with tempeh in there. Teriyaki is delicious.

    As for Twitter, I use it sometimes. A handy tool it is since you happened to add me, which led me to your blog! Bingo!

    We don’t have 4th of July here (Canada) but today’s Canada day so although I’m not doing any BBQing (I just realized that it’s the perfect day for it too, WHY did I not BBQ!) I’ll probably do a little celebrating tonight.

  11. Man-friendly veggie food?! That CAN be quite difficult. Your meal looks like it REALLY succeeded!! 🙂

  12. “”How to spell teriyaki”” That’s really funny! I swear, each week I learn how to spell a new word because of blogging/writing (sad, but true), ha!!

  13. Yum, I haven’t had tempeh in forever! The thing I like best about Twitter is workout motivation. Every time I don’t want to work out, someone always gives me an encouraging boost!

  14. I’ve never tried tempeh..I think I need to!

  15. I have been looking for the right teriyaki tempeh recipe forever, thank you so much! Love how when it comes to broccoli, all I have to do is find a guy to cook it for me. So simple. haha 🙂

    Have a beautiful weekend, girl, happy fourth o’ Julio!

  16. This sounds really good and easy to make. Makes it a winner in my world. LOL
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  17. I’m not usually a huge fan of tempeh, but this looks especially good!

  18. My 4th is going to be spent with grilled foodies and good beer with my family 🙂

  19. Umm… your guy friend is extremely cute…. And that dinner looks bomb! I have had weird cravings for meat substitutes lately and I am usually a meat girl, ya know!? I have bookmarked this! Im super excited to make it on my own! But I have no experience with tempeh…

  20. Your tempeh looks really good. I’ve always been curious about it, what exactly, does it taste like?

    • It’s a little hard to describe, I used the “Three grain” tempeh, so it sort of tastes like lentils. That’s the closest thing I can think of. It’s definitely filling and dense, if that makes any sense!

  21. I haven’t had to make any allergy specific recipes yet, but those cookies look pretty good! I followed you on twitter!:) I had a great fourth of July! I hope you got some good relaxing in:).

  22. I love experimenting with gluten-free/allergy baking…it feels very sciencey to me 🙂


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