Ginger Lime Tempeh

Bowl of spicy tempeh with some brown rice and steamed veggies

If tofu is the first association you make when thinking about soy, then you’ll be happy to know there are so many more soy-based products you can explore! Tempeh is one of them and we think that this Ginger Lime Tempeh recipe is the best way to immerse yourself in it. Get ready for some serious ginger kick and some pretty amazing flavors!

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Bowl of spicy tempeh with some brown rice and steamed veggies

Ginger Lime Tempeh

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  • Author: Toni Okamoto
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan


If you’re new to tempeh, then this flavor-packed recipe will an amazing introduction! Eat it with some plain rice and steamed veggies.


  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup of finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of lime juice (about half of a lime)
  • 1 teaspoon of a liquid sweetener (agave or maple syrup)
  • Cooked brown rice (optional)
  • Your favorite steamed veggies (optional)
  • Minced cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Lime wedges for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and saute for 1 minute. Using your fingers, crumble the tempeh directly into the pan, and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring regularly until the tempeh is lightly browned.
  2. Pour in the tamari sauce, lime juice, and your choice of a liquid sweetener, and stir until absorbed. 
  3. Serve over cooked brown rice with your favorite steamed veggies, and with minced cilantro and lime wedges as garnish (if using).

Keywords: ginger tempeh, lime tempeh, spicy tempeh, sauteed tempeh, tempeh recipe

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is a bit like tofu’s fancier cousin. It is made from whole fermented soybeans packed into a block. Originally from Indonesia, it has become a true favorite around the world and a great healthy plant-based protein alternative. Because of its precious fermentation process, it has a stronger flavor than tofu, and since it’s made from wholesome beans it also has a lumpier texture.

The great news is, it absorbs amazing flavors just the same and it is extremely versatile for cooking delicious plant-powered dishes.

The Perfect Companions

This sweet and salty tempeh dish is the perfect base for many wholesome and delicious meals. If you’re wondering what would be the best side dishes to eat it with, we’ve got your back! As the recipe suggests, some simple steamed rice and veggies go hand in hand with the spiciness of the tempeh. But the truth is, you can pair this Ginger Lime Tempeh with so many yummy sides. It would be a fantastic addition to a colorful buddha bowl or a delicious filling for some spicy wraps. Get creative and embrace this healthy and flavor/protein-packed dish!

Have you ever tried tempeh before? If you have let us know which is your favorite way to cook it!

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