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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