Sweet Jalepeno Tempeh Strips

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 25m

We created this recipe when we really wanted a side to our pancakes one sunny Saturday morning, but didn’t really have many ingredients. We had some jalapeno and tempeh left over from our stir fry the night before, only half a red onion, maple syrup to pour on our pancakes, and a couple of kitchen staples laying around. We decided to wing it and what we came up with was delightful! We don’t mean to brag, but the flavor of this dish will fill your mouth with deliciousness!!

It works perfectly as a breakfast side, but could also be prepared for a snack or dinner side dish. Since we were eyeing most of these measurements, you may want to add a little more of the oils, sauces or spices as you see fit. Tempeh is a wonderful plant-based protein source that is carried in the produce section of most supermarkets.

Get ready for your taste buds to dance!

Equipment recommendations:

Photo by Alfonso Revilla


  • 1 (8-ounce) package of tempeh
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (if you want it less spicy be sure to cut out the seeds)
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or your choice of veggie oil)
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (can substitute sugar made syrup if needed, but not recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


Step 1

Slice the tempeh in small strips about, 1/4 inch thick.

Step 2

In a flat dish or tupperware, whisk the oil, soy sauce, and maple syrup together until a brownish color develops.

Step 3

Place the tempeh in the mixture and let marinate for about 10 minutes. Make sure each side of the tempeh is under the liquid. You may need to turn over the strips on occasion.

Step 4

Meanwhile, finely chop the jalepeno and red onion and set aside.

Step 5

Heat a frying pan or skillet on medium heat.

Step 6

Remove the tempeh strips from the mixture and place on the heated pan. Pour excess oil mixture over the strips into the pan.

Step 7

Sprinkle the red onion, jalepeno, and garlic salt over the strips.

Step 8

Turn over the strips with a spatula or fork so that they are evenly browned on each side. Probably about 3-5 minutes on each side, but definitely eye it.

Step 9

Serve with pancakes, waffles, or french toast and of course with love!

"Oh, what a feeling. When you're dancing on the ceiling. And plant-based." -Lionel Richie

More From This Chef »
Average Member Rating

(4.3 / 5)

4.3 5 4
Rate this recipe

4 people rated this recipe

Related Recipes:
  • Super Easy Homemade Pizza | Plant-Based on a Budget | #pizza #homemade #vegan #yeast #easy #recipe #plantbasedonabudget

    Fleishmann’s Rapid Rise Pizza

  • Homemade Vegan Mozzarella | Caprese Salad | Plant-Based on a Budget | #cheese #vegan #plantbased #mozzarella #italian #caprese #plantbasedonabudget

    Homemade Vegan Mozzarella | Caprese Salad

  • Super-Easy Berry Pancakes | Plant-Based On a Budget | #breakfast #pancakes #vegan #plantbased #berries #berry #strawberry

    Berry Pancakes

  • Super-Easy Veggie Soup | Plant-Based On a Budget | #tofu #veggies #soup #veggie #vegan #quick #recipe #plantbased #plantbasedonabudget

    Easy Vegetable Soup

  • Chocolate Waffles with a Secret Ingredients | Plant-Based On a Budget | #waffles #recipes #chocolate #strawberries #breakfast #vegan #plantbasedonabudget

    High Protein Chocolate Waffles