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From the author: We created this jalapeño tempeh strips recipe when we really wanted a side to our pancakes one sunny Saturday morning but didn’t really have many ingredients. We had some jalapeño and tempeh leftover 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!


What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is is a soy product very similar to tofu but instead shaped into a cake-like form. One difference with tempeh is that soybeans are left whole and are slightly fermented, which makes it a bit easier to digest than tofu. If you’re one of those people who have a hard time digesting soy products, you should give tempeh a try!

What Does Tempeh Taste Like?

Because it contains whole soybeans, tempeh has a chunky texture and a nutty flavor. That’s why these sweet jalapeño tempeh strips are so great. With the jalapeño, maple syrup and soy sauce, you won’t even recognize the bland tempeh. Keep in mind that you can reduce the amount of jalapeño if you don’t like it so hot.
Equipment recommendations:

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Sweet Jalapeño Tempeh Strips

5 from 38 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
If you're looking to try out more tempeh dishes, these Sweet Jalapeño Tempeh Strips are delicious! They're full of flavor and delicious plant-based protein to keep you fueled throughout your day.


  • 1 8-ounce package of tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or your choice of veggie oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 jalapeño pepper if you want it less spicy be sure to cut out the seeds
  • ½ of a red onion
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic salt


  • Slice the tempeh in small strips about, 1/4 inch thick.
  • In a flat dish or tupperware, whisk the oil, soy sauce, and maple syrup together until a brownish color develops.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, finely chop the jalapeno and red onion and set aside.
  • Heat a frying pan or skillet on medium heat.
  • Remove the tempeh strips from the mixture and place on the heated pan. Pour excess oil mixture over the strips into the pan.
  • Sprinkle the red onion, jalapeno, and garlic salt over the strips.
  • 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.
  • Serve with pancakes, waffles, or french toast and of course with love!


With the jalapeño, maple syrup and soy sauce, you won’t even recognize the bland tempeh. Keep in mind that you can reduce the amount of jalapeño if you don’t like it so hot.


Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 795mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Additional Info

Author: Gina & Jeremy
Course: Breakfast, Side
Cuisine: American
Method: Stovetop
Diet: Vegan
Keywords: jalapeno, strips, tempeh, tempeh and waffles, tempeh strips, vegan, vegan breakfast, vegan protein, vegan side, vegetarian
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Gina & Jeremy

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