Incredibly easy to make and even easier to eat, this teriyaki tempeh recipe will quickly become a staple weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy!
This insanely easy teriyaki tempeh recipe is for all you busy people out there who don't have time to cook or who don't like cooking.
Your kiddos will especially love this teriyaki tempeh!
Each piece of tempeh gets coated in a sticky, sweet teriyaki sauce.
This tempeh recipe is sweet, salty and packed with protein.
Pair your teriyaki tempeh with a grain and some roasted veggies and you've got a delicious, well balanced, quick and easy dinner!
What is Teriyaki Sauce?
Teriyaki is actually the combination of two Japanese words: "teri" means luster and "yaki" means grilled.
Teriyaki dishes start by marinating ingredients in a sweet sauce and after marinating these ingredients are then roasted, grilled or broiled.
Teriyaki sauce is like a sweet and sour sauce that is sticky and gooey once heated.
If you aren't a fan of sweet marinades, this isn't the sauce for you.
But if you are (and I'm sure at least your kids are!), you'll love this simple, Japanese sauce.
What Are the Ingredients in Teriyaki Sauce?
Traditional teriyaki sauce consists of four main ingredients including:
- Soy sauce
Just like many sauces, there are now tons of variations of teriyaki sauce.
However, most teriyaki sauces should generally be both sweet and salty thanks to the soy sauce and sugar, in addition to tangy notes thanks to the rice wine (a.k.a. mirin).
Good Substitution for Mirin
In the case of this teriyaki sauce, I used white vinegar instead of mirin as I find more people have that on hand in their pantries.
Feel free to use mirin instead, though, if you have some in your pantry!
The other ingredients are basically the same. I used a combination of coconut sugar and maple syrup in my sauce for a more natural sweetener and as always, added some minced garlic as well.
Is Teriyaki Sauce Vegan?
In general, teriyaki sauce is vegan.
However, as there a lots of variations of teriyaki sauce now, some may contain honey, which is not vegan.
So just read the ingredient's label if needed!
How to Make Teriyaki Tempeh
STEP 1: Start by cutting the tempeh into cubes and placing them in a glass container.
STEP 2: To make the sauce, combine all of the teriyaki sauce ingredients, except for the corn flour and cold water, into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sauce is heated through and the sugar has dissolved.
STEP 3: Carefully pour the sauce over the tempeh and, if you have time, allow the tempeh to marinate covered in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
STEP 4: When you are ready to cook the tempeh, pour all the tempeh and teriyaki sauce into a wok or sauce pan and heat over medium heat.
STEP 5: In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch and cold water until smooth. Pour the cornstarch mixture over the tempeh and stir to combine. Continue stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens, is glossy and sticks to the tempeh.
Your teriyaki tempeh is ready to serve!
Best Ways to Use Teriyaki Sauce
There are lots of different ways to use teriyaki sauce.
My favorite way is in this teriyaki tempeh recipe!
However, you can also:
- Use it as a marinade for all kinds of protein sources and vegetables.
- Use it as the sauce for a stir-fries
- Glaze cooked protein with it
- Dip dumplings, spring rolls, seitan kebabs, in it
- Drizzle it over buddha bowls or rice bowls
How to Store Teriyaki Sauce
The length of time you can store teriyaki sauce depends on whether it's homemade or store-bought.
An unopened bottle of store-bought teriyaki sauce can last for months or even years in a cool, dry, unlit place.
Once you open teriyaki sauce, be sure to store it in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for a couple months.
Homemade teriyaki sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Where Can You Buy Teriyaki Sauce
While this teriyaki sauce recipe is so easy to make, I totally understand if you're in a season of life where you need meals even quicker.
To make this recipe even more simple to prepare, you can always buy teriyaki sauce from the store instead of making it.
Teriyaki sauce should be available in the international section or condiments section of your local grocery store.
If you can't find it there, you can always check out an international or Asian grocery store.
If it's still not available where you live, you can always order some online!
Sweet and sticky and full of plant-based protein, this insanely Easy Teriyaki Tempeh will quickly become a family favorite!
- 2 blocks tempeh
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- ⅓ cup soy sauce*
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- ¼ cup cold water
- PREP: Cut the tempeh into cubes and place them in a glass container.
- SAUCE: Combine all of the teriyaki sauce ingredients, except for the corn flour and cold water, into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sauce is heated through and the sugar has dissolved. Carefully pour the sauce over the tempeh and, if you have time, allow the tempeh to marinate covered in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
- COOK: When you are ready to cook the tempeh, pour all the tempeh and teriyaki sauce into a wok or sauce pan and heat over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch and cold water until smooth. Pour the cornstarch mixture over the tempeh and stir to combine. Continue stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens, is glossy and sticks to the tempeh.
- SERVE: Serve over rice with vegetables.
*Use tamari instead of soy sauce if you are gluten free.
Serving Size1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1162mgCarbohydrates 26gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 19gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 5g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.
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