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 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 as each piece of tempeh gets coated in a sticky, sweet teriyaki sauce. If you're not into sweet sauces, I'm sure you can decease the sugar in the sauce to suit your preferences.
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 sugar, mirin, soy sauce and ginger. As like many sauces, there are now tons of variations of teriyaki sauce, but they will all generally be both sweet and salty thanks to the soy sauce and sugar, with tangy notes thanks to the rice wine (a.k.a. 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. 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.
You can really use this teriyaki sauce as a marinade for all kinds of protein sources and vegetables. So if tempeh isn't your thing, swap the tempeh for tofu! You could even use this sauce to coat a variety of vegetables for a sweet and sour stir-fry. I'd love to know how you end up using it!
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- 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.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 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.