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December 15, 2021
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September 8, 2022
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What is tempeh? What does tempeh taste like? How do you cook tempeh? What tempeh recipes would you recommend? These are a few of the questions that we’ve heard a lot since the beginning of the Better Nature journey. So, in this post we’re going to tackle some of the most common questions we get. And, fingers crossed, get you as excited about tempeh as we are!

What is tempeh?

Tempeh is a fermented plant-based protein originating in Indonesia. In fact, it was discovered in Indonesia over 300 years ago! Tempeh is typically made of soybeans but you can make it out of basically any legume, nut, grain or seed. The fermentation process transforms the beans into a dense block that is high in protein and fibre.  Tempeh has a firm bite to it and a slightly nutty flavour. Not only is tempeh super nutritious and tasty, it is also extremely versatile. So, you can cook it in many ways and use it for various dishes. Your imagination is the limit! You can read more about tempeh, and how it differs from tofu, here.

Fresh tempeh wrapped in banana leaves. Tempeh is a plant-based protein that is typically made with soybeans and that is very high in protein and fibre.

How to cook tempeh?

Whichever way you wish! Tempeh lends itself well to various cooking methods, cuisines and dishes. In general, the options for cooking are:

  • Fry in a pan with oil for 10 mins
  • Bake in an oven for about 10 mins (till browned)
  • Steam for 5 mins

Easy, peasy! Out of the three methods, the first two are our favourites. Deep fried tempeh is also incredible! But that is no surprise to anyone 😄

You can slice and dice tempeh into any shape or size that tickles your fancy, there is no one right way to do it. Tempeh absorbs flavours very well, so get your favourite marinades out of the cupboard and let tempeh soak up those flavours. There is no need to wait for hours for the tempeh to marinade, a few good minutes is enough. As we said, easy peasy! Our range also includes tempeh in different flavours and formats in case you want to skip the marinating and dicing parts. 😉

Tempeh recipes

Oh, where to begin? There are so many scrumptious tempeh recipes out there that they could be turned into a book series! Tempeh is a gift that keeps on giving, definitely a top notch plant protein. But, in this blog post, we’re going to share four of our favourite tempeh recipes.  

Tempeh Bolognese

Of course we had to include this oldie but goodie in the list! There is something so soothing and satisfying about a good old spaghetti bolognese! We mean plant-based bolognese, of course. Tempeh mince adds a delicious bite to this spag bol and makes it both super tasty and filling. Whoever says plant-based food leaves them hungry, needs to tuck into some tempeh. Somehow we still always seem to find room for dessert though…Funny, isn’t it?

On a wooden table is an oval shaped, blue and white plate full of plant-based Tempeh Bolognese. On the right side is a hand lifting the spaghetti with a fork.
A plate full of plant-based Tempeh Bolognese garnished with basil

Avocado and Tempeh Bacon on Toast

The toastess with the mostest! We love a plain good avocado toast but trust as when we say that Tempeh Rashers take the toast to the next level. The tempeh rashers also add a good dose of protein and fibre to keep you going.

On a marble surface is a wooden cutting board, and on that are pieces of sourdough with smashed avocado, Better Nature’s tempeh rashers and pieces of fresh red chilli.
Pieces of sourdough with smashed avocado, Better Nature’s tempeh rashers and pieces of fresh red chilli.

Tempeh Kecap

Our go-to way to eat tempeh! If you want to convert a doubting Thomas into a tempeh fan, we recommend serving them this dish. Based on our empirical research, the results have always been very positive! Tempeh Kecap is an Indonesian dish that is bursting with amazing flavours, yet easy to make. This dish made with our Organic Soy Tempeh is an all-around winner.

Beautifully presented vegan Tempe Kecap dish on a bed of rice served on a banana leaf. Tempe Kecap is an Indonesian tempeh dish that is high in protein.
Beautifully presented vegan Tempe Kecap dish on a bed of rice served on a banana leaf

Roast Bites & Veg Skewers

These delicious skewers are simple and fun to make. Also, don't be limited by the veggies we've used - use your favourites or whatever veggies you have in your fridge. Let your imagination run wild! These tasty skewers with our Tempeh Roast Bites will go down a treat - no matter whether the diners are vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or meat lovers. Enjoy!

On a light wooden table is a light blue and white place mat, and on the place mat is a white plate with tempeh Roast Bites & Veg Skewers. On the plate next to the vegan tempeh skewers is a small bowl with plant-based yoghurt dressing.
Indulge yourself in a tempeh Roast Bites & Veg Skewers, accompanies by aplant-based yoghurt dressing.

If you want to recreate these high-protein vegan recipes, get yourself some tasty tempeh here. You can find more delicious tempeh recipes here. Let us know on Instagram if this post helped you find a new favourite way to eat tempeh. Happy cooking folks!

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