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Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised With Figs and Port Wine [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised with Figs and Port Wine is from my first cookbook, The Vegan Slow Cooker, and cooks up perfect in your crockpot.

This recipe embodies what I love about slow cookers – very little hands on time and it cooks without supervision. If you’re new to tempeh, it's an Indonesian soy food. It has halved soybeans in it and is cultured. It’s a great substitution for any of your old, non-vegan recipes and holds together great in the slow cooker.

You can make this with balsamic vinegar in place of the port wine – but only use 2 tablespoons vinegar and add extra water to make up a whole cup of liquid.

Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised With Figs and Port Wine [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 8-ounce package tempeh (use plain soy tempeh to make this dish gluten-free), cubed
  • 8 fresh figs, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan chicken-flavored bouillon
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. The night before, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion until translucent, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute longer. Combine in an airtight container with the cut-up tempeh and figs and store in the refrigerator.
  2. The next day, combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.





Kathy Hester lives in Durham, NC with her 2 cats, 2 dogs, her very own picky eater and more slow cookers than one person should be allowed to own. She's the author of The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book and Vegan Slow Cooking for Two. She has a blog, writes for Key Ingredient and The Weiser Kitchen.



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20 comments on “Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised With Figs and Port Wine [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Alexandria Grace
10 Months Ago

Andrea Massaro okkkk

Andrea Massaro
16 Nov 2017

i'm in

Santiago Trejo
10 Months Ago

ya, figs aint vegan

Lex Thrush
10 Months Ago

Many people consider figs not to be vegan. I'm surprised at this dish.

Linda C Palmer
16 Nov 2017

Apparently most commercial figs in the US are self-pollinating...no fig wasps involved....though I guess there's no guarantee no fig wasps entered and died in there.

Lex Thrush
16 Nov 2017

Good to know, thanks!

Linda C Palmer
16 Nov 2017

Lex Thrush I got curious and looked a little more into it. If it's important to you (I am not vegan, so a lil wasp risk is ok) then it's probably safest to inquire about the specific variety when you buy figs. This source seemed to indicate both types are available, though it also sounds like growers have to go to some lengths to make sure pollination-needing varieties actually get pollinated (there's apparently a male fig variety you have to make available, for the pollen...the figs we eat are the female flowers.) Biology is weird! https://www.californiafigs.com/index.php?pageid=8

Martha Ruiz Carrillo
3 Years Ago

Renata Meneses

Bren'nPaul Rees
3 Years Ago

Tom U may get figs I can't this sounds so good

Stephen Barrera
3 Years Ago

Shanna Barrera. What do you think?

Mollie Rose Trail
3 Years Ago

Ashleigh Kristensen

Lynne Bernay-Roman
3 Years Ago

I don't know what you have changed on your pages but I can no longer copy the recipes on my phone. That is terrible for me. Hope you fix this prob soon I love your recipes and can no longer copy so I really can't save or make any of them. That is very frustrating and disappointing

Cynthia Raufmann-Trewartha
3 Years Ago

Sounds delicious

Carol Pladsen-Bloom
3 Years Ago

adding eggplant and/or mushrooms is good


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