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Sweet Chili Tempeh [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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If you never had tempeh, give the fermented, plant-based protein a try using this super delicious yet surprisingly simple sweet chili tempeh recipe. It contains only 9 ingredients (and half of those are garlic, chili, shallots, and coconut nectar), will take you 5 minutes to prepare, and literally 6 minutes flat to cook. The crispy nuttyness of the tempeh pairs brilliantly with the classic combo of garlic, shallots, and chili, the nectar brings a dash of sweetness, and the tomato helps to soften the whole dish.

Sweet Chili Tempeh [Vegan, Gluten-Free]






  • 8.8 ounces tempeh
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large red chili (the large non-spicy ones) or 1/2 a red bell pepper
  • 1 hot red chili (the small spicy ones)
  • 1/2 baby leek
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 5 teaspoons dark coconut nectar
  • 2 tomatoes


  1. Finely slice all ingredients so you’re ready to go once the pan’s on. To turn the tempeh into match sticks, slice your block into thin slices, then take a wad of slices and slice on the diagonal.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and pan fry the tempeh on high for 3 minutes until golden brown and crispy, then set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and fry the shallots for 1 minute until brown.
  4. Add the garlic and chili and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the leek, salt, and pepper and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the coconut nectar and tempeh and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  7. Lastly add the tomato and stir fry for a final 30 seconds. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1109 | Total Carbs: 77 g | Total Fat: 65 g | Total Protein: 51 g | Total Sodium: 1110 g | Total Sugar: 27 g

Per Serving: Calories: 370 | Carbs: 26 g | Fat: 22 g | Protein: 17 g | Sodium: 370 mg | Sugar: 9 g





Wholesome family dinners and decadent gluten-free vegan desserts. Buffy Ellen Gill is the founder of Be Good Organics, a plant-based whole foods blog, community and store. After curing herself of Graves Disease, Buffy founded begoodorganics.com as a way of sharing her knowledge and recipes. Buffy is a specialist in plant-based organic living, and shares her weekly recipes, health and wellness articles and inspiring interviews to an online community of over 100,000.



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