I’ve been dying to mix up my tempeh routine. These tahini-glazed bites were the product of a quest to make a more neutral flavored version, perhaps one that could be made “plain” but tossed with different sauces (kind of like chicken wings…?). When left plain, these have a slightly garlicky taste; the coating, however, will take on whatever flavor you toss it in. Barbecue sauce? Sweet and sour sauce? Soy sauce? Whatever you need to integrate into another dish, these are a true chameleon toss-in.

Tahini Glazed Tempeh [Vegan]

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  • 2 blocks tempeh, cubed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine marinade in a large bowl, adding water last to reach desired consistency. It should be thick and fluid, but not too batter-like.
  2. Add tempeh to the bowl and toss with marinade. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. While you wait, preheat the oven to 350F.
  4. Spread tempeh in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the outside edges are crisped.
  5. Remove tempeh from the oven.
  6. Serve warm.


Consider tossing these on salads or mixing with your grain/cooked veggies of choice for the best desk lunch ever.


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