Vegan Tempeh “Beef” and Broccoli Stir Fry

Hi friends!

Bringing you a savory dish this week to the blog, using tempeh! Temp-whaat you might say? Tempeh, is a great source of vegan protein and according to Wikipedia is …”a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.” So it makes sense by this definition why the first time I tried this was in Bali! I personally love the texture and that it’s fermented. If I had to describe it, it is very different from tofu, a lot chewier because the soy beans are whole but really it’s difficult to describe.

Vegan Tempeh “Beef” and Broccoli Stir Fry (Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

I love it because it takes up flavours really well and does a great job of replacing meat in certain dishes where you may feel like trying something new. It’s also great for vegans because of its high protein content.

I know tempeh might not be for everyone and it isn’t mainstream yet but I really hope you try out this delicious recipe! If you prefer, you could use firm tofu in this recipe as well.

Vegan Tempeh "Beef" and Broccoli Stir Fry (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan)

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Vegan Tempeh “Beef” and Broccoli Stir Fry

Yield: 2 bowls

Vegan Tempeh “Beef” and Broccoli Stir Fry


  • Tempeh:
  • 227g Tempeh, sliced about 2-3 cm thick (use gf tempeh if required)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp siracha
  • 1/2 tsp fine ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp water
    Other add ins:
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (for stir frying)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • sesame seeds for garnish
    Serve with:
  • Rice or noodles


  1. Slice tempeh once lengthwise, then into slices about 2-3 cm thick.
  2. Mix marinade in shallow bowl, add tempeh and allow to marinade for 20 minutes while you prepare other ingredients.
  3. On medium high heat, add avocado oil to pan. Once pan is hot, remove tempeh (reserve marinade, if any) from bowl and cook the tempeh for about 5-7 minutes until cooked on all sides.
  4. Add broccoli for 2-3 minutes until just slightly cooked (or longer based on your preference). Add remaining marinade (if any), the 2 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of sesame oil. Toss gently and remove from heat.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds & serve as is or on top of rice.


Please use gluten free soy sauce if required.

Vegan Tempeh "Beef" and Broccoli Stir Fry (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan)


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