Sheet Pan Tamari Glazed Tempeh & Broccoli
May 14, 2019

The other day, I took a little Instagram poll to figure out what sort of recipes you’d like to see more of, or which things you’d be curious to see me veganize. I did this partly for your sake and mostly for mine: I’ve been low on recipe ideas lately, and readers are always my best source of inspiration.

Here’s a sampling of what was requested:

  • Pizza
  • Lasagna
  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Simple, take-to-work lunches
  • Anything with lentils
  • Pretzel bites
  • Cannoli filling (first I’ll need to figure out how to make cannolis 😉)
  • Anything quick and/or easy
  • Stir fries
  • Vegan sandwiches

I loved getting requests. It was a reminder that I should ask for advice when coming up with my meal plans more often.

For now, I’m checking the “anything quick and/or easy” box with this recipe for tamari glazed tempeh and broccoli. On its own, it’s a quick way to a vegan protein + vegetable combo, which you could eat the way it is or add to a salad/bowl. If you have some cooked or frozen rice at the ready, or some soba or udon noodles to boil up, it’s a perfectly satisfying dinner. And while it’s not exactly a 20-minute recipe, it’s practically hands-off.

The recipe starts with giving tempeh a marinade in tamari, vinegar, and maple syrup (along with some crushed red pepper flakes for heat). You can do this in the fridge overnight, or for a couple hours, depending on what works for your schedule.

You can also choose to steam the tempeh first, or not. I didn’t use to do this, but I’ve been getting into the habit lately. I do it less to decrease bitterness—the usual rationale—than to tenderize the tempeh, which I think it really does. And that’s especially nice when tempeh gets baked, because it can dry out a bit in the oven.

After this is done, you spray a lined baking sheet with oil, place the tempeh cubes and some broccoli florets on it, and pour the marinade over everything. Bake for 35 minutes, and a protein-rich meal awaits!

Sheet Pan Tamari Glazed Tempeh & Broccoli

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yields: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons tamari (regular or reduced sodium, according to your preference)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (substitute apple cider or white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated or minced ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • generous dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces tempeh, cut into cubes (about 1", or 16 cubes per 8-ounce block)
  • 3 cups bite-sized broccoli florets and/or stems
  • avocado or canola oil spray (optional)
  • brown rice or noodles, for serving (optional)
  • sesame seeds, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • If you'd like to, steam the tempeh for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk together the tamari, vinegar, syrup, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Place the tempeh cubes in a rectangular or square glasslock container and pour the marinade over them. Cover the container and allow the tempeh to marinate for a couple hours, or overnight in the fridge.
  • Preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and coat it with vegetable oil spray. Remove the tempeh cubes from the marinade (reserving the marinade) and arrange them on half of the baking sheet. Arrange the broccoli on the other half. Pour the marinade over the tempeh and vegetables. Roast for 35 minutes, or until the tempeh and broccoli are browning, flipping the tempeh cubes once halfway through cooking.
  • Serve the tempeh and broccoli over rice, noodles, a salad, or whatever you like. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

I love that this dish doesn’t require any stovetop babysitting, that it’s flavorful without a complicated ingredient list, and that the leftovers taste great for days (which I’m discovering right now).

For the record, I’ve made it twice now, and the powdered garlic/ginger version is really good. If not having to mince anything is an additional selling point, don’t shy away from that option.

Hope this dish might bring some ease to your batch cooking or weeknight meals, just the way it has mine. It’s a keeper. And feel free to share more recipe requests if you’ve got ’em.

Happy Tuesday!

xo

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    13 Comments
  1. 5 stars
    Yum yum yum! Thank you Gena I made extra marinade as per previous comments and I heated and thickened it on the stovetop. It was sooooo tasty. Awesome creative recipe.

  2. 3 stars
    This needs more marinade. I would double the amount so there is a generous amount to pour over the roasting tempeh and broccoli and then more over it after it is plated. The tempeh was very dry, and even after 35 minutes, the broccoli didn’t roast up nicely. I would toss it in a little oil all on its own or drizzle some after placed on the baking sheet. I had to drizzle some tamari over it after plating to see if that would help. The sauce was really good though, and I will definitely use it again. But it missed the mark for me. I’m guessing I did something wrong though because your recipes rock! Thank you!

    • Hi Suzy! I haven’t gotten this feedback so far, but it’s definitely a recipe that’s on the drier side. Appreciate the feedback and glad you like the sauce.

  3. I’ve never had tempeh and I can’t get it easily where I live. Can I substitute it for tofu? What addaptations should I make? Is it gonna taste like anything at all if I use tofu?

    • Hi Julia,

      I think it will be very good with tofu! Check it once through cooking to be sure that the tofu isn’t crisping up more quickly than specified, but the flavor should be fine 🙂

      G

    • Hi Eliz,

      That would depend greatly on the individual, but all vegans need to supplement Vitamin B-12. Aside from that, it’s often advisable that vegans supplement Vitamin D (if bloodwork indicates deficiency or insufficiency) and DHA. The rest would need to be determined with the support of a healthcare professional, keeping the person’s history and bloodwork in mind 🙂

      G

  4. I am looking forward to making the sheet pan tamari glazed Tempeh. I would like a good recipe for eggplant meatballs.

  5. 4 stars
    The marinade for this is SO GOOD. It lost a good deal of flavor when it was baked versus raw, though. I would maybe make some extra and pour it over the finished dish after cooking to accentuate it a little more.

    Ill definitely be making this marinade for tofu in the future or eating the tempeh “raw” or baking the tempeh first and then pouring this over. Nonetheless, yum!