Easy Vegan Sweet and Sour Tempeh Recipe

Vegetarian sweet and sour tempeh. Photo by Jenny of vegwife.wordpress.com
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 bowls (3 servings)

A Chinese-inspired vegetarian and vegan tempeh recipe with pineapples and peppers in an easy sweet and sour sauce. Sweet and sour dishes are always popular at Chinese restaurants, so try making your own vegetarian tempeh sweet and sour and home! This easy sweet and sour tempeh recipe can be served over rice or any other whole grain. Jenny, of the vegwife.wordpress.com made this tempeh recipe for her omnivorous husband and served it over Israeli couscous, as pictured.

See also: More tempeh recipes

What You'll Need

  • 1 package tempeh, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can pineapple chunks (15 oz)
  • 1 green or red bell pepper cut into 1inch squares
  • 1 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (cider or white)
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

How to Make It

In a skillet, braise tempeh in vegetable broth and soy sauce for ten minutes.

In a separate skillet, sautee the tempeh in olive oil until browned, about 3-5 minutes, reserving broth and soy sauce mixture, as you'll use this to make a sauce.

To make the sauce, add the juice from pineapple, cornstarch, vinegar, and sugar to the broth and soy sauce, and bring to a simmer. Add peppers and onions to sauce.

Sauce will begin to thicken almost immediately, so keep stirring.

Once sauce has thickened, reduce heat, add tempeh, combine well and serve over rice.

Makes three large portions.

Nutritional information, per serving:
Calories: 461
Calories from Fat: 167
% Daily Value
Total Fat: 18.5g, 29%
Saturated Fat: 2.9g, 14%; Trans Fat: 0.0g
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Sodium: 815mg, 34%
Total Carbohydrates: 53.4g; 18%
Dietary Fiber: 15.8g, 63%
Protein: 21.8g
Vitamin A 25%, Vitamin C 118%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%

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Sweet and Sour Tofu with Vegetables
Low-Fat Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fry
Sweet Cabbage Stir Fry
Chinese Style Stir-Fry with Seitan and Hoisin Sauce
Chinese Style Spring Rolls
Vegetarian Gingered Lo Mein
Sweet and Sour Tempeh Recipe
Vegetarian Chow Mein Recipe
Vegetarian Potstickers
Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 309
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 822 mg
Carbohydrates 41 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 10 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)