This vegan Orange Tempeh recipe tastes just like your favorite takeout but is easily made right at home! Serve it with protein-rich quinoa and veggies for a balanced, plant-powered plate.
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OK, now that formal intros are out of the way, let’s get to the real reason we’re all here today: TAKEOUT.
Why use tempeh?
In my opinion, tempeh is the unsung hero of the plant-based world. Tofu is out there getting all the love! While they’re both great in their own right, let me break down some of the bad a** benefits of this fermented soy food:
- It’s a great source of dairy-free calcium
- Because it’s more compacted, one 3 oz serving contains a whopping 15 g plant protein to keep you full
- It contains prebiotics, which can help improve digestive health!
Also, when coated in a sticky orange glaze sauce it tastes Ah-MAY-zing.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of overly sweet dishes (I’m a salt > sugar person for sure). What I love about this tempeh is that is has the perfect balance of bright orange flavor without a cloying aftertaste. When paired with nutty quinoa and crunchy broccoli, it’s totally restaurant worthy!
Tips for making this orange tempeh:
- Make sure you let the tempeh marinate the entire hour; this really helps insure full flavor.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust spice level to your preference, using more or less red pepper flakes. Tasting as you go helps!
- Don’t have broccoli on hand? No worries! This will also be delicious with carrots, cauliflower, green beans–use what you have!
Restaurant taste without restaurant prices = my dream meal. Plus I can eat it on the couch with my boyfriend while we stream old episodes of Fixer Upper. Anyone else low-key obsessed with that show?
PS: If you’re looking for more takeout-inspired dishes, give these a shot!
Other takeout-style recipes
- Teriyaki Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
- Spicy Vegetable Peanut Soba Noodles
- Baked Sticky Tempeh Potstickers
- Vegetable Mango Stir Fry
- Takeout-Style Tofu and Broccoli
We hope you all love this simple orange tempeh recipe; let us know what you think in the comments!
This vegan orange tempeh recipe tastes just like your favorite takeout but is easily made right at home! Serve it with protein-rich quinoa and veggies for a balanced, plant-powered plate.
For the tempeh:
- 2 8-ounce packages tempeh
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you like spice)
- 2 1/12 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca starch
- Cooked quinoa
- Steamed broccoli
- Sesame seeds
- Orange zest
- Cut tempeh into 1/2-inch cubes.
- In a large bowl, add orange juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic powder, ginger, orange zest, and red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine. Add tempeh; stir. Let tempeh sit in the marinade for at least 1 hour.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, add tempeh and leftover marinade.
- In a small bowl, add starch. Slowly pour in a little bit of hot water, stirring, to make a slurry. Pour the slurry over the skillet; stir. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened.
- Serve tempeh over quinoa and broccoli. Top with sesame seeds and orange zest.
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