February 23, 2023

If you are a fan of stir-fries, ramen, sushi, and more you're going to love this Asian-Inspired Tempeh marinade. It hints at eastern flavors without necessarily being of a certain cuisine. This makes the finished tempeh quite versatile.

What's in Asian-Inspired Tempeh?

the ingredients needed for asian tempeh marinade.

The ingredients for this tempeh marinade are pretty simple and can be found at most chain grocery stores:

  • hoisin sauce
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • chili garlic paste
  • tamari
  • rice vinegar

Some substitutions that would work here: soy sauce or liquid aminos for the tamari and cider vinegar for the rice vinegar.

In the photos here, I've used Luv Tempeh's Radzuki variety. With a base of adzuki beans it fits right in with the Asian flavors. Our Sesame Delightful would also be an excellent choice.

If you don't have access to our tempeh, tradition soy tempeh that you find in many grocery stores will work. Depending on the brand, you might want to steam it for 15 minutes first to remove the bitterness.

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How do you make Asian-Inspired Tempeh?

This recipe is easy!

First, cut the tempeh into whatever shape you'd like. I chose planks here.

Next, whisk together all of your marinade ingredients in a container large enough to hold it and the tempeh.

asian tempeh marinade ingredients in a glass dish.

Refrigerate the tempeh for an hour or overnight to let the flavors soak in.

fresh tempeh in asian marinade in a glass dish.

Bake for 20 minutes turning halfway through the cooking time.

asian marinated tempeh slices on a lined baking sheet.

How do you use this tempeh?

a bowl of creamy vegan ramen with asian-inspired marinated tempeh.

My favorite way to use this asian-inspired marinated tempeh is to add it to my favorite creamy sesame ramen (comment if you want me to post that recipe.) But the flavors of this marinade don't scream out a specific cuisine so it goes well in many different types of dishes. 

Try this tempeh in your favorite stir-fry, popped on top of a salad, in a noodle dish like Pad Thai or even in your next batch of home made sushi. 

a bowl of creamy vegan ramen with asian-inspired marinated tempeh.

Asian-Inspired Tempeh

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Dice tempeh in 1/2" cubes.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients in a container large enough to hold it and the tempeh. Stir until combined.
  4. Add tempeh to the marinade and stir to coat. Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
  5. Spread tempeh on a baking sheet covered with parchment or a silicon mat. Bake for 20 minutes turning halfway through. Cook until the edges start to brown.
  6. Use to top a salad, in a stir-fry, add to ramen, or top a grain bowl.


    If you'd rather, pan fry or air fry. Feel free to substitute soy sauce or liquid aminos for the tamari.

    Have you used this asian-inspired tempeh in a creative way? Let us know! We always love to get and share new ideas.

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