Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spicy Sticky Tempeh (Simple 5-Ingredient Sauce!!)

Oh my goodness! This is the tastiest little marinade, it reminds us of that sweet thai sauce with the chili seeds in it. Usually we just soak our sliced tempeh in soy sauce or just pan fry and season with salt and herbs and call it a dinner. This sauce makes it extra special and can be used for tofu, tempeh and meat proteins as well as veggie stir-frys and as a dipping sauce! When you fry or bake with it it gets sticky and sweet, with a tangy and spicy flavour! Yum!!

1/2 cup organic ketchup
2 cloves garlic sliced/chopped
1/4 cup tbsp honey/agave
4 tsp soy sauce
4 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 pinches black pepper
Chili flakes or fresh chill sauce (to taste)

Simple right?! And so delicious! Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, set aside. NOTE: You'll have lots of sauce leftover if you're only using one block of tempeh. This recipe is enough for two blocks of tempeh or one block plus leftovers for another recipe. If you don't want leftovers just halve the recipe. :) The only thing is you may not have sauce to reserve for frying at the end, in that case add a little extra ketchup/soy sauce mixture to act as the "reserved sauce."

You'll also need:

Tempeh (1 block)
Veggies (any kind will do!)

Next you're going to slice up and marinate your tempeh!

Leave in marinade/sauce for at least half an hour. Reserve extra sauce in a separate bowl (2 tbsp worth)

While you're waiting, make the rice! My new favourite way to cook rice: Add rice and water in a pot, add a little extra water (about 1/4 cup) and add in your favourite veggies to cook! (I used chopped carrots) Once rice is done, drain in a strainer and serve! You're only using one pot and it reduces clean up!

Next fry up your tempeh with some chopped white onions (this is where you use your reserved sauce, right at the end to keep the tempeh from drying out). You may need to add some water or veggie stock to cook the tempeh more thoroughly before adding reserved sauce.

Set up the rice:

And serve tempeh over top! Yum! This is seriously one of the best tasting tempeh recipes I've ever made. If you like extra spice, add some chill flakes or hot sauce.

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