peanut tempeh in a white bowl with scallions on top

This mega flavourful Marinated Hoisin Peanut Tempeh is easy to make with just 8 pantry staple ingredients. Perfect for meal prep and adding plant based protein to rice bowls, noodles, salads, sandwiches and more! Vegan + gluten free option.

I always loved tempeh. I love the texture, the flavour and how nutritious it is. I attribute my love for tempeh to eating natto and lots (LOTS) of tofu growing up. I know that’s not the case for most and if you’re still on the fence about tempeh, I urge you to try this recipe- I really think it’ll change your mind.

Why is this peanut tempeh so awesome? Well,

  • it’s incredibly easy.
  • it’s virtually hands off.
  • it can be cooked with 3 different methods.
  • it’s packed with plant based protein.
  • it’s perfect for meal prep.
  • it goes well with like, EVERYTHING.
  • it’s mega flavourful and just so damn delicious.

Saucy Hoisin Peanut Tempeh coming right atcha.

How to Make Hoisin Peanut Tempeh

All you need are 8 ingredients that are pretty much pantry staples and super duper easy to prepare:

  1. Cut: You can cut it in any shape you like! I really like the triangle because I find it marinates much better than the cubed because it’s much more thin. You can even go lengthwise with it like a rectangle, about 1/4 inch in thickness.
  2. Steam: This is optional, but steaming tempeh gets rid of the sight bitter taste it naturally has. I place the tempeh in a bamboo steamer basket over boiling water for 12 minutes.
  3. Marinate: Toss the tempeh in the marinade and then let it sit for at least 2 hours. Preferably overnight for maximal flavour.
  4. Bake: Bake for 12 minutes at 400 F. Flip the tempeh and brush with more marinade and then bake for another 12-15 minutes until the edges look slightly crispy.

Wowza. Look at that. Saucy. Crispy. Beautiful.

Annnnd, if you don’t have an oven you can totally make this in a air fryer or on a stove top. 375 F in an air fryer for 15 minutes. 4-5 minutes on each side on a stove top over medium high heat. Done.

marinated peanut tempeh in a rice bowl with vegetables

So many ways to serve up this peanut tempeh too. Ideas include:

  • Rice/Grain bowls
  • Noodle bowls
  • Over salads
  • In sandwiches
  • Straight off the pan

Also amazing for meal prep because it keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days!

And there you have it. Life changing tempeh.

Incase you need more tempeh inspiration, try tempeh tuna casserole, smokey tempeh over pasta salad and this tempeh gyro bowl! And if you still need more inspiration, stay tuned because I’ll be posting a how to cook tempeh guide + lots of marinade recipes real soon 😉♥!


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peanut tempeh in a white bowl with scallions on top

Marinated Hoisin Peanut Tempeh

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


Easy Marinated Hoisin Peanut Tempeh that can be prepared baked, air fried or on the stove top. High in plant based protein and perfect to serve in bowls, salads, sandwiches and more!


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  1. Cut tempeh into desired pieces. You can slice them into triangles (shown in the photo), into 3/4 inch x 3/4 inch cubes or in strips about 1/4 inch in thickness. 
  2. Optional step: if you want to get rid of the slight bitter taste tempeh has, steam the tempeh in a steamer basket for 10-12 minutes. I find the marinade masks the bitter flavour really well so usually skip this step but if you’re new to tempeh I do recommend doing it. 
  3. Add the marinade ingredients into a shallow bowl and whisk until combined. Add the tempeh and toss until they’re all evenly coated in the marinade. Let it sit for 2-3 hours (preferably overnight). 
  4. Baked Method: Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Place the tempeh on a parchment / silpat lined baking tray and arrange tempeh so they are not touching each other. Bake for 23-25 minutes, flipping them half way (at 12 minutes). 
  5. Air Fry Method: Pre-heat air fryer to 375 F. Air fry for 15 minutes, flipping them half way (at 7 minutes). 
  6. Stove Top Method: Place the tempeh into a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cook each side for about 4-5 minutes or until heated through and slightly browned and crispy on the outside. 
  7. Serve over rice (or grain of choice), noodles, salads, in sandwiches or enjoy straight off the pan. 


  • *To Make it Soy Free: Use black bean tempeh or hemp tempeh instead of soy.
  • **To Make it Gluten Free: Use tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • Helpful Equipment: baking tray, air fryer, silpat, tongs, parchment paper, non-stick skillet
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
  • Prep time does not include hands-off marinating time. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, asian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 268
  • Sugar: 7.7g
  • Sodium: 853mg
  • Fat: 13.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 20.1
  • Fiber: 6.9g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. I made tempeh for the first time using this recipe and they were so so yummy! Can’t wait to make it again 🙂

  2. My go-to recipe for tempeh. My meat-eating fiance also LOVES tempeh now thanks to this recipe. Thank you for posting both tbsp and grams.

  3. I made this today and I really loved everything about this delicious recipe – the mild, nutty flavor of the tempeh goes so well with the delicious marinade. Definitely a new fix-starter in our kitchen 🙂 Thanks for posting this, Lisa!