cooking (fail?): five-spice pan fried tempeh

I have never cooked with (or eaten) tempeh, so last night was a whole new experience for me. I’m warning you now (in case you follow the recipe), I don’t think it turned out that well. Totally open for suggestions and/or comments on what I may have done wrong here or what I should do differently.

Five-Spice Pan Fried Tempeh
serves 2-4 w/ rice

-8 oz. package of organic soy tempeh
-1 tsp five-spice
-1 2/3 tbsp light soy sauce
-1 tsp mirin
-1 tbsp sesame oil
-2 tbsp peanut oil

Steam tempeh for 15 minutes to allow it to “swell” so it absorbs marinade better.

In a large bowl, combine five-spice, soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil. Once tempeh is finished steaming. Toss tempeh in marinade until coated on all sides. Let sit for a couple minutes.

Heat a skillet over med-high heat and add the peanut oil. Once hot, fry the tempeh for about 3 minutes on each side, until browned.

Serve with rice. (Try to?) enjoy.

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  1. Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) says:

    Tempeh is tricky, I'm not sure I even like it that much. If you're looking for a super easy way to prepare it – you can actually eat it raw. Sometimes I make sandwiches with a slice of raw tempeh, spinach, and rasperry jam (or apple butter). Sounds totally weird, but not bad!

  2. Taylor says:

    I'm not sure. It doesn't look like a fail. I rarely sit down with a huge slab of tempeh and a fork for dinner, so maybe try eating it in smaller portions, like thinly sliced in a sandwich or thinly sliced next to eggs and toast for breakfast. If you've never eaten it before maybe it's best you try it at someone else's hand. I suggest you hit up Royal Tavern and order their tempeh club – it's a darn good sandwich and showcases tempeh very well. There's also the possibility that you don't like tempeh, but more than likely it's just a new taste and texture you have to get to know … then love.

  3. Simple Shutter Photography says:

    I'd never heard of it, until I was searching for new and healthy foods to offer my toddler. I found tempeh at Whole Foods and decided to give it a try. I bought the flavored (can't recall the brand), crumbled it, and sauteed it in a small amount of butter. My little guy loved it and I thought it tasted pretty good as well. We moved away from Whole Foods (and, not surprisingly, Walmart didn't carry it) and I'd forgotten about it until now. I'll grab some next trip to the store (we've moved yet again and now have more grocery choices) and see what creative recipes I can find to try it in.

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