Sesame-Crusted Baked Tempeh

Sesame Crusted Tempeh

This sesame-crusted baked tempeh is a protein-packed vegan dinner recipe. It also makes great ‘bento’ lunches, delicious to eat cold the following day.  Use in sandwiches stacked with fresh salad greens, cucumber and vegan mayo.

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves 2


200g tempeh

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp shoyu sauce

2 tsp hot sauce like Sriracha (optional)

2 garlic cloves, minced, divided

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

Juice from one lemon

2-3 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to ± 190º F /370º C / Gas Mark 5.
  • Slice the tempeh into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, shoyu, hot sauce, (if using) garlic cloves, ginger and juice from one lemon. Whisk to combine and transfer to a large, zip-closed plastic bag.
  • Place the sliced tempeh in the bag and gently massage it with your hands to coat all the pieces. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Add the sesame seeds to a shallow bowl.
  • Remove the tempeh from the marinade. Dip each side of each piece of tempeh in the sesame seeds and set on a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, turn over and bake for 10 minutes on the other side until crisp and golden.
  • Serve on a bed of steamed greens topped with some miso or natto relish or one of my tasty sauces or chutneys.

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