Jamaican Jerk Tempeh

I won’t even bother getting in a chicken vs tempeh debate with a meat eater. Tempeh can be tough to love, and I’ll admit it took me a few tries to appreciate it. But one place tempeh blows chicken (or any meat) out of the water is when you marinate it, because you can keep the marinade and use it straight from the bowl! That’s exactly what I did here…drizzled the extra marinade over the tempeh and lettuce, and it was AWESOME (By the way, I realize that’s one of my most over-used words. But it’s such an awesome word. Awesome.)

OK so if you haven’t checked out Fresh 365 yet, you’re missing out. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite vegetarian blogs, with intriguing recipes, beautiful photos, and thoughtful writing. She put this tempeh on whole wheat wraps, which is how I would prefer to eat them, but it was late, and all I had was pita, so I went with it and it was still extremely delicious…the sweet-salty-sour-spicy balance in the marinade/sauce is perfect!

Just as a reminder (because I was uninformed until recently) – Worcestershire sauce usually contains anchovies, but you should be able to find a vegetarian version at a natural foods store.

(adapted from Fresh 365)

1/2 c freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 c white vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
2 T soy sauce
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T brown sugar
1 t allspice
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
2 t grated fresh ginger
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
3 scallions, chopped

8 oz tempeh, cut into thin strips

Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium glass bowl. Stir in the tempeh slices, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over medium high and add the tempeh. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until nicely browned (reserve some marinade).

Serve on flatbread or a wrap with some shredded lettuce, and drizzle the marinade over the top.


6 Responses to “Jamaican Jerk Tempeh”

  1. 1 Cara April 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

    This recipe looks UH-MA-ZING! Any use of tempeh is a good one in my book!

  2. 2 roxan April 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I just bought tempeh for the first time and wasn’t sure what to make with it. I’m making tacos for dinner next week so I can use the leftover tortillas for this!

  3. 3 Bridget April 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I’ve only tried tempeh a couple of times, but you’re right, it was hard to get in to. I made jerk chicken for the first time recently, and it was fantastic. It was also a fair bit of work, so I imagine that a tempeh version, in a wrap or with rice and “peas”, would be much more appropriate for a weekday.

  4. 4 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for the referral to Fresh365, I love seeing new vegetarian recipes.

  5. 5 Wizzythestick May 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Jerk – you know you are talking to me right. Okay so now I am off to google this tempeh thingy. Always something new to learn here:-)

  6. 6 Annie C. June 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Just made a batch of this! I made a few little changes (because I didn’t have allspice or fresh chiles or scallions) like adding some crushed red pepper flakes and marinating it overnight, but I LOVE THIS. Cooked up the whole batch and I’m keeping it and the extra marinade in the fridge so I can pull it out, pop it in the microwave and toss it in a pita for a quick lunch!
    I suggest trying it on a toasted pita with some simple fresh cole slaw and a drizzle of the extra marinade.
    SO DELICIOUS. This recipe is definitely going into my list of favorites.

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