Fast and Easy BBQ Tempeh

This Fast and Easy BBQ Tempeh can make meal prep feel like a walk in the park. There are so many uses for this flavor-packed, protein-packed staple. It wonderful in BBQ Tempeh Tacos, BBQ Tempeh Salad and as one of the fixin’s for a Buddha bowl. You could also crumble it and use it as a topping on a BBQ pizza, or on top of a baked potato.

What’s tempeh?

Tempeh is a fermented soy bound together by mycelium compacted into cakes. Tempeh originated in Indonesia a few hundred years ago. It has a higher concentration of protein and fiber than tofu. Tempeh is also a good source of iron, manganese, magnesium and certain B-vitamins. Tempeh is available at most grocery stores in 8 ounce packages.

These Fast and Easy BBQ Tempeh has 2 key ingredients:

  1. Tempeh
  2. The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce
close up of Fast and Easy BBQ Tempeh in a white bowl garnished with kale

Using The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce as the base, it’s also not loaded with things like high fructose corn syrup… or sodium benzoate. That’s right, sodium benzoate is a food additive used to extend shelf life. It’s banned in countries outside of the United States. Some side effects may include weight gain, inflammation, ADHD, headache, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and mood changes. Yikes!

Okay, back to this recipe.

To prepare the BBQ tempeh, slice tempeh in to strips of desired thickness and length. Here, I’ve sliced the tempeh cake into quarters and cut them the down the middle into thinner strips.

This recipe uses about a cup of The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce. Generously coat the sliced tempeh and let it sit or marinade for about 10 minutes to absorb some of the flavors from the sauce.

side view close up of the Best Homemade BBQ Sauce used in BBQ Tempeh
top view close up of tempeh being marinated in barbecue sauce

While the tempeh is marinating, preheat your grill, grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place the coated tempeh onto the hot grill. Let it hang out for about 4 to 5 minutes and then turn and cook for another 2 minutes until heated through. Remove from grill, add some more sauce. This recipe makes between 2 to 4 servings depending on how you use the BBQ tempeh. Below are a few ideas. . .

BBQ Tempeh Tacos

Enjoy tacos with sprouted corn tortillas, the saucy tempeh topped with shredded cabbage, fresh cilantro and Ultimate Cashew Cream sauce or Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing (LOW-FAT).

close up of two BBQ tempeh tacos topped with red cabbage, fresh cilantro and cashew cream sauce on a dark blue plate

BBQ Tempeh Salad

Make a salad topped with sliced avocado for lunch or light dinner.

top view close up of BBQ tempeh salad topped with sliced avocado

Overall, tempeh is a great staple in the rotation because it’s versatile, fast and easy to prepare and very satisfying.


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Fast and Easy BBQ Tempeh

  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Diet: Vegan



1 8-oz. package of tempeh (if gluten sensitive, be sure to choose gluten free)

1 cup The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce


Some tempeh is made with one or more grains like rice or barley. Be sure to read the ingredients label if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance. 

Slice tempeh into thin strips or chunks. Coat the tempeh with a cup of The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce. Let sit or marinade for about 10 minutes.

While tempeh is marinating, preheat a grill, grill pan or skillet over medium high heat. Add tempeh and let cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully turn and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy in a salad, bowl, tacos, on a pizza or baked potato.

Store extra tempeh in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner Entrée

Keywords: tempeh, soy, fermented soy, bbq sauce, bbq tempeh, protein, daniel fast compliant, vegan, gluten free, gluten free option, nut free, fiber rich, daniel fast recipes

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