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Smoked Tempeh TLT Sandwich

Move over B.L.T.! It’s time for a new, heart-friendly Smoked Tempeh TLT Sandwich that is slightly crunchy, yet sometimes chewy, smokey, and hearty. So easy and flavorful! This vegan sandwich idea will surprise you with how delicious it is!

smoked tempeh sandwich

We love this smoked tempeh sandwich because it’s…

  • Smokey
  • Hearty
  • Filling
  • Flavorful
  • Healthy
  • Delicious!

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is found in most grocery stores in the produce section. It’s a traditional soy product from Indonesia.

It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form and has a nutty, mushroom, meaty flavor.

Sliced tempeh on wooden board with cup of marinade in background

Easy smoked tempeh marinade

This smoked tempeh marinade requires only 3 simple ingredients. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl, add tempeh, and allow to marinate a few hours or even overnight.

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

tempeh bacon in non stick pan on white background

I am often asked about which nonstick pan I use, and my favorite is the 12″ Stone Earth Ozeri Fry Pan. There are actually two of them in my kitchen, and I use them daily.

Tempeh is high in protein

Add tempeh to your diet to boost your protein intake. Each 1-cup serving of tempeh contains 31 grams of protein, which is 55 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 67 percent for women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tempeh contains high-quality complete protein and provides all the amino acids you must obtain from your diet. Its protein content helps you maintain muscle tissue, and also make enzymes your cells need to function. —LiveStrong

smoked tempeh bagel with greens on white plate with kiwi and orange slices

A BLT sandwich has nothing on this delicious T.L.T.-Smoked tempeh, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. I like to add a little mustard to mine. Low-fat, Eggless Mayo is also delicious on this sandwich.

Whole Foods Version of this tempeh sandwich is TTLA

Tabitha Brown found Whole Foods version of this Smoked Tempeh sandwich, and she cracks me up!

Tips for making this tempeh sandwich

  • Mayo- My Eggless Low-Fat Vegan Mayonnaise recipe goes perfectly with these sandwiches!
  • Find it- Tempeh can usually be found in the produce section of most grocery stores.
  • Marinate- The longer the tempeh marinates, the more flavorful the final product.
  • Storage- Smoked tempeh will keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 in an airtight container.
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Low-Fat Vegan Mayo in only 5-minutes!

You might also like this Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich!

Other great tempeh recipes

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smoked tempeh bagel with greens on white plate with kiwi and orange slices
Smoked Tempeh English Muffin or Bagel is great for breakfast. Click the photo to see recipe.

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Smoked Tempeh Sandwich

Smoked Tempeh TLT Sandwich

Yield: 10 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Move over B.L.T.! It's time for a new, heart-friendly smoked tempeh TLT sandwich that is slightly crunchy, yet sometimes chewy, smokey, and hearty. So easy and flavorful! This sandwich will surprise you with how delicious it is!



  1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, liquid smoke, and maple syrup and mix well.
  2. Slice tempeh into strips. Place slices into mixture and allow to marinate. The longer, the stronger the flavor will be. I like to leave it in the refrigerator overnight if possible, but at least 30 minutes is necessary.
  3. Add tempeh strips to a frying pan with a little bit of the marinade liquid and cook over medium-high heat until crispy on one side. Turn and brown on other side. Add more of the marinade and cook until caramelized. About 5 minutes each side is a reasonable estimate. If baking in the oven, cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Toast your bread (or don't), add Eggless Low Fat Mayo, tomato slices, lettuce or spinach leaves. I like a little mustard on mine. Serve and eat!


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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Tuesday 24th of April 2018

FYI went to whole foods to get the sandwich and at least in Wichita Kansas they have discontinued the area where they make sandwiches. But I’m going to make yours and I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thanks so much

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