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Tempeh Stir Fry | Sweet and Sour

This Sweet and Sour Tempeh Stir Fry is a quick and easy recipe that will be ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s a savory dish that is delicious served over rice or your favorite grain.

Tempeh Stir Fry | Sweet and Sour

We like this tempeh stir-fry because it’s…

  • Fast
  • Veggie-packed
  • Satisfying
  • Easy to make
  • Full of flavor

Made with fresh or frozen vegetables like carrots, red bell peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and tempeh, this recipe is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants that promote health.

diced vegetables on brown cutting board
Use any vegetables you like. I went with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and celery.

I am often asked which knives I use personally, and I have to say that it is Victorinox. They are the same company that makes Swiss Army Knives and the quality is excellent.

Are frozen vegetables healthy?

tempeh recipes. frozen vegetables
Frozen veggies are a great option for stir-fries.

In some cases, frozen vegetables may be more nutritious than fresh ones that have been shipped over long distances. The latter is typically picked before ripening, which means that no matter how good the vegetables look, they’re likely to short-change you nutritionally.

The advantage of frozen fruits and vegetables is that they usually are picked when they’re ripe, and then blanched in hot water to kill bacteria and stop enzyme activity that can spoil food.

Then they’re flash frozen, which tends to preserve nutrients. If you can afford it, buy frozen fruits and vegetables stamped USDA “U.S. Fancy,” the highest standard and the one most likely to deliver the most nutrients.Weil

Sweet and sour sauce ingredients

The sweet and sour sauce for this recipe is so simple with only 7 ingredients needed:

As you can see in the picture, I used pineapple chunks. However, crushed pineapple would be a better option for this sauce. It helps blend with the other vegetables much better.

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

Tempeh is high in protein

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.

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

Sliced tempeh on wooden board with cup of marinade in background

I hear people say that time is a big issue with eating healthy. This sweet and sour dish is a great recipe that demonstrates how fast eating healthy can be, and it’s so good!

Recipe adapted from Breaking the Food Seduction by Dr. Neal Barnard.

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Tempeh Sweet and Sour

Tempeh Stir Fry | Sweet and Sour

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This is a quick and easy recipe that will be ready in less than 30 minutes. It's a savory dish that is delicious served over rice or your favorite grain.



  1. Slice tempeh into small cubes.
  2. Dice and slice all other vegetables.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine crushed pineapple, vinegar, water, sweetener, cornstarch, and ground ginger and whisk well. Set to the side.
  4. In wok or large skillet, add veggie broth, onions, garlic, and tempeh. Allow to cook until browned, stirring frequently. This takes about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add carrots, peppers, celery, and mushrooms. Stir fry until tender, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  6. Quickly re-stir the sauce, then add to pan. Heat until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
  7. Serve over rice or other grain and top with scallions.


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

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2.18Total Fat: 6.5gCarbohydrates: 31.3gFiber: 3.8gSugar: 15gProtein: 13.8g

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Mary Jane Panke

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

When do you add the soy sauce/tamari?

Terri Edwards

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Hi Mary Jane- The soy sauce is part of the sauce, so you should add it when making the sauce.


Sunday 13th of May 2018

I made this. It was amazing. The texture of the tempeh worked so well. I'd never had it before. The leftovers tasted even better the next day. I struggled a bit to cook it all in two tbsp of broth though. I just added more.

Kerry Rowley

Monday 20th of March 2017

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Friday 6th of January 2017

I have to try this! Yum! If you don't want to pay too much by buying authentic tempeh at a grocery store (they always over charge!) I posted an easy recipe for making tempeh at home.


Vickie Robinson

Thursday 10th of November 2016

Looks good! Is the tempe added with the onions or the other veggies? Thanks

Thursday 10th of November 2016

That's right! Typo! I fixed it in the recipe now. Thanks for letting me know!

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