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Tempeh Stir Fry | Broccoli & Red Peppers

This Tempeh Stir Fry with broccoli and red peppers helped me come to the realization that I really love tempeh. Before, I was on the fence about it, but no more. I’m a new tempeh-convert.

Tempeh Stir Fry | Broccoli & Red Peppers

My husband must be too since he said it was his favorite part of this dish. This is one of the best tempeh recipes!

Tempeh is found in many 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.

What we like about this tempeh stir-fry is that it’s

  • Veggie-packed
  • High in protein
  • Fresh
  • Crunchy
  • Super flavorful
  • Easy-peasy to make

Which vegetables to use in stir-fries

Add any vegetable you like. I used broccoli, onion, and red bell peppers. Other great options might be Asian cabbages like Napa or Bok Choy, carrots, mushrooms, or even baby corn.

We usually serve stir-fries over rice, pasta, quinoa, or couscous.

stir fried veggies in stainless wok with spoon
Made with delicious broccoli and red bell peppers.

How to make tempeh stir-fry

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.

Steam for 10 minutes. Steaming helps tempeh to accept more flavors and make it more tender.

tempeh half sliced on cutting board with ingredients in background

Cut the tempeh into 1/2″ cubes.

Chop broccoli, onion, red pepper, garlic, and ginger.

diced onion, celery, celery on brown cutting board with knife

Heat the veggie broth or water in a wok or large skillet and add the tempeh, veggies, soy sauce or tamari, and maple syrup. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until the tempeh is lightly browned and the vegetables are tender-crisp.

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.

Serve over hot couscous or rice.

Tempeh 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

Sliced tempeh on wooden board with cup of marinade in background

What is Couscous?

Couscous is a whole-grain food is native to northern Africa and is commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine. Couscous is small pasta made of semolina, a form of wheat. It can be eaten as a side dish, salad or dessert, and you can use it in place of rice or quinoa.

Eating couscous provides you with a good source of lean, vegetarian protein. A 1-cup serving of cooked couscous gives you 6 grams of protein.–LiveStrong

Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Check out this short video of me demonstrating how easy it is to make a broccoli and red pepper stir fry without any oil.

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tempeh stir fry with couscous

Tempeh Stir Fry | Broccoli & Red Peppers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Tempeh is fermented soybeans and is incredibly high in protein. It has a nutty, mushroom, meaty flavor, and just one serving of this recipe contains 20 grams of protein. Plus, the broccoli adds highly absorbable calcium and the dish takes just minutes to prepare! Serve this sauté over couscous or rice. Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Ingredients

  • 1 package tempeh
  • 2 stalks broccoli, chopped, (approximately 12 oz)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into crescents
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced, or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cups couscous or rice

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Steam for 10 minutes. Steaming helps tempeh to accept more flavors and make it more tender.
  3. Cut the tempeh into 1/2" cubes.
  4. Chop broccoli, onion, red pepper, garlic, and ginger.
  5. Heat the veggie broth or water in a wok or large skillet and add the tempeh, veggies, soy sauce or tamari, and maple syrup. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until the tempeh is lightly browned and the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  6. Serve over hot couscous or rice.

Notes

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: 120Total Fat: 4.6gCarbohydrates: 13.2gFiber: 1.1gProtein: 8.9g

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Deborah

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

I made the Tempeh Broccoli Saute' last night. It was extremely tasty , and I will definitely be making it again. I was also glad to learn about the steaming trick for tempeh. My husband and I were both highly satisfied with this recipe'.

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Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

That's terrific to hear! I am so glad that you and your husband enjoyed the recipe.

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