Oryana Natural Foods Market
Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 East Tenth Street | Traverse City, MI 49684 | (231) 947-0191

To place Café orders call (231) 346-2852 
Monday - Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm | Sunday 9:00am-7:00pm

Cooking With Tempeh

Cooking With Tempeh

Tempeh (pronounced TEM-pay) originated 4,000 years ago in Indonesia. Its firm texture, mild flavor and excellent nutrient profile make it an ideal substitute for meat. Tempeh is high in protein and fiber, low in fat and has no cholesterol. It’s a good source of calcium and many B-vitamins. Since tempeh is fermented, it is more digestible than tofu or other non-fermented soy products such as soy milk and soy nuts.

Buying and Storing

Tempeh is sold in the refrigerated cheese case. A little black on the surface of tempeh is normal. Dark spots are just the natural “blooming” of the culture. The more black spots, the stronger and sharper the flavor.

Refrigerated tempeh should be used or frozen by its “best used by” date. Frozen tempeh keeps well for several months and its texture is not altered.

How to Cook Tempeh

Tempeh is a firm soy food and very versatile for cooking. It keeps its shape well and easily takes on flavors of marinades or seasonings. It can be fried, baked, barbecued, formed into burgers, in a loaf, or skewered as kabobs. Tempeh should be cooked thoroughly for at least 20 minutes.

Try one of our recipes that feature tempeh:

Kung Pao Tempeh Triangles
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples and Tempeh

Greens with Beans and Tempeh
Hoppin John with Greens
Tempeh Cassoulet

Try our Famous Tempeh Reuben Sandwich at Lake St. Cafe!



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