Quick and Easy BBQ Tempeh – My Grill Obsession Continues….

by Stephanie Tulman on June 12, 2013

Final BBQ Tempeh 2

Hi friends!!  I am totally obsessed with grilling these days – even in the 112 degree heat that we have here in Arizona.  And, since I make SUCH a mess in the kitchen when I cook, grilling makes for an easy clean up meal.  Have I ever mentioned I’m a dishwasher girl all the way?  EVERYTHING goes in the dishwasher.  I buy grill tools and pans that can go in the dishwasher : D   PS, check out my newest grill accessory (which will NOT go in the dishwasher), the PIT MITT!   If you’re going to be grilling, it’s a MUST HAVE to keep your hands safe when bringing those hot pans into the house!  Check it out – you can snag it right here on my blog, powered through Amazon! (There are also a couple of grill pans that I love using.)  Pit Mitt!

I’m also super happy to report that my crazy season at work is winding down! Yayayaya!   THIS CHICK CAN COOK now!  You should all be super happy too – especially that chick from Boston who emailed me to say she follows my blog so that she doesn’t starve.  I love her.  By the way, I LOVE hearing from you all, PLEASE PLEASE leave me comments or send me an email and let me know what’s on your mind or if you tried out my recipe, or just to say hi, and let me know you’re out there! : )
Have you seen tempeh at the store, usually near the tofu squares in the refrigerator section?  Have you wondered what the heck is it and what can I do with it?   Problem solved, kids!   I decided it was time I tried cooking with tempeh – and tried eating it!  It is intimidating at first because it looks like it’s moldy already; and it actually is!  But it’s good mold.  I know, I know, you’re like “What is this chick talking about?”  TRUST ME.  It’s made of fermented soybeans and this chick is a fan because it’s less processed than tofu!  #winning!  Plus, it has a more meaty consistency, so it’s easier to fool the carnivores, and maybe even fool yourself ; ) Done these pictures look like triangles of grilled BBQ chicken??  Check out my friend, Kiersten, of Oh My Veggies and her great blog post on everything you need to know about tempeh!
Vegan Ashley came by for some good eats on the grill.  We were both super impressed with how these little tempeh triangles became smokey sensations that made our taste buds sing.  When you grill up some mushrooms and then put everything on a bed of rainbow chard, this is a well rounded meal that could very well please even the pickiest of eaters.   Give it a try and let me know what the fussy carnivores of your household think about tempeh. : )

xo, This Chick

BBQ Tempeh + Rainbow Chard

BBQ Tempeh + Rainbow Chard


  • 1 package tempeh (find at Whole Foods - if you find it elsewhere, comment and let me know!!)
  • 8 oz. package chopped white mushrooms
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, rinsed and sliced in large ribbons
  • 2 tbsp. lemon olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil spray


  1. Homemade BBQ Sauce (adapted from Andrea Chesman's The New Vegetarian Grill) - This sauce is not cooked because it will cook over the grill. You can use store bought BBQ sauce if you wish, I just thought it would be fun to make it from scratch! Combine 1/2 cup organic ketchup, 4 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 tbsp minced onion, 3-4 tsp ground cumin and mix well.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Cut the tempeh into triangles - you have the option to cut the tempeh lengthwise to make it thinner, just keep a watch on the cooking time as this will cook faster. Place the triangles in a baking dish and spread the BBQ sauce over them, stir lightly to evenly coat, but not to break up the triangles. Let them marinate for about 15 or 20 minutes.
  4. Lightly coat the mushrooms with the olive oil spray and toss in a bowl with the garlic salt and pepper - I like to use The Spice Hunter's Grill Shakers - Roasted Garlic. It tastes amazing on grilled food! (Whole Foods.... seeing a trend here? My wallet is crying...)
  5. Cook the mushrooms and tempeh on grill pans (for easier clean up - see my photos) for 8-10 minutes, tossing occasionally for even heating.
  6. On the stove, heat the lemon olive oil and add the rainbow chard. Sauté with the olive for a minute or so, and then add the minced garlic. Stir frequently for another couple minutes until wilted.
  7. Serve the BBQ'd tempeh on top of a bed of rainbow chard surrounded by perfectly grilled mushrooms.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Sabrina April 26, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Stop & Shop has tempeh.


Suzanne Riccioli August 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I boiled the tempeh in shallow water with ginger for a few minutes on each side before marinating though.


Suzanne Riccioli August 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Market Basket has tempeh, grilling it tonight for the first time. Dishing it w quinoa and sautéed rainbow carrots, spinach & chickpeas. Sorta psyched. <3


betsy shipley August 13, 2014 at 7:08 am

We produced Betsy’s Tempeh in Mich. for 9 1/2 years back in the mid 80’s and developed a new process for making tempeh in stainless steel trays, no plastic bags involved. We sold our tempeh in both patty and grated form that our customers loved. Since retiring in the mid 90’s we continued making tempeh for ourselves and friends and set up our web site showing our easy method for making tempeh at home: makethebesttempeh.org
We recently filed a patent for a tempeh incubator that could be used in restaurants and small shops making artisan tempeh for the local community.
betsy shipley=tempeh pioneer


Ashley July 20, 2014 at 10:54 am

Trader Joes has tempeh!


de P June 17, 2015 at 6:34 am

Thanks Ashley. I thought only Whole Foods sold it.


Cathy July 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

So excited to try this tonight! My 9 year old daughter and I are vegan (rest of the family is vegetarian or basically eats whatever is in front of them ;)) and I have been having fun experimenting with different recipes. We love to grill and this looks easy and delish! Thank you!


Kathy April 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Just made this tonight… With the honey instead of brown sugar, and I baked it instead of bbqing.. nonetheless, it turned out wonderful! I even fooled my hubby and ate every morsel;) Great site!


Amanda August 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

This was my first time eating Tempeh. I followed the recipe including the BBQ sauce. Cooked on the countertop grill instead because I’m out of propane. I don’t like most traditional BBQ sauces, but this was really good!! I went with Spinach because it’s what I had. This was one awesome lunch!! Pretty easy too. My only regret is not making extra BBQ sauce (I halved the recipe thinking I wouldn’t need that much – bad move). Thanks!!


Stephanie Tulman September 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for commenting on the recipe! I LOVE hearing from people! So excited that you liked it. Tempeh is pretty new to me as well – but it’s super good! I’m with you, definitely need jars more of BBQ sauce next time! Thanks again! xo, This Chick


j July 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Tempeh is available most grocery stores now; I get mine at WF (of course) and Kroger (in fridge by salads usually). One other thing you may be interested in is steaming tempeh prior to use in a recipe.
I know it sounds a nuisance, but it allows the tempeh to more readily soak up flavors of marinades & sauces. I have a vegan daughter and pretty much have learned by trial and error.


Stephanie Tulman July 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

THanks, for the tip, Jon!


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Stephanie Tulman July 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Thank you Aurora! I’m so glad you found me too! :) It was a great accident! xo, This Chick


Kim July 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I find it at Trader Joes, Target, and many other small stores up here in minneapolis. Recipe looks great! I’m going to try the BBQ sauce with honey instead of brown sugar.


Stephanie Tulman July 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Oh good to know, Kim! THanks for the tip! Let me know how the BBQ sauce turns out! xo, This Chick


ashley June 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

yum!! Tempeh can also be found at Sprouts!:)Now I just need a bbq!:)I want grilled tempeh NOWWWWWWWWWW!


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