Balsamic Maple Glazed

How it makes my heart sing when I can go to a regular restaurant and order one of my favourite fermented foods, tempeh. Now, when I say regular restaurant, I’m not talking about nonsense places with names like “Wings and Things”, or “Deep Fry It So You’ll Try It”. I mean restaurants where their overall values- eat organic, local, seasonal line up with my own. I was over the rainbow excited to see a veg menu with tempeh on it. And this wasn’t the kind of tempeh you might find at most veg/vegan restaurants where it’s kind of just cooked to a crisp and served over a bowl of rice. This tempeh was prepared as if it were the leanest cut of gold labeled cow (do cows come with with gold labels?). It was clear the chef had taken great care to create a tempeh recipe that could stand up to any of his other creations. It was served skewered with caramelized onions and mushrooms and every bite was so amazingly flavourful, we just couldn’t get enough. And since we couldn’t get enough, I had to try and recreate this wondrous delight. That photo up there above is my own recipe creation, and yes, I know it looks a bit like dog food. Get over it, because it is amazing! As was the rest of our farm fresh dinner that featured a watermelon salad, heirloom tomatoes, organic farm fresh edamame and organic sweet corn. IMG_4693 Now, don’t go thinking that’s how the man and I eat every night. How I wish it was. We are simply enjoying the last days of summer, out on our balcony, with farm fresh goodness before we both start working like crazies soon. Have you yet to try tempeh? Aside from it being delicious… 5 Reasons To Love Tempeh
  1. Tempeh is a probiotic food, which means it helps the body to produce the healthful bacteria.
  2. Has antibiotic properties which help fight down the nasty guys.
  3. Tempeh is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids.
  4. It has soy isoflavones that strengthen bones, help to ease menopause symptoms, reduce risk of coronary heart disease and some cancers.
  5. Tempeh maintains all the fiber of the beans and gains some digestive benefits from the enzymes created during the fermentation process.
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Balsamic Maple Glazed

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 2


A delicious way to enjoy this fermented dish of tempeh with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.


  • 1 package tempeh, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 225g, or 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch


  1. Getting the Marinade Ready
  2. In a bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, garlic, olive oil, and thyme.
  3. Add the tempeh to the bowl, stir and cover.
  4. Let sit in the fridge for 2-24 hours, mixing occasionally.
  5. Cooking
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Place tempeh and sauce in a glass dish and cook covered for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, stir around and bake for another 20 minutes.
  9. Remove tempeh cubes from sauce and set aside.
  10. Place remaining sauce in a pan over medium heat.
  11. Add arrowroot starch and stir constantly to thicken.
  12. Plate tempeh and scoop marinade over top as a sauce, or serve on greens or whole grain of choice.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Entree
More Ways To Fall In Love With Tempeh
Question Of The Day: What’s your favourite way to enjoy tempeh? Share the love!


  1. I have tried tempeh so many times and I just cannot get sold on it. Maybe this will be the recipe that turns me over :)
    Looks amazing!

  2. This looks so good, it makes me want to try tempeh. I have never succeeded in making it taste right…. now I will! Thanks Meghan!

  3. I tried this last night. A-maz-ing! Best tempeh recipe yet. I have to hand it to you , Meghan. I’ve never found a recipe on your site that I didn’t absolutely love. This is one of my favs! As a side note, I’d recommend going slowly with the arrowroot starch. I followed the recipe exactly and 2 tsp. was too thick for us. Perhaps more of my sauce burned off in the oven. Next time I’ll start with 1/2 – 1 tsp and work up from there. Thanks!!!

  4. Made this the other night. WOW! Even my meat-eating, wary-of-tempeh boyfriend loved it. I served it with some roasted green beans and steamed spinach.

  5. Slight correction: “Tempeh is a probiotic food, which means it helps the body to produce the healthful bacteria.” The body doesn’t “produce” any healthful bacteria as such. Probiotic means a food which _contains_ healthy bacteria. Prebiotic means a food which contains certain types of fiber etc which help nourish healthy bacteria. Tempeh contains probiotic bacteria, but sadly they’re destroyed in cooking.

    Nonetheless, this sounds (and looks!) very very good. :-> I don’t think it looks like dog food at all (or else I want to be a dog. Woof!). I’ll be sure to try it out. The whole meal looks scrumptious!

  6. I was just seeking this information for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your site. I wonder what is the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this kind of informative websites in top of the list. Usually the top websites are full of garbage.

  7. i’ve been in a tempeh rut (by which i mean i’ve pretty much only ever roasted, steamed, or sauteed it with other veggies) and this was a delicious way to branch out! thanks for sharing. i enjoyed it and will be loving the leftovers :)

  8. Thank you for this recipe! I made it for my vegetarian girlfriend, and we both loved it!
    Served it on quinoa, and it was excellent!

    Substituted a few things so I didn’t have to buy new stuff, and it worked well (soya sauce instead of tamari, corn starch instead of arrowroot).


  9. This was great! I keeping trying to make a tempeh that is tender (usually always turns out sorta bitter) and this was spot on. I did marinate it about 24 hours and I think that helped. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!

  10. I made this tonight. It really is the best tempeh there ever was. I served it over steamed spinach, kale, and cabbage.

  11. Tempeh-Bacon. Facon. Fakin’ Bacon. Call it what you want. I’m on a mission to master this. | Make Love in the Kitchen says:

    […] Found this from another tempeh loving’ chick: Meghan Telpner […]

  12. Very yummy! I made it last night, and my hubby and I loved it. Side dishes were roasted veggies and steamed grains mixture. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing this.

  13. Help! Absent mindedly I just prepped the marinade, but added the arrowroot :( Can I salvage it and still use this or am I doomed to dumping out all of those delicious ingredients and starting again?

  14. I made this tonight and it was really delicious! The last time I attempted tempeh I wasn’t thrilled about it but this completely changed my mind! My mom and her boyfriend even liked it and they don’t like any of my vegetarian/vegan ‘meats’! I did steam the tempeh for ten minutes before I cubed and marinaded it and it really absorbed the flavors well! I am no longer hesitant about tempeh, thanks to this recipe!

  15. Question: For the second 20 minutes in the oven, did you leave the lid on or take it off? Marinating right now…

  16. Best tempeh recipe I’ve tried I did use coconut amino instead of tamari , less sodium but don’t think it changes the taste much. This will be my go to recipe for tempeh .

  17. Made this last night and our 2 vegan kids devoured it even though I mistakenly put in tahini vs tempeh! I used the same recipe to marinate pork chops for me and my husband. I would use 1/2 the vinegar next time around. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Tempeh has soy isoflavones? I thought it didnt have it since tempeh is fermented. Isoflavones have a bad rep among with the anti-soy crusaders and people are asked to eat fermented soy products to avoid exposure to isoflavones and its negative impact

  19. Followed directions to the letter.

    It was bitter and honestly a bit soggy compared to what the picture left me to anticipate. Disappointed. My fiancé didn’t like it either. All you taste is the vinegar.

  20. This was an excellent way to prepare tempeh….I actually forgot about Tempeh…..and the whole family gave it a thumbs up!

  21. Hey there!!

    So I attempted this awesome recipe. But I love a very busy life in between two jobs and left it marinating about 43 hours (oops…) when I took it out of the fridge it had a hardened yellow substance on top . I was thinking that was just because it hadn’t been stirred. Unless it went bad?

    Should I still bake it or toss it out???

    Thank you in advance!

  22. I love this recipe. I make this in the commercial kitchen where I live for an average of 15 or more people. The only thing I change is the amount of balsamic. I found even 3/4 the amount of balsamic is too much. Today, I made it with half amount of balsamic and found to be perfect. Thank you!

  23. Really yum! A new favorite. Amazing over sauteed garlicky arugula. I found it too acidic however, so wondering if sauce should be watered down or balsamic proportion cut somehow. Also wonder if there is an oven free technique, like bbq or saucepan for hot days?

  24. I love this recipe! I don’t have a problem with the balsamic vinegar but I don’t like to use cornstarch, will try kudzu next time!

  25. Delicious! I recently went pescatarian and this is one of my favorite lunch dishes. I pan fry it and it tastes amazing!

  26. Hi Meghan,
    May I ask what quantity you mean by “one package”? My package is 8oz/227g. Is that your quantity? Thank you!

  27. Common ingredients and simple to make. Really delicious, perfect blend of sweet salt and tang. Love it, thank you!!

  28. Is it just me or are the comments you’re getting here quite rude? I’m trying this tonight, it’s my first time doing trying tempeh. I’m excited!

  29. It’s not just you. I love this recipe and am happy that strangers on the Internet want me to have a good dinner. Thanks, Meghan!

  30. Thank you SOOOO much for this!!! This is a game changer!

    After tons of failed attempts I finally learned to make my own tempeh. It’s so fresh and delicious just on its own but my boyfriend does not like the unusual flavor. I was starting to worry I would have to pan fry it every time to get him to eat any! This was super easy and delicious—I can’t thank you enough for sharing!

  31. Can I use this just as a marinade to cook the tempeh in if I steam it first? Or should I not steam and does th sitting in the marinade for hours essentially have the same type of effect?

  32. I went to a vegan restaurant on vacation and I am trying to copy something I ate there. I had a tempeh caprese panini, it was so delicious. I’ve never marinated tempeh or really cooked much with it. Do you think this recipe would be good for a vegan caprese panini?

  33. I wanted to leave a comment and say that I’ve made this recipe about 5 times (one of them in the process right now =) and it’s a WINNER! My husband says he can “eat this every-day” every time he has it! Its super easy and I always have the ingredients on hand. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ll be making it for a loooonnnggg time!

  34. I was so excited to make your balsamic maple glazed temeph. Sorry to say was really let down. Flavors did not blend well! I let it marinade for 6 hrs. Was really disappointed!

  35. I was really impressed with this. I marinated it overnight, and it was delicious! I have never liked the flavor of tempeh without marinade, but that flavor I don’t care for was absent after preparing this recipe.

    I forgot to use thyme, but I don’t like thyme all that much, anyway. I will use it next time though to see if there is much of a difference.

    I turned back for a minute on the sauce after adding the cornstarch (betraying the instructions), and when I came back, it was a pretty unusable, glutinous-like mess. So I just drizzled some balsamic vinegar and sesame oil on top instead, and it was great!

    Thanks for detailing this recipe and making it available! As a result of tying it, I can return tempeh to my list of healthy foods that I want to eat.

  36. I’m really sorry but this was awful! Way too much balsamic, and the thyme was just weird with it. We had to abandon it and order in pizza! Hoping to wash off the tempeh and use it again with a different sauce.

  37. We loved this recipe! Made a couple slight changes- decreased the oil to a tablespoon and added a few drops of liquid smoke. I cooked it on the stovetop in a skillet with the marinade. We ate it as a sandwich on rye bread with sauerkraut and vegan thousand island dressing. It was delicious!

  38. I adapted this recipe to the point where it’s not quite the same, but I’ll add some tips. 1. Parboil the tempeh in a veggie broth for a few minutes, then place warm in the marinade 2. In lieu of covering the cooked tempeh with the same sauce, these flavors pair magnificently with dijon mustard. 3. Quality of ingredients are very important for this recipe. Make sure the garlic is fresh, the oil and tamari are good quality and have been properly stored, and the balsamic is so good you’d drink it plain.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star