Happy World Vegan Day! And in celebration, the delicious plant-based protein of the day is – Spicy Glazed Hempé! As a fan of traditional tempeh, I was excited to try this chickpea and hemp seed based plant protein as a fun alternative. And I was pleased to discover that Hempé is delicious! The texture is slightly softer than tempeh, and it’s quick and easy to cook in a fry pan with minimal effort. But for this recipe, I decided to spice it up a notch by whisking together a simple and flavorful marinade!
As someone who has only experimented with tempeh in the past, I was really impressed by the soft texture and flavor of this Hempé plant protein. Plus, it’s so quick and easy to cook because it doesn’t need to be steamed. Hempé also doesn’t require as much flavoring as tempeh, so it’s a great option if you prefer a simpler base for sandwiches or scrambles. But who doesn’t like to spice things up on occasion, am I right?! The marinade recipe is also really delicious on regular tempeh, so you can fry up either one depending on what’s available in your area.
Both Hempé and regular tempeh are gluten-free and cultured, which makes them wonderfully healthy and minimally processed sources of plant-based protein. The mildly neutral flavor absorbs spices and marinades really well, making both of these plant proteins very customizable. Plus, no cholesterol or bad fats here! Just nourishing and wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied after your meal. So I’d say you really can’t go wrong with this Spicy Glazed Hempé!
I don’t know about you, but I always love a good kick of spice in my food 🙂 And this spicy marinade recipe pairs wonderfully with pasta and veggies for a delicious dinner! Plus, the leftovers are perfect for lunch. So next time you are looking for a simple and flavorful meal option, give this Spicy Glazed Hempé a try. I promise it won’t disappoint!
Spicy and delicious plant-based protein, pairs perfectly with salad or as a topping on pasta!
- 12 oz package Hempé or tempeh
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth (use 1/2 cup if cooking tempeh)
- 2 Tbs tomato paste
- 2 Tbs liquid aminos or soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
Add all of the marinade ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a fork to combine.
Chop the Hempé into small cubes and place them into the frying pan.
Pour the marinade over the cubes and bring the mixture to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, flipping occasionally, until the liquid has fully absorbed and evaporated (See notes for this step if you are cooking tempeh instead of Hempé)
Continue to cook the cubes for a few more minutes until they are golden brown and slightly crispy.
Enjoy paired with pasta, in tacos, or as a topping on a salad!
- If you are cooking tempeh, make sure to use 1/2 cup of vegetable broth instead of only 1/4. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and place the lid on the pan to steam the tempeh until the liquid has been absorbed. This step will help remove any bitterness from the flavor of the tempeh.
- You can also slice it into strips instead of cubes, which is great for adding to sandwiches as an easy lunch option!