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Up close of cooked tempeh smothered in sticky marinade

Sticky Tempeh Marinade

This easy marinade is an explosion of flavor, making tempeh irresistible. It's sticky, savory, and incredibly easy to make!
Course Sauces & Dressings
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 46kcal
Author Rachel


  • Stovetop


  • ¼ cup soy sauce *tamari or liquid aminos work too
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 parts cold water


  • Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour over sliced tempeh and allow to marinate for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove tempeh from marinade and cook the tempeh in your preferred cooking method (see above article for cooking options).
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the leftover marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with cold water to form a slurry and add to the marinade. Stir in and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for a minute, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes until it thickens, stirring constantly.
  • Add your cooked tempeh into the marinade and stir to coat. The thickened marinade will stick to the cooked tempeh and create a super flavorful sticky coating. Yum!


*In order to be soy and gluten free, use liquid aminos.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg