Easy Italian Seasoned Tempeh (6-Ingredients + Gluten-free)

October 23, 2019

Gluten Free

By: Chris Petrellese 

Who knew tempeh could taste so good? This Italian Seasoned Tempeh is loaded with flavor, easy to prepare, and requires just 6 simple ingredients!

a close up shot of italian seasoned tempeh on a white plate

Before we get started here, let’s quickly chat about tempeh. If you’re unfamiliar with tempeh, it’s a soy-based product made with fermented soybeans and formed into a dense cake. It looks and sounds very strange but trust us, it makes for a great vegan meat substitute.  Tempeh can be prepared in many different ways, absorbs flavor very well, and is also packed with plant protein…in case anyone asks where you get your protein from ????.

ingredients for italian seasoned tempeh on wooden oval board

Tempeh is one of those foods that is important to prepare correctly. We’ve had some incredibly delicious tempeh, and other times it has been below average, so how you season and cook it is everything. If you follow this recipe, we promise you will have an enjoyable tempeh experience.

Do yourself a favor now and save this Italian-seasoned tempeh recipe. It’s so dang delicious that we couldn’t even believe it.

This Italian-seasoned tempeh pairs perfectly with pasta, on pizza, in a sandwich, or just on its own.

a close up shot of italian seasoned tempeh on a white plate

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a close up shot of italian seasoned tempeh on a white plate

Easy Italian Seasoned Tempeh (6-Ingredients + Gluten-free)

  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings


Who knew tempeh could taste so good? This Italian Seasoned Tempeh is loaded with flavor, easy to prepare, and requires just 6 simple ingredients!


  • 12 oz. vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or try balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or sub soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional: pinch red pepper
  • 8 oz. tempeh, diced or sliced


  1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the tempeh in a sealable container or reusable zip lock bag and mix until uniform. Mix in the tempeh, cover, and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Once marinated, pour the tempeh and all of the marinade into a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low, and cover the pan. Allow the tempeh to simmer and steam for 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover the pan and bring the heat back up to medium-low. Cook the tempeh, flipping often, until all of the liquid has cooked off and it becomes a nice golden brown color.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes before serving and then dig in!
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-free, tempeh, italian seasoned, side dish, vegan meat

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  1. IRIS says:


  2. Bethany Bolthouse says:

    I just made this for dinner with some pasta with pesto and cauliflower. It was easy and delicious and so so flavorful. I’m still figuring out tempeh and I’m excited to have such a good option for it now. Also I did it with balsamic vinegar and it worked great. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Jessi says:

    Made this with Greek seasoning for pita wraps and it was amazing!! A family favourite

  4. Amanda says:

    The tempeh was so JUICY and flavorful, I really enjoyed this recipe! I let it marinate for a few hours. Easy and delicious!

  5. joyful joni gold says:

    I REALLY want to try this recipe, but it’s cut off in the middle of the 2nd step! Can you you fix this so I can read the whole thing (or send it to me in a PDF)? Thanks

    • Chris Petrellese says:

      Hey, that’s so strange! Can you send us a screenshot at chris@sweetsimplevegan.com – we can troubleshoot this with our web developer. It’s working fine for me on this end. It might be worth trying a different web browser as well.

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