Vegan Tempeh Recipe


Last week we told the story of Jeff and Joan Stanford, a sweet and inspiring couple who dedicated the last 30 years to the creation of a sustainable inn and eco-retreat.

If you missed the article and interview, be sure to take a look. It’s incredible what they have created.

This week we get to peek behind the scenes of The Ravens Restaurant, the inn’s award-winning plant-based eatery that contends with the finest dining establishments in Northern California.

The Ravens strives to show guests from all corners of the globe that plant-based living is ready for the mainstream. Their fare is a testament to how delicious, versatile and satisfying plant-based dishes can be.

Jeff and Joan have compiled the restaurant’s best recipes into a new cookbook that is available now.

While some cookbooks hit the shelves with the recipes untested, these dishes have had to earn their spot on The Ravens menu, served to hundreds of guests and refined to perfection.

Not only do we have a copy of their book to giveaway, they’ve also been generous enough to allow us to feature one of the recipes from the book.

So without further ado, we hope you enjoy this Almond Hazelnut-Battered Tempeh recipe. From Jeff and Joan’s kitchen to yours.

Bon appetite!

Almond Hazelnut-Battered Tempeh (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Whole food! Tempeh is a fermented soy product, and as those of you who have cooked it before will know, it sometimes retains the taste of the culture used for fermentation. In this recipe, the marinade helps wash away the taste of the culture.

The almonds and hazelnuts provide a crunchy crust. If there is leftover encrusted tempeh from the dinner preparation, we put it out for our staff, who eat it like kids eating fish sticks.

This dish is perfect to use as the base for any holiday entrée; serve with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and a fruit sauce: cranberry—what else?

Almond-Hazelnut Battered Tempeh

Yield: Serves 4-6


    For the Marinated Tempeh:
  • 1 tablespoon sliced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup gluten-free tamari
  • 1 (6.5-ounce) package tempeh, sliced 1⁄2 inch thick on the bias
    For the Flax “Egg” Wash:
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 1⁄2 cup warm water
    For the Almond Hazelnut Crust and Assembly:
  • 1⁄2 cup raw almonds
  • 1⁄2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Spray oil or 2 tablespoons olive oil


    For the Marinated Tempeh:
  1. Combine ginger, garlic, water, and tamari in a saucepan and add the sliced tempeh. Cook until tempeh his heated through, about 10–15 minutes.
  2. Drain tempeh from cooking liquid, set aside, and let cool.
    For the Flax “Egg” Wash:
  1. In large mixing bowl, combine flaxseeds and warm water and whisk until thickened. More water may be added as necessary; mixture should resemble thick pancake batter.
    For the Almond Hazelnut Crust and Assembly:
  1. In food processor, combine almonds and hazelnuts and process until coarse, sandlike consistency is achieved.
  2. Add salt and pepper and process for a moment longer until well incorporated.
  3. Place in a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Dip each slice of tempeh into the flax wash and immediately dredge in the almond and hazelnut mixture until the tempeh is well coated.
  6. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray, then set tempeh slices on it.
  7. Bake for 20–30 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
  8. Alternatively, place 2 tablespoons olive oil in a sauté pan, or oil a griddle and heat to medium heat. Place each piece of tempeh on the pan or griddle and cook until golden brown on each side (5–7 minutes per side).


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