Maple-Miso Tempeh Cutlets


Maple-Miso Tempeh Cutlets

This recipe will please everyone at the table this holiday season. Maple-Miso Tempeh Cutlets is a simple and delicious way to go meatless on Thanksgiving with great flavors. Share this with your family and friends, and sure they will love it!
Course Vegan
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Inactive time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • Two 8 oz (225g) packages tempeh
  • ¼ cup (60ml) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup (60ml) liquid aminos (or gluten-free tamari)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tsp white soy miso (or chickpea miso)
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Chop each tempeh block in half horizontally, then chop each half diagonally so you have eight triangles.
  • Fill a large shallow saucepan with a couple of inches of water and fit with a steamer basket. Place the tempeh triangles in the steamer basket and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Steam the tempeh for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the triangles once halfway through. Remove the steamer basket from the pan (keep the tempeh in the basket) and set aside.
  • Dump the water from the saucepan. Combine the vegetable broth, liquid aminos, maple syrup, miso, sage, and thyme in the pan and stir to mix. Add the tempeh triangles and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Let the tempeh simmer in the sauce for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping them once halfway through, until the sauce is absorbed and starts to caramelize. Remove from the heat and add salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.


For a killer Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich, slice one of the triangles widthwise so that you have two thinner triangles. Use those in the sandwich, along with some Easy Tahini Gravy, Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and maybe some Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onion Topping.
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