Vegan Sesame Tempeh Rice Bowl

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Here’s an easy, delicious low FODMAP recipe for a Sesame Tempeh Rice Bowl that’s featured in my Youtube video on Tips for Healing your IBS. I love making this on Sunday and packing leftovers for lunch.
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
5 from 9 votes

Vegan Sesame Tempeh Rice Bowl

5 from 9 votes
Here’s an easy, delicious low FODMAP recipe for a Sesame Tempeh Rice Bowl that’s featured in my Youtube video on Tips for Healing your IBS. I love making this on Sunday and packing leftovers for lunch.
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Thai-Inspired
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 3

Ingredients

Marinated Tempeh

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons no-sugar-added almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1- inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and grated or minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (8-ounce or 227g) block of tempeh

Vegetable Slaw

  • 2 medium carrots, cut into matchstick pieces
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup shredded Napa cabbage
  • 1 bunch of scallions (green parts only; the white parts are not low FODMAP)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

For serving

  • Cooked brown rice

Instructions

  • Steam the tempeh (optional): Place the block of tempeh in a steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes. This step helps remove the bitter taste characteristic of tempeh. Slice the steamed tempeh into 8 pieces.
  • Prepare the tempeh marinade: Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients in a shallow dish or pie plate until smooth. Add the tempeh pieces and coat thoroughly in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Bake the tempeh: Preheat the oven to 375°F (or 190°C). Place the tempeh in an ovenproof dish or on top of a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, then flip the pieces over and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Prepare the veggie slaw: Combine the sliced carrots, bell pepper, Napa cabbage, scallions, and cilantro in a bowl. Top with the sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss well to coat all of the vegetables.
  • Serve the veggie slaw over the cooked brown rice and with the baked tempeh pieces on top.

Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 886mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 8299IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 5mg

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15 comments on Vegan Sesame Tempeh Rice Bowl

  1. Ray

    5 stars
    Love it! Added some radish, used black vinegar for the marinade and then just added the marinate to the slaw along with lime juice and tahini

    1. Ray

      also made fresh rice noodles instead of brown rice

    2. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for sharing, Ray!

  2. Teresa

    The recipe is amazing, my problem is my rice was a disaster. Would you mind to post how to prepare a steamed rice Basmati, wild or brown, always is my problen in my rice dishes, Thanks

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi there! We’re pleased you enjoy the recipe! Here’s a recipe for basmati rice that has great reviews: https://www.recipetineats.com/how-to-cook-basmati-rice/

  3. Claire

    5 stars
    It was delicious! I have been a vegetarian for most of my life but not had much to do with tempeh.

    I like the consistency of tempeh. The marinade really made it. I got up early this morning and steamed the tempeh and mixed the marinade. So I had it in the fridge about seven hours.

    I can’t say that it takes the time you say it does. It was more like a couple of hours off and on. I will definitely make it again. But maybe in two days. Marinate one day and bake and put together the next.

    I have been on the low FODMAP diet for several weeks and I got some garlic powder in the tahini and a bit of barley in the tempeh. I accidentally got the three grain tempeh but will watch that next time.

    Thank you for your yummy recipe! Hope I can get a handle on this digestive issue!

    Claire

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Claire, thanks so much for sharing your experience. We are thrilled to hear you enjoy this sesame tempeh rice bowl :)

  4. Anna-Maria

    5 stars
    Mium! My partner and I both loved it :) Thanks Nisha!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Anna-Maria, So glad to hear you loved this recipe!

  5. Delnora

    5 stars
    Another hit! I didn’t have any napa cabbage, so used some red cabbage. Also added some thin sliced English cucumber. I steamed the tempeh the night before and marinated it over night. Also made the slaw dressing the night before. Thank you – I love working my way through all your great recipes!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Delnora! We are thrilled the recipe worked out well for you :)

  6. sue

    5 stars
    Loved it!!!!!!. Sometimes I make it with cooked veggies too. Thank you

  7. Flávia

    5 stars
    This was super yummy! The marinated tempeh was the absolute win! Amazing, no words can describe the yummy taste! The sauce for the cabbage was also nice, I would have done it less sweet for my taste. We will definitely make this dish again!

  8. Alexandra

    This recipe is AMAZING! I had never had tempeh until I tried this dish. I have made it now several times. It is simple to make with easy to find ingredients. My partner and I have loved the leftovers too. The vegetable slaw is amazing on its own too, I have snacked on it by itself.

  9. Maneesha

    This looks great, Nisha! Could you use this recipe for tofu instead of tempeh?

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