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Lemon Pepper Tempeh with Spinach

Lemon Pepper Tempeh with Spinach

Are you not a tofu fan? Or are you over it? Well, we have a super easy recipe that will get you out of that tofu-strike before it drives you crazy. A tempeh recipe will easily solve that. And today we have a Lemon Pepper Tempeh with Spinach that you will absolutely love!

If you've never had tempeh before, let me do a quick intro. Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans. This might not sound that appealing but in reality, it's super delicious. 

It does have that particular taste that fermented food has but it's not super strong. It has more of a nutty taste and it will really depend on how you cook it and what you add to it. You can keep it simple with just some salt and pepper or you can make a nice marinade for it. It's super versatile and easy to pair with a ton of different ingredients. 

Lemon Pepper Tempeh with Spinach ingredients

Nowadays, tempeh has traveled wide and far so you can find it in many supermarkets all around the world. And in many places, you will find tempeh made from a bunch of different things. For example, I've had tempeh made from chickpeas, faba beans, lentils and sometimes a combination of a few different beans. 

Aside from being super yummy I always promote tempeh recipes because of how healthy it is. First of all, it is a great source of plant-based protein. It has around 31 gr of protein per cup! You don't get that from many foods.

Also, adding it to your meals will get you some iron, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. It is low on sodium and carbs. And since it is a fermented food your belly gets a good dose of probiotics, which are super important for your overall health. 

spinach and tempeh

As you can see, tempeh recipes are a great way to make healthy eating super easy. Also, since tempeh has its unique flavour you can keep it simple and have a quick, super flavourful meal in just a matter of minutes. 

This recipe is one of my new go-to's. I was so happy of how it turned out and how quick it was to make. I just seasoned the ingredients with salt, pepper and lemon. I added avocado on the side and sauté spinach on the side. The overall taste is amazing, the flavours of these three elements go so well together. 

Tempeh is really easy to cook since it comes in that cake-like form, you can just slice it, season it and fry it in the pan. I usually leave it on there until I have a nice golden brown colour on both sides. But you can experiment a bit and get it to the point when it is just right for you.

To keep it quick and easy, I sautéed the spinach with a bit of olive oil and garlic. Once served I sprinkled it with a bit of nutmeg to add a bit of a warm sweet kick that just seals the deal!!

Lemon Pepper Tempeh with Spinach close up

Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2
Allergens: Avocado, Tempeh


For the vegetables

  • 1 avocado (cut in half)
  • 3 cups frozen spinach (unthaw)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the tempeh

  • ½ tsp black pepper (ground)
  • ½ lemon
  • 1½ tsps olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 14 oz tempeh (sliced)


  1. Heat up some oil in a frying pan and fry the tempeh until golden brown from all sides.
  2. Use a saucepan and heat up the oil, sauté garlic for about 1 minute then add the spinach, stir occasionally until everything is heated up properly
  3. Serve the fried tempeh with the spinach and a sliced of lime on the side.
  4. sprinkle the spinach with nutmeg and add salt and pepper to the dish, enjoy!

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