Fried Rice with Tempeh Recipe

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This is a delicious and healthy way to have fried rice. The tempeh provides a salty nuttiness similar to adding bacon, but with healthy goodness too. We tend to throw in whatever we have on hand, and the recipe below sort of demonstrates that. Using this method and sauce, you can add just about anything to the fried rice and it will taste great! It's the result of a lot of experimentation on my part. if you like a kick to your fried rice, I still recommend cooking this way and just adding some hot chili sauce to your bowl after serving. If you love ginger, you might want to add some chopped fresh ginger with the garlic. This is just as good for breakfast or lunch as for dinner.

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Servings: 10-12


Cost per serving $3.09 view details
  • 1 8oz package tempeh (we use Trader Joe's 3 grain tempeh)
  • 3-4 Tbsp canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced or chopped
  • 2 medium carrots thinly sliced
  • 10-20 broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
  • 1 salmon fillet (we had a left over from last nights meal and threw it in...otherwise would not have bothered)
  • 3 cups of uncooked rice (we used half short grain brown mixed with half jasmine long grain white)
  • 3 eggs and 3 additional egg whites
  • 2-3 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp hoisin sauce (you can just use 4-6 Tbsp of either of these ingredients if you have one but not the other)
  • 2-3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Put the rice in a pan or rice cooker with 3 3/4 cups water and cook.
  2. In a large wok or very large saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp oil to medium high. Break up the tempeh with your fingers into the pan. Cook, turning and stirring frequently until the tempeh is browned on all sides, about 6-7 minutes. Remove to paper towels, then sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and black pepper.
  3. Add the remaining oil to the pan and add the chopped onions, carrots, and red bell pepper. Stir for 1-2 minutes, then add the garlic and broccoli florets. Stir for another 2 minutes, then add the salmon. Break up the salmon as you stir for another 1-2 minutes then add the cooked rice. Stir for 2 minutes, letting the rice slightly brown on one side before turning. Add the 3 eggs and egg whites. Continue turning as the rice browns for another 2 minutes. Add the cooked tempeh, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. Continue to stir until the sauces are all nice blended and the rice is browned to your liking, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve into bowls and let cool slightly before serving. Serve with Japanese and/or Korean pickles and kimchee.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 706g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 561  
Calories from Fat 122 22%
Total Fat 13.94g 17%
Saturated Fat 2.23g 9%
Trans Fat 0.02g  
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 640mg 27%
Potassium 2076mg 59%
Total Carbs 88.16g 24%
Dietary Fiber 15.9g 53%
Sugars 11.72g 8%
Protein 30.25g 48%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    Wonderful, healthy comfort food. Great as a side or main dish. We often serve as both. Lots of other green and root vegetables can be thrown in. We even include tomatoes now and then.
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    • Micheline
      Great tasting tempeh recipe! Will be on my weekly menu for sure. Thanks for sharing.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • Micheline
        Great tasting tempeh recipe! Will be on my weekly menu for sure. Thanks for sharing.
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


        • Rocquie
          February 1, 2011
          I love fried rice and I love tempeh. I've just never thought of combining them. What a great idea and one I will definately remember.
          1 reply
          • John Spottiswood
            February 1, 2011
            Thanks for the note Rocquie. Just followed it to your site and am going to try your Borscht recipe before the weather turns to warm. It looks wonderful!
          • annie
            January 31, 2011
            I love tempeh this is a great looking recipe
            1 reply

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