Grilled BBQ Tempeh Steaks
Recipe courtesy of Casey Elsass for Food Network Kitchen

Grilled BBQ Tempeh Steaks

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
A simple homemade barbecue sauce transforms tempeh into the new cookout classic. This soy-based protein source can be grilled whole, but a little extra knife work allows all the sauce to really seep in. We think a good barbecue sauce should have a perfect balance of acid, umami and sweetness and this one is worth its weight in charred, sticky gold. After just a few minutes on the grill, you’ll have shellacked steaks that are pure summer vibes.



  1. Combine the ketchup, maple syrup, Dijon, vinegar, Worcestershire, smoked paprika, salt and pepper in a small saucepan. Whisk together and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Continue simmering, whisking occasionally, until the sauce is thick and reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare a grill or grill pan for medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cut each block of tempeh in half parallel to the cutting board to create a total of 4 thinner slabs, then cut each slab in half crosswise. Gently score the tempeh diagonally in a crosshatch pattern, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Generously brush the scored side of the tempeh with about one-third of the barbecue sauce, letting it seep into the crevices. Grill sauce-side down, undisturbed, until nicely charred, about 4 minutes. Brush the tops of the tempeh with another third of the barbecue sauce, then flip and grill, undisturbed, until nicely charred, about 4 minutes more. Brush the tops of the tempeh with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  5. Transfer the grilled tempeh to a platter and serve immediately.