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Korean-Style Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Grilled tempeh is served in butter-lettuce leaves and topped with chopped kimchi.
Korean style tempe recipe
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Prep Time 10 minutes (plus four hours to marinate)
  • Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 16 oz. organic tempeh
  • 1 tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbs. Sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • 2 tbs. avocado oil for the grill
  • 1 small head butter lettuce
  • 1/2 cup packed kimchi, drained and chopped


Set up a steamer over simmering water. Cut the tempeh into 1-inch cubes, then steam the cubes for five minutes. Place on a kitchen towel, pat dry, and let cool.
In a storage container large enough to hold the tempeh, place the ginger, garlic, sweetener, black pepper, cayenne, lemon juice, soy sauce, and sesame oil, then whisk to mix. Place the tempeh in the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours, or up to three days.
Preheat the grill to medium. Thread the tempeh onto skewers. When the grill is hot, oil the grate and grill the tempeh until marked on all sides, turning every two to three minutes. Transfer the hot skewers to a platter.
Serve the tempeh in lettuce leaves and top with kimchi.

For more plant-based grilling recipes, see “Vegan Grill Recipes“.

Photos: Andrea D’Agosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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Robin Asbell

Robin Asbell is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author.


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