Spicy mango tempeh has a crispy texture and a delicious sweet-and-sour sauce! Ready in just over 30 minutes.
I have been on a big tempeh kick lately for reasons that I can’t explain. This spicy mango tempeh was originally a Purple Carrot meal kit that we made. If you’re a past blog reader you’ll know that I have a love hate relationship with Purple Carrot since there are so many interesting, yet flawed, recipes. I almost always change something, and occasionally I like a recipe so much that I reprise it here on the site.
Some people say that you should steam tempeh before marinating and cooking it. I’ve come to believe that that is a myth, and this pan-fried tempeh tastes great just from simply cooking it correctly. Be sure to sear the tempeh cubes on multiple sides and give it a nice long time in the pan. Tempeh has a somewhat nutty flavor, so think about the difference between raw vs. toasted nuts and that sort of describes why golden-brown tempeh is delicious.
I changed the original recipe to be a little bit more saucy and flavorful. Also, I thought serving it with couscous and arugula salad (as Purple Carrot did) was rather weird, and instead I topped it with some scallions and a side of jasmine rice. Also, I added garlic because why would there be no garlic?! I think it would be nice with noodles, too, if you cut the tempeh a little bit smaller.
This recipe calls for mango chutney. Just about any variety will do! If you don’t want to have to use up a jar of mango chutney, apricot preserves would be a good substitute. Mango nectar might work too. I used Harry & David mango chutney when testing the recipe. Stonewall Kitchen is another great brand.
The only other slightly less common ingredient needed for this spicy mango tempeh is chili garlic sauce. I don’t think you will regret purchasing a container of it, which will keep forever in the fridge and is fabulous for adding spice and flavor to any Asian-inspired meal. I find that it blends a little bit better with various other flavors than sriracha does. (Also, is sriracha over as a trend? I feel like nobody talks about it anymore).
If you try this spicy mango tempeh, let me know! Hope you are having a great January.
Spicy Mango Tempeh
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 8 oz tempeh cut into 3/4" cubes
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 2 scallions thinly sliced (optional, for serving)
- In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce, and set aside.
- Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Cook the cubed tempeh until crisp and golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Rotate the tempeh cubes several times to brown them on multiple sides, cooking for a total of 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.
- Add the sliced shallot and garlic to the skillet, along with a few more drops of oil if needed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is slightly softened and browned, about 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the sauce, making sure to coat all of the tempeh cubes. Return to medium heat, and cook until the sauce starts to bubble and thicken slightly, 3-4 more minutes. Serve hot, with rice or other accompaniments of choice.
Adapted from Purple Carrot.
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