Appetizer, Entree

Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

July 21, 2022

Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food  made from fermented soybeans and very high in protein. It has a unique nutty taste and a great texture that absorbs the delicious flavors that surround it. These tempeh lettuce wraps won’t disappoint, as they  are packed with veggies, tempeh, and so much flavor! They make a great appetizer or perfect light meal on a warm summer day. 

Tip: May substitute ground turkey or chicken for tempeh. 



20 minutes


Dinner, Lunch


Indonesian, Vegetarian


2 people, 4 people


1.2 Tbsp oil
2.1/2 onion, diced
3.1/4 cup shredded carrots
4.1/4 cup red pepper diced
5.2 tsp garlic, minced

6.1- 8 oz package tempeh (I used LightLife brand)
7.2 Tbsp Soy Sauce (Tamari sauce for gluten free version)
8.3 Tbsp raw organic honey
9.3 Tbsp Water

10.1 tsp sriracha, or other hot chili sauce
11.dash chili powder
12.salt and pepper to taste
13.1 head of romaine



Prepare The Sauce.

In a small jar combine the soy sauce, honey, water and sriracha. Tighten lid and shake until blended, set aside until ready to use.

Rinse lettuce leaves and break up into individual “shells.” 


Prep Your Veggies.

Dice the onion and red pepper.

Measure 1/4 cup of shredded carrots and set all aside.


Prepare The Skillet and Cook The Veggies.

In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, and red pepper to skillet, sauté 3 minutes then add minced garlic and sauté another minute.


Add Tempeh.

Crumble in tempeh, stir well, lower heat to medium and stir occasionally. Let cook for a few minutes.


Add Sauce Mixture To Skillet.

Pour sauce mixture into skillet and stir well. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.


Sauté Tempeh.

Continue to sauté the tempeh until the sauce thickens and becomes sort of sticky, around 10 minutes. 


Time To Eat.

Once sauce thickens, turn off heat, and spoon tempeh into lettuce shells and serve immediately.


Garnish with chopped green onions, cashews or additional sriracha!

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