Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

That’s my kind of bowl. Leafy greens + rice (carbs!) + this freakin’ good peanut tempeh. Introducing Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers!

If you didn’t know by now I love tempeh, maybe even more than tofu, honestly I’m not sure. The thing is I always end up making a tempeh scramble, or simply stir-fry with a bit of soy sauce and some ground chili. To change things a bit this time, I put the tempeh on skewers, shallow-fry, and coat with a rich, spicy, and peanut-y sauce. Serve over a cozy bowl of rice, and you’re good to go!

Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

This recipe has two steps: start out by marinating the tempeh with soy sauce, sesame oil, cumin, and smoked paprika for at least 1 hour, or overnight. Put it on skewers (or not!) and shallow fry until golden brown. And then, coat it with that ah-mazing peanut sesame sauce. The sauce is obviously the secret that makes these skewers taste so good.

For the peanut sauce, I used crunchy peanut butter because that’s how I like mine, crunchy. Peanut butter is mixed with more toasted sesame oil, lime juice, coconut milk, maple syrup, and chili paste. For the chili paste, I went with Sambal Oelek, which has a subtle touch of vinegar and is usually less garlicky than sriracha. You can use sriracha if you prefer.

Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

Now, regarding the tempeh, I recommend you get the best quality you can find. From my experience, some brands have a very strong flavor. Some are bitter, while others have a pleasant, delicate flavor. If your tempeh is on the bitter side, steam it or simmer in boiling water for 10-15 minutes before marinating it; it usually helps get rid of the bitterness.

Personally, most of the time, I make mine. It’s cheaper and tastes a lot better, trust me! If you have never tried making tempeh, don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. I have a recipe for chickpea tempeh and plan to release another recipe to make it in the Instant Pot.

Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers
Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

These tempeh skewers are delicious served with quinoa or rice and leafy greens. You get carbs from the rice, protein from the tempeh, and healthy fats from the sesame and peanut sauce, making it a complete meal!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers
Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

5 from 9 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Marinated tempeh skewers coated with a rich and creamy sesame & peanut sauce. Serve over rice with leafy greens for a complete meal!
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time : 5 minutes
Resting Time : 1 hour
Total Time : 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 Small Skewers
Calories 260 kcal



Peanut Sesame Sauce

To Serve

  • Rice or quinoa
  • Greens: sautéed pak choi, kale, spinach, etc
  • toppings: toasted sesame seeds, crushed peanuts, chives



  • Prepare the marinade by combining the soy sauce, sesame oil, ground cumin, and smoked paprika in a small bowl.
  • Cut the tempeh into about 2-inch cubes. Transfer to a baking dish or deep plate and pour the marinade on top. Stir to coat the tempeh with the marinade. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • Thread the tempeh pieces on skewers. I made 4 skewers with 5 pieces of tempeh each. If your skewers are too long, cut them in half to make them smaller.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the skewers to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until lightly charred.
  • Transfer the skewers to serving bowls and generously brush (or spoon) with the sesame and peanut sauce. Top with more peanuts and toasted sesame seeds.

Peanut Sesame Sauce

  • Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl and mix until fully combined. Add 1-2 tbsp water if needed until you get a creamy consistency.


If you don’t have tempeh on hand, tofu should make a good substitute.


Serving: 1 Skewer (with 1/4 of the peanut sauce) | Calories: 260 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.5 g | Protein: 15.1 g | Fat: 18.9 g | Fiber: 1.1 g | Sugar: 3.2 g
Course : Entree, Main Course
Cuisine : American
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  1. 5 stars
    omg! yaaas, please! that sounds soo good that I won’t stop thinking about it until I make them 🙂 love peanut butter flavours in my savory meals! and tempeh is such a good product – definitely my favourite 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Thomas, you are an artist, food carfter/genius! You make eating plant based exciting, adventurous and beyond tasty–delicious. Your creations pay attention to every nuance of not only flavor, but texture and appearance as well as mouthfeel. I literally feel sorry for others who are not plant based because they miss out of this fare. I declare you and FULL of PLANTS, the best Food Blogger/Blog out there in cyberspace You get many more stars then five in my ratings. Please stay humble and real. I can tell everyone of your recipes are yours!!! Thank you for your authenticity. Will you please put out an App? I want a direct mainline to everything you share. I would gladly pay a monthly to readily access your recipes.

  3. i’ve been making my own tempeh in my instant pot- and it is delicious, and so much cheaper and tastier than storebought! i’ll try this with it 🙂

  4. Do you think this would work outside on the grill on a copper grill mat that’s been lightly oiled?

    1. I’m afraid I can’t recommend you any brands as it depends on where you live and what your store has in stock. I usually make my own so I don’t buy tempeh anymore.

  5. 5 stars
    Yum!! We loved this. I’d never cooked with tempeh before and stumbled across this recipe. Glad I did. We didn’t have chilli paste but I do have a large bag of 50+ chillis so we chopped those up finely and that did the job. Everything else was done as instructed and the balance of flavours and amounts were perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    wow I love the sauce! But I’m still not really a fan of tempeh. But I keep trying 😀

    I really like your blog! so many creative recipes! Please, keep going 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, and my fiance loved it too. I served it with quinoa (cooked in a mixture of water and coconut milk) to increase the protei furthest but would probably try it with rice next time. I also warmed the satay sauce slightly in the microwave before serving. This is definitely getting added as a regular weekday meal as it’s so quick and easy to make.

  8. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, I make it alot! It goes really well with shredded fried brussels sprouts and brown rice! And topped with a dribble of sriracha!