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Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

Sesame & Peanut Tempeh Skewers

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



Peanut Sesame Sauce

  • ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoon full-fat coconut milk (or almond milk for a lighter sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon chili paste I used sambal oelek
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger

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 tablespoon 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 ¼ of the peanut sauce)Calories: 260 kcalCarbohydrates: 10.5 gProtein: 15.1 gFat: 18.9 gFiber: 1.1 gSugar: 3.2 g
Course : Entree, Main Course
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