Delicious Tempeh Sloppy Joes

A new and healthy twist on a childhood favorite.

After learning about the benefits of blackstrap molasses, I wanted to look up a few recipes using it. I came across this recipe on I wanted to give it a try but I have a different method for preparation of the tempeh itself. In the original recipe, the author calls for crumbling the tempeh directly into the pan without any pre-cooking. I’ve definitely found that I prefer to precook my tempeh to make it creamier and more palatable.

How did it taste?

This was another totally delicious, healthy recipe, which is a good thing because it was a complete experiment and could have been a waste of ingredients. It tastes very fresh and as a wide range of flavors that shift as you chew and swallow. The cumin and cayenne give it a nice little bite but the honey and molasses keep a fullness and mild sweetness to it. The cooking time of the onions and pepper kept them vibrant. The preparation of the tempeh itself gave this dinner a mouthy fullness and creaminess.

While this is, in theory, a sloppy joe style recipe, I’ve been serving it over a bed of rice.

Delicious Tempeh Sloppy Joes

Category: Healthy Recipes to help you enjoy eating a healthy diet.

Delicious Tempeh Sloppy Joes


1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 red onion, chopped

2 (8 ounce) packages tempeh, cubed

1 green bell pepper chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

2 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 pinch ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder


  1. Place the tempeh and Liquid Aminos into a pot of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat slightly and cook at a rolling boil for 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Chop the tempeh until it is roughly the consistency of ground meat.
  4. Mix all the spices into a small bowl for easier addition to the cooking.
  5. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Heat the oil in the pan then add the onions and green peppers. Saute until the onions are almost translucent.
  7. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the spice mixture and stir well for 1-2 minutes to really activate the spices.
  9. Add the chopped tempeh, stirring well and cook until the tempeh is golden brown.
  10. Add the molasses, honey and tomato sauce stirring well.
  11. Lower the heat to medium/low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.


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