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Teriyaki Tempeh Meatballs
Teriyaki Tempeh Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
These tempeh meatballs are coated in a sweet and savory teriyaki glaze. Serve them up with veggies and rice for a hearty vegan main dish, or alone as a scrumptious party appetizer!
Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 3
Calories: 345 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Tempeh Meatballs
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 8 ounce package tempeh, broken into 1 to 2 inch chunks
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored soy or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
For the Teriyaki Sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sake, optinal, but very nice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • dash white pepper
  • 6 tablespoons cold water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
For Serving
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • toasted sesame seeds
Make the Tempeh Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 400° and lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor bowl and pulse, just until ingredients are chopped and well mixed. Don't overdo it.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the meatballs begin to brown, flipping once or twice during baking.
Make the Teriyaki Sauce
  1. While the meatballs bake, place soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, sake, garlic, ginger, white pepper, and 2 tablespoons of water into a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir a few times to mix the ingredients and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the sauce simmers, place the remaining 4 tablespoons of water into a small bowl. Stir in the cornstarch until fully dissolved.
  3. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and allow to simmer until it thickens up, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Finish and Serve
  1. When the meatballs are done baking, add them to the saucepan and gently stir to coat with the sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and scallions.
Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Tempeh Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 118
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.1g20%
Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Sodium 1537mg64%
Carbohydrates 36.7g12%
Fiber 9.4g38%
Sugar 13.6g15%
Protein 18.2g36%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.