Sesame tempeh bowl with broccoli and rice

This is my go to meal for meal prepping. It is nutritious, delicious, and so easy to make!

This delicious recipe comes from Budget Bytes, my edits/comments are in blue. You can check out this site for cost of the meal and nutrition info.

Sesame Tempeh Bowl

Makes 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce 
  • 2 Tbsp water 
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil 
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar – I’ve also used coconut sugar and regular sugar, all work well!
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar – if you don’t have rice vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch 
  • 8 oz. tempeh 
  • 2 green onions, sliced 
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice I use brown rice and cook it according to Cookie and Kate’s instructions. You can also use quinoa.
  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli florets- you can also use fresh broccoli florets- cover the bottom of a pot with water and boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, add broccoli and cover with lid. Cook until you reach desired texture, around 5 min


  • Start by making rice, since this can take a longer time if you are making brown rice
  • Begin by mixing together the sesame sauce. In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, 2 Tbsp water, sesame oil, brown sugar, rice vinegar, grated ginger, minced garlic, sesame seeds, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Set the sauce aside.
  • Cut the brick of tempeh into 8 squares, then cut each square diagonally into a triangle. Turn each triangle on its side and slice it in half so you have two thinner triangles. To achieve the proper tempeh to sauce ratio, you don’t want thick pieces. 
  • Place the tempeh in a large skillet and add 1/2 cup water. Place the skillet over medium-high heat and let the tempeh simmer until all of the water evaporates (about 5-8 minutes). Flip the tempeh a couple times as it simmers.
  • Once the water has evaporated, turn the heat down to medium and pour in the sesame sauce. The skillet will still be quite hot, so the sauce may begin to thicken immediately. Stir the tempeh in the sauce until the sauce has thickened (1-2 minutes), then remove it from the heat immediately to prevent further evaporation and thickening.
  • To build the bowls, place one cup of rice in each dish, top with 1/4 of the sesame tempeh, 1/4 of the broccoli florets, and a sprinkle of green onion.

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