Air Fryer Tempeh

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Want to make air fryer tempeh? Tempeh in the air fryer is easy to make and marinated just how you like it!

It can be a munchable snack or used as an ingredient in other dishes – it’s up to you!

cooked tempeh cubes on white plate on wooden board
Air fryer tempeh is crispy and tasty!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you head off to make tempeh in the air fryer, be sure to read through these recipe tips so that you achieve great results:

  • Make sure to cut the tempeh into evenly sized cubes. This way they will crisp evenly.
  • You can adjust the marinade/spice blend to suit your taste buds. If you don’t like spice, you can definitely skip the tabasco or siracha.
  • Be gentle as you toss the uncooked tempeh in the mixing bowl with the marinade since the pieces can be a little delicate/crumbly around the edges.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer – this could prevent the tempeh from crisping evenly.
  • Keep an eye on the tempeh towards the end of the cooking time. You want it to be crispy but not burned.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you’d like to see how to make tempeh in the air fryer, you can have a look at the recipe process photos in this section.

Alternatively, you can skip to the bottom of this post to find the detailed recipe card without visuals.

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Cut the tempeh into pieces.

First, cut the tempeh into approximately 3/4 inch-sized cubes.

Then preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

pieces of tempeh in silver mixing bowl with spices and marinade
Add the tempeh and other ingredients to a bowl.

Add the tempeh cubes into a mixing bowl with the soy sauce, avocado oil, garlic powder, and sriracha/tabasco (optional).

pieces of marinated tempeh in silver mixing bowl on white counter
Toss the tempeh.

Gently toss everything until the tempeh pieces are coated evenly.

pieces of tempeh in black are fryer tray on white counter
Add the tempeh to the air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, add the tempeh to the air fryer basket in one even layer.

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Cook the tempeh until it is crispy.

Cook the tempeh for 6-9 minutes until crispy (keep an eye on it towards the end because you don’t want it to burn).

Gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time can vary by air fryer and tempeh brand.

white plate of tempeh cubes on wooden board
Tempeh makes a great snack or addition to meals.

Once done cooking, remove the tempeh from the air fryer and use it as an ingredient in dishes or enjoy it as a snack.

Storage Tips

You can store any leftover air-fried tempeh in a sealed container in the fridge.

It’ll get a little softer this way but it’ll last for a few days – allowing you to snack later or add it as an ingredient to a future dish.

If you want to reheat the tempeh, you could microwave it but we’d suggest reheating it in the air fryer or a pan since it’ll help draw out some of the unwanted moisture again.

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white plate of tempeh cubes on wooden board

Air Fryer Tempeh

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Air Fryer Tempeh is a great way to enjoy these tasty fermented soybeans. Cut into cubes and marinated in spices, tempeh makes a great addition to various dishes - and can even be snacked on as is!

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces tempeh (approximately - this was one package)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (more to taste)
  • sriracha or tabasco to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the tempeh into approximately 3/4 inch-sized cubes.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add the tempeh cubes into a mixing bowl with the soy sauce, avocado oil, garlic powder, and sriracha/tabasco (optional). Then gently toss everything until coated evenly.
  4. When the air fryer is hot, add the tempeh to the air fryer basket in one even layer. Cook the tempeh for 6-9 minutes until crispy. Gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time can vary by air fryer and tempeh brand.
  5. Once done cooking, remove the tempeh from the air fryer and use it as an ingredient in dishes or enjoy it as a snack.

Notes

  • Be gentle when you toss the tempeh in the marinade because the pieces can be a tad fragile around the edges.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 294mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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