BBQ Tempeh Ribs

BBQ Tempeh Ribs
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Tempeh, which is made from fermented and cooked soybeans, has recently grown in popularity. The affordable meat alternative can be made in a variety of ways. Here, tempeh is blanched, broiled and tossed with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.Recipe courtesy of Ian Theasby and Henry David Firth of, from their cookbook, Speedy BOSH! Quick. Easy. All Plants.
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Total time: 40 minutes
  • 7 ounce tempeh
  • 6 tablespoon store-bought bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup corn (fresh or canned)
  • 1/3 cup soy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 head red cabbage
  • 1/4 head sweetheart (pointed) cabbage
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 scallions
  1. Tip the tempeh into the boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes.
  2. Put the BBQ sauce, red wine vinegar, fennel seeds, and salt into a bowl and mix well.
  3. Remove the tempeh from the pan and cut it into finger-sized strips.
  4. Add them to the sauce and toss to coat.
  5. Arrange the tempeh on the lined baking sheet, leaving some of the marinade behind in the bowl for later.
  6. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes (if they start to bubble and brown, baste with some of the reserved marinade and give them a turn).
  7. Meanwhile, make the creamed corn.
  8. Rinse the corn.
  9. Place the kernels in a large ramekin along with the soy cream and sprinkle with the smoked paprika and salt. Slide under the broiler next to the tempeh ribs.
  10. Make the slaw.
  11. Set the skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans, maple syrup, and salt and toss to coat the pecans in the syrup.
  12. Jiggle the pan a few times to stop the pecans burning.
  13. Fry until caramelized and sticky.
  14. Thinly slice the cabbages and put them into a salad bowl.
  15. Squeeze in the juice of the lime and top with the caramelized pecans.
  16. Once the ribs are nicely browned and the corn is bubbling and browned on top, carefully remove from the broiler.
  17. Brush the ribs with the remaining marinade.
  18. Slice the scallions and scatter them over the ribs.
  19. Take everything to the table with the slaw and plenty of napkins!