Smoked BBQ Tempeh/Tofo

Smoked BBQ Tempeh/Tofo

This spicy crispy fried dish is great as a snack side or a main served with rice.


  • Tempeh or firm tofu
  • Cornflour
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chilli powder
  • Fresh chilli
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Maple syrup
  • Tomato, bbq or any other sauce you prefer


  1. Cut tempeh into cubes or sticks, around the size of your thumb
  2. Rub in cornflour until all sides are coated well
  3. In a frying pan with a thin layer of cooking oil fry each side until golden and crispy. Then remove and keep to the side for later. It’s key to get them crispy here though otherwise it will make for a soggy dish later
  4. Chop fresh chilli, garlic and ginger you can also leave these out or add other ingredients it’s up to you what you use for seasoning
  5. Fry the fresh ingredients in the pan used before it’s fine to use the same oil with bits of cornflour in it
  6. Keep the pan on medium heat and add around half a cup of maple syrup to the pan and continuously stir this will thicken and make your sauce sticky
  7. Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika
  8. Add chilli powder to taste make them as hot or mild as you want
  9. Add around half a cup of your sauce of choice all the while keep stirring your sauce
  10. Once sauce is thick and sticky toss in your pre crispy tofu/tempeh and fry for a little bit until all the pieces are coated with the sauce
  11. Serve and enjoy

You have all the flexibility in the world with this dish pretty much the only keep elements are coating and frying the tempeh or firm tofu, make sure they are crispy before setting aside. Maple syrup the other key element as it thickens and makes the sauce stick. With the seasoning and sauce experiment and try different ingredients and scale up or down based on how much crispy fried goodness you prepared.

If you create a kick arse sauce blend, please share.

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