8 Simple Steps to a Grilled Tempeh Sandwich

  1. Visit relatives who have grilled tofu and vegetables just for you.  Realize that if you had a grill that worked (instead of the old, crummy charcoal grill in the garage) you could make something like this on your own.
  2. On the Fourth of July, go out to buy a grill on sale.  Decide not to mess with charcoal and pick out a gas grill.  Forget you no longer have a family of five and get a big one. 
  3. At home, unpack the 100+ parts and spread out on garage floor.  Allow to sit for two years, moving aside to accommodate car when winter comes.
  4. Lose manual.
  5. Two years later, read many mouthwatering recipes on vegan blogs and wish you had a grill. Resolve to assemble that grill, not matter what, once school is out.  And when we’re back from vacation.  Seriously.  After all, the manual is probably available online, right?
  6. Pull out your friend’s tempeh marinade recipe and follow directions.  Make potato salad with old family recipe off the Hellman’s Mayonnaise jar, substituting Trader Joe’s vegan mayo. 
  7. When it’s time for dinner, cook the tempeh inside on the griddle.  Reflect that it is, as usual on Memorial Day, dark, cold and about to rain, and that you’d be eating indoors anyway.
  8. Create a delicious sandwich and consume indoors with your family.  Enjoy.

Claudia’s Marinade for Grilled Tempeh

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup, or less, salad oil (note: I used a lot less)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 TBS black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 TBS mustard powder

Slice tempeh in half lengthwise and then into halves sideways.  Marinate at least a few hours before grilling.  If you aren’t a total loser, grill outdoors on your grill.  If it’s rainy or all you have is a pancake griddle, this will work well also.

Here’s the potato salad.  Note that I leave the onions in large chunks so I can pick them out at school.  I don’t want to breathe onions on the kids!  I have terrible memories of Mrs. Charleson, my fifth grade teacher… she had the worst breath ever!

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13 Responses to 8 Simple Steps to a Grilled Tempeh Sandwich

  1. Anonymous says:

    those sound like my kind of instructions. “I’ll do it later…” Makes me want to get a grill, but it would take me longer to set it up.
    Wizard’s First Rule is a super thick fantasy book (first in a series). It is about a young man that goes off into a mystical realm to fight the evil bad guy. but it’s much more than that. he gets pretty deep into the characters and it’s a good read. The TV show is also really good, but it strays from the book.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow. I should print and save these instructions because last year we finally threw away our decrepit grill and I want a new one. This sounds exactly like the scenario we’d be facing since I want a gas grill, too. In fact, I was looking at them at Home Depot just this weekend, but seeing them all put together like that, it never crossed my mind that they come all apart in a box! But of course they do. What was I thinking?

    • Anonymous says:

      Claire, I always end up anonymous on your blog, but just for the record, it’s me, Andrea, who was eying gas grills at Home Depot.

  3. hee hee hee
    Looks and sounds delicious!

  4. talking2alex says:

    As for the grill, yes there are sites where you can find almost any manual, we found one for our thermostat…guess what, not an energy saver if you don’t know how to program it! Also I may know someone who has put a few grills together, who might help;)
    And the oil, I guess I gave you that recipe a long time ago, I use a 1/2 cup now. In reality it is Craig’s sisters’ marinade and I just made a couple of small changes.

  5. wei_k says:

    Isn’t it weird I haven’t figured out where in HK to buy tempeh yet??
    That looks delicious.
    I’m going to apt-sit a kitchen that has a proper kitchen next week, and am excited about that! (I think it has other modernities like laundry and internet and TV w/ reception, too.)

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