May 2, 2019

Coffee Molasses Baked Tempeh

Slightly sweet with a deep coffee flavor, this Coffee Molasses Baked Tempeh is a perfect way to add some plant-based protein to your dinner.

I eat tempeh pretty often -- it's a high-quality source of plant-protein and is fermented (which means it helps keep your gut happy). After a couple weeks of making the same recipe over and over, I'm looking for a change. Don't get me wrong, I love my Crispy Baked Tempeh recipe, but sometimes I want some new flavors.

So I'm always on the hunt for different marinades to try. I don't watch TV too often, but occasionally I'll catch a cooking show (of course). Recently, I saw part of an old episode of Good Eats. Alton Brown shared a marinade recipe for some pork he was making. I obviously didn't want to use the marinade for pork, but I jotted down the main ingredients to experiment with my own marinade for tempeh.


I never would've dreamed up this combination of ingredients, but after a little tweaking, I have to say that this recipe really works. As you may have guessed by the name of this Coffee Molasses Baked Tempeh, two of the main ingredients are coffee and molasses. This gives the tempeh a subtly sweet flavor. It's nice to change it up from my usual savory marinades.

To avoid a marinade that is too sweet, we'll add some savory spices. Garlic powder and onion powder are my marinade go-tos. We'll also add thyme, salt, and ginger. Lastly, we'll add a bit of apple cider vinegar.

How to make Coffee Molasses Baked Tempeh

Simply mix the marinade ingredients together and then pour it over some 'diced' tempeh. Let the tempeh soak in the liquid for about half an hour before baking. Place the tempeh and any remaining marinade on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake. When the tempeh is nice and crispy, remove from the oven and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Lord thank you for giving us a variety of tastes and flavors for us to experience. Let us enjoy each unique meal we eat. Amen.

Coffee Molasses Baked Tempeh

Slightly sweet with a deep coffee flavor, this Coffee Molasses Baked Tempeh is a perfect way to add some plant-based protein to your dinner.















  • 1 Block Tempeh

Coffee Molasses Marinade

  • 1/2 Cup Coffee cold or room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Chop the tempeh into cubes. Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Pour the marinade over the tempeh and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place the tempeh and any remaining liquid on the baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the tempeh is crispy. Enjoy!

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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography