Sesame Tempeh Grain Bowl

This vegan Sesame Tempeh Grain Bowl is inspired by tempeh—the traditional fermented Indonesian soy and grain food. In this bowl, you simply roast the sesame tempeh, then build a gorgeous, filling, satiating buddha bowl with brown rice, crunchy radishes, baby kale, asparagus, mushrooms, and bell peppers. And then you just top it with a tahini ginger dressing for bold flavor.

To make Sesame Roasted Tempeh, cube tempeh, and marinate in soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha sauce, agave syrup, garlic, and ginger for at least one hour before roasting in oven.

This is a fabulous recipe to make for meal prep. Just get all of your ingredients together, and create four bowls to enjoy all week long. I also love to get all of the ingredients together for an interactive meal—let everyone prepare their bowl just the way they like it!

Follow along with me as I show you how to make this recipe for Sesame Tempeh Grain Bowl here.



Sesame Tempeh Grain Bowl

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes (not including rice)
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (including marinating time)
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


This satisfying vegan Sesame Tempeh Grain Bowl is filled to the brim with tempeh, brown rice, crunchy radishes, baby kale, asparagus, mushrooms, and peppers, with a topping of tahini ginger dressing for bold flavor.


Sesame Roasted Tempeh:

Tahini Ginger Dressing:

Buddha Bowl:

  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, short grain
  • 2 cups fresh asparagus, blanched* (may use frozen, thawed)
  • 2 cups sliced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup fresh, sliced mushrooms (i.e., enoki, brown, or white)
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. To make Sesame Roasted Tempeh: Place cubed tempeh in a medium dish. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha sauce, agave syrup, garlic, and ginger. Stir well, cover, and marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place tempeh on a baking sheet, spreading out evenly. Place in top rack of oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crisp on outside. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. To make Tahini Ginger Dressing: Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  3. To make Buddha Bowls: In four large individual-sized serving bowls, arrange each with ½ cup baby kale, 2 sliced radishes, ½ cup brown rice, ½ cup asparagus, ½ cup sliced red bell peppers, ¼ cup mushrooms, and 2 ounces sesame roasted tempeh. Drizzle each bowl with 2 tablespoons of the tahini ginger dressing. Garnish each with 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds.
  4. Serve immediately.


*To blanch asparagus, place fresh asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes, remove from water and drain immediately.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American, Asian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving

Keywords: vegan bowl, vegan sesame bowl, vegan buddha bowl

For other plant-based bowl recipes, check out the following:

Green Goddess Buddha Bowl
Moroccan Chickpea Sorghum Bowl
Stir-Fried Thai Sorghum Bowl

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