Crispy Air Fryer Tempeh

Crispy Air Fryer Tempeh

This tempeh recipe is sweet, smoky, and perfectly savory. You can serve it alongside some veggies and a grain like I did, put it in a wrap or sandwich, or just eat it on its own as a snack! This tempeh makes for a great plant-based protein source at lunch or dinner time.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • Air fryer
  • 1 Large bowl or casserole dish for marinading


  • 1 (8 oz) package tempeh cut into 1/2" strips
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (can sub tamari for GF)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • dash salt and pepper to taste


  • In large bowl or casserole dish, add all ingredients for marinade and stir to combine.
  • Slice tempeh into 1/2" strips. Add to marinade and let soak for at least 30 minutes, flipping halfway to coat both sides.
  • Lightly oil air fryer basket to prevent sticking and add marinated tempeh. Air fry at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Serve and enjoy!


The tempeh can be left to marinate in the fridge over night if you want to meal prep.
If there is some extra marinade after cooking, you can briefly re-dunk the cooked tempeh back in it for extra flavor.
Store leftover tempeh in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat, air fry at 375 degrees F for 3-4 minutes.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Dinner, easy, Lunch, Plant-Based, Protein, Simple, tempeh, Vegan, Vegetarian

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