Monday, February 9, 2015

Tempeh Spring Rolls

As I posted earlier this month about the wonder that is prime football watching food for the Super Bowl, I was actually making something quite different for the Super Bowl Party I attended. It was requested that I bring a healthier side dish to offset all the chili, wing dip, and cookies you could imagine (and believe me, they were all amazing). After attending a party last summer where my friend Scott deftly made these healthy little bundles of goodness, I figured it was time for me to not only work with tempeh for the first time, but to also make my first spring roll. These were not that difficult to make, and I got the hand of wrapping them pretty quickly.

Were they the prettiest spring rolls ever made? Probably not, but they were tasty! This recipe is courtesy of my buddy Nick's awesome blog,

Tempeh Spring Rolls (makes 8-10 spring rolls)


  • 1 8 ounce block of tempeh
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin
  • Bean sprouts
  • Pea shoots (I couldn't find any so I used watercress)
  • Spring roll wrappers 
Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Sriracha sauce, to taste
  • Sesame oil, to taste

Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, and Sriracha and toss in tempeh block. Cover and shake well to coat tempeh. Let rest for 15-20 minutes to marinate.

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Remove tempeh and sear on both sides for 4-5 minutes per side.

Remove tempeh and slice thin. Also grate carrots and slice cucumbers into sticks.

To make a spring roll, put some warm water in a large plate. Take one rice paper wrapper and submerge it in the water. Let it sit for 5 seconds. It should be flexible but not soggy.

Move wrapper to a clean surface. Add a few tempeh slices and veggies to the middle of the wrapper. You can fill them pretty big.

Roll wrapper up, pulling on the wrapper as you roll to keep it nice and tight.

Slice each roll in half and repeat until you use all your tempeh or veggies.

Serve with dipping sauce!

1 comment:

  1. These look great--I wish more Superbowl parties had food options like this! Of course, I made a buffalo chicken cheese dip that was about as unhealthy-delicious as it gets.