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Pineapple Kebab Recipe with Tempeh

Vegan tempeh and pineapple kebabs

Published: June 30, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + marinating
  • Easy
  • Makes 6

Delicious chunks of marinated tempeh work brilliantly with juicy pineapple in this easy alternative to the traditional BBQ skewer

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal324
fat20.9g
saturates3.5g
carbs17.6g
sugars5g
fibre9g
protein11.9g
salt1.5g
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Ingredients

MARINADE

  • 4 tbsp umeboshi paste, see notes below
  • 2 tsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp shaoxing wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ tsp Chinese five-spice
  • ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes

SKEWERS

  • 300g block tempeh, see notes below
  • ½ pineapple, peeled and cored

TO SERVE

  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • ½ a small bunch coriander, leaves picked
  • a pinch dried chilli flakes

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the marinade, put all of the ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth.

  • STEP 2

    To make the skewers, cut the tempeh into 12 x 3-4cm cubes and put in a large bowl. Pour over the marinade and cover. Being careful not to break up the tempeh, gently massage the cubes, making sure they are all covered in marinade. Put in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, take 6 bamboo skewers and soak them in water. Slice the pineapple into 12 x 3-4cm wedges.

  • STEP 4

    Remove the tempeh from the fridge and skewer, along with the pineapple, alternating as you go. Using a pastry brush, baste the tempeh with any left-over marinade and put on a BBQ or hot griddle pan. Grill, rotating every few minutes, until the pineapple is caramelised and the tempeh is nicely browned, brushing with more of the marinade as you go. Top with the spring onions, coriander and chilli flakes to serve.

If you can’t find umeboshi paste, buy umeboshi plums, remove the stone and mash to a paste. Tempeh originates in Indonesia, and is made from cooked and fermented soy beans that are formed into a block, sold vac-packed or in chunks in jars. Both are available from Whole Foods and specialist Asian food website.


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