Jerk Tempeh Rice

A great substitute for chicken, tempeh is a plant-based protein made from fermented soybeans. Enjoy with Jerk seasoning and vegetables in this vegetarian rice skillet dish.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 12 oz tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp jerk seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved


  • Tempeh is a great plant-based, meat-free alternative that you can enjoy in a number of ways. Its firm texture and nutty flavor make it a delicious addition to this jerk seasoned skillet dish with Success® Basmati Rice.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, toss tempeh with 1 tbsp jerk seasoning. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium-high heat; cook onion with remaining jerk seasoning for 3 to 5 minutes or until very fragrant.

    Step 3

  • Stir tempeh, red pepper and tomatoes into skillet; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until tempeh is starting to brown and vegetables are softened.

    Step 4

  • Stir rice into skillet; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until well coated.

    Recipe Tips

    Serve with lime wedges if desired.

    For softer tempeh texture, steam or simmer the tempeh for 5 to 8 minutes before using.

    Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro if desired.

Tempeh Versatility

Plant-based alternatives can be just as versatile as animal proteins like chicken and beef. Depending on the seasoning you marinate it with, the ingredients you accompany it with and what meal you are going for, tempeh can be used in sandwiches, bowls, fried rice, or even seared whole like a steak.

This recipe uses an authentic Jamaican jerk seasoning to give your tempeh a strong yet tangy taste — sweet and spicy yet cinnamony. It’s the perfect option for enjoying delicious flavor in a balanced vegetarian skillet dinner dish.

Looking for more meat-free meal options? Take a look at our guide to Eating on Meatless Monday.

Rice as a Base

Having meals where rice is the base makes them extremely customizable — filled with your ingredients of choice and packed with flavor. They are also the easiest way to get a wholesome meal in when you have little time for dinner or need a quick Home Office Lunch.

The best way to put a meal together is to start with a fluffy rice base. Success® Rice and Quinoa offer multiple Boil-in-Bag options for you to choose from that can be cooked up in just 10 minutes! Next, pick what kind of flavors you would like to add in terms of sauces, nuts, dressings or more. if you need inspiration or assistance, check out the recipe content page for options. To make it a well-rounded meal, you’ll need vegetables and a protein source of choice, this can be anything from chicken and beef to tofu, tempeh, jackfruit or any other plant-based alternatives that you prefer like chickpeas.

Simple Rice Meal Idea: This fun deconstructed taco bowl is loaded with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados and, if desired, some vegan sour cream and then top with shredded cheese. Try these Taco Quinoa Bowls or a Jackfruit Burrito Bowl to get started.