Jerk Tempeh Rice

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

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
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TOTAL TIME 25 mins


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


  • Tempeh is a great, plant-based alternative to meat 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 made with Success® Basmati Rice.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, toss tempeh with 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning in a medium bowl. Set aside.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add onion and remaining jerk seasoning and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, 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

  • Add rice to skillet. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, stirring to combine.

    Recipe Tips

    Serve this dish with lime wedges, if desired.

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

    For added flavor, garnish this dish with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, if desired.

Tempeh Versatility

Plant-based proteins can be just as versatile as animal proteins, such as chicken or beef. Depending on the marinade, the ingredients you accompany it with and the meal you are making, tempeh can add a range of flavor and texture to dishes. It 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 the tempeh a strong, tangy taste. The jerk seasoning makes this dish sweet and spicy with a hit of cinnamon. It’s a perfect option for when you want delicious flavor in a balanced, vegetarian skillet dinner!

Looking for more meat-free meal options? Take a look at our guide to 4 Simple Ways to Eat Meatless on Monday.

Rice as a Base

Making rice the base of your meals leads to dinners that are extremely customizable. Filled with your ingredients of choice and packed with flavor, no two meals have to be the same. This type of dish is also the easiest way to get a wholesome meal in when you have little time for dinner or need a quick, hearty work-from-home lunch.

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

Looking for simple, plant-based rice meal Ideas? Try fun, deconstructed taco bowls loaded with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados and, if desired, vegan sour cream and vegan shredded cheese. To get started, try our Taco Bowls with quinoa or a Jackfruit Burrito Bowl

Need another fun dinner idea? Check out: how to make Spanish white rice.