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general tso’s-inspired tempeh with broccoli florets & stems

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 7, 2021  |  0 Comments

I’ve been preparing sooo many Mediterranean-style eats these days … so, I made this totally-not-Mediterranean General Tso’s-inspired Tempeh with Broccoli Florets & Stems. It totally solved my craving for something different!

While we all love supporting our local eateries for takeout and need to continue to do so (see #SaveChineseRestaurants), it’s really a treat to be able to make your own plant-based version of General Tso’s chicken for a change. I love using tempeh here because the texture can’t be beat! I first poach the tempeh to infuse plenty of deliciousness. And to keep the recipe Jackie-style, I pair it with broccoli florets AND stems … we can’t let those stems go to waste, right?

Hope you enjoy this super flavorful General Tso’s-inspired Tempeh with Broccoli Florets & Stems as much as I do!

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general tso’s-inspired tempeh with broccoli florets & stems

general tso’s-inspired tempeh with broccoli florets & stems

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 8 ounces (227 grams) organic tempeh, cut into 24 pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups (315 milliliters) low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari (soy sauce) or coconut aminos, divided
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or agave nectar, divided
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced divided
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot, divided
  • 2 tablespoon natural hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons organic cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or avocado oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup (60 grams) extra-thinly sliced broccoli stems and any leaves
  • 2 cups packed (150 grams) small broccoli florets
  • Serving suggestion: brown rice, toasted sesame seeds, grated mandarin orange zest


  1. In a large saucepan, add the tempeh, 1 cup (237 milliliters) of the broth, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the tamari, 1 tablespoon of the coconut nectar, half of the garlic, and half of the ginger and bring just to a boil over high heat. Then cover, reduce heat to low, and poach until the tempeh is tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the tempeh and remaining broth to a bowl; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup (78 milliliters) vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon tamari, and 1 tablespoon coconut nectar, the hoisin sauce, cornstarch, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes; set aside.
  3. In a large cast iron or other stick-resistant skillet, fully heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the sunflower oil over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli stems and sauté until just tender, about 2 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and sauté until the florets are just tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. If desired, add a pinch of sea salt. Transfer to a bowl; cover to keep warm.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sunflower oil in the hot skillet over medium-high heat. Add the poached tempeh with poaching liquid from step #1 and cook while stirring until the liquid is reduced to approximately 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining garlic and ginger and cook while stirring until no liquid remains, about 1 minute. Add the broth mixture (slurry) from step #2, turn off heat, and cook while quickly stirring in the hot skillet until the sauce is desired thickness, about 1 minute.
  5. Serve the tempeh paired with the broccoli florets and stems. If desired, serve with brown rice and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and grated mandarin orange zest. Or for a citrusy twist, squeeze fresh mandarin orange juice over everything.


Per serving (without rice): 500 calories, 18g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1290mg sodium*, 59g total carbohydrate, 13g dietary fiber, 23g total sugars includes 15g added sugars, 29g protein

*Note: Use less tamari and hoisin sauces to reduce sodium.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (about 1 cup tempeh & 1 cup broccoli each)
general tso’s-inspired tempeh with broccoli florets & stems
use the broccoli stems!

general tso’s-inspired tempeh with broccoli florets & stemsFor more recipes featuring tempeh, try my kung pao tempeh stir-fry (see recipe HERE) and seasonal indonesian-inspired tempeh & veggie stir-fry (see recipe HERE).

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