Chili Lime Tempeh Steak Fiesta Dinner

Late summer has me in a party mood. Naturally I think of full blown fiesta complete with a piñata and cervezas. These simple Chili Lime Tempeh Steaks are a lovely centerpiece on fiesta dinner plate. Pair them with your favorite latin rice and beans and top them with a generous scoop of homemade pico de gallo and you’re ready to party. You could also easily grill them for a smokey barbecue flavor.

Whether you’re throwing a party for friends or just enjoying a weeknight dinner at home, these tasty steaks with liven up the party.

Chili Lime Tempeh Steaks

by Vegucated Kitchen


    For Tempeh Steaks

    • 1 pkg. Tempeh, cut in half short ways, then horizontally making 4 steaks
    • olive oil
    • juice of 1 lime
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    • salt to taste

    For Pico de Gallo

    • tomato, diced
    • onion, diced
    • jalapeño, seeded and diced
    • cilantro, finely chopped
    • juice of 1 lime
    • salt to taste


    Begin by combining the pico de gallo ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    In a large cast iron skillet heat oil over medium high heat.

    Carefully add the tempeh steaks to the pan in a single layer. Allow to brown for about 2 minutes. Flip to second side.

    Squeeze half of the lime juice over the steaks.

    Sprinkle about half of the chili powder, cumin and salt over the steaks, and allow to cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

    Flip again, back to the first side. Squeeze second half of lime over the steaks and sprinkle with the remaining seasoning.

    Continue to cook about 2-3 minutes until golden.

    Carefully remove from the pan and divide steaks onto plates allowing 2 per person.

    Spoon the chilled pico de gallo over the steaks and serve immediately with your favorite latin rice and beans.

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