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bbq tempeh banh mi

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You can enjoy the fresh flavor combo of a traditional Vietnamese-style banh mi but with no meat at all! This bbq tempeh banh mi a great Meatless Monday idea that you’ll want leftovers of all week. You’ve probably seen veggie versions of this sandwich made with tofu in some restaurants. But I like the heartiness and full flavour of tempeh. Smothered with sweet BBQ sauce, it goes perfectly with quick pickled cabbage and carrots, crunchy cucumbers, spicy jalapeños, and citrusy cilantro.

If this puts you in a BBQ frenzy, I hear you! If you have a hankering for more sweet and tangy vegan sandwiches, I have recipes for bbq mushroom and bbq pulled pork, too.

bbq tempeh bahn mi_hot for food

bbq tempeh bahn mi_hot for food

bbq tempeh banh mi_hot for food
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bbq tempeh banh mi

You’ll be down for Meatless Monday when you taste the flavors going on in this BBQ tempeh banh mi sandwich!

Course Main Course
Keyword bbq, lunch, sandwich, tempeh
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinate 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 1 250 g brick/package tempeh
  • 1/2 C favorite bbq sauce
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 C shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 C carrot, shredded or ribbons
  • 1/2 C unseasoned rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 3/4 C hot water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 long french-style baguette, divided into 4 pieces (or 4 crusty rolls)
  • 1/2 C vegan mayonnaise
  • 3 field cucumbers, thinly sliced or shaved
  • 1/4 C pickled jalapeños
  • 1 C cilantro leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Slice tempeh into quarters (4 slices). Whisk together your favorite bbq sauce with 1/4 cup water, and marinate tempeh in the mixture for 20 minutes in the fridge.

  3. Toss together shredded cabbage and carrot in a bowl. Add minced garlic, cumin seeds, ground mustard, sea salt, ground black pepper, rice vinegar and hot water and combine until well mixed and the cabbage and carrot are submerged. Refrigerate until ready to assemble sandwiches.

  4. Lay marinated tempeh slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping the slices half way through baking time and using extra marinade to baste them once or twice.
  5. Prepare the baguette/buns by spreading 1 tablespoon of vegan mayonnaise on the inside of each side of the bun.
  6. Shake excess liquid off of the pickled cabbage and carrot, and place a small handful on the bottom bun. Place a couple slices of baked tempeh on top and add cucumber, cilantro, and pickled jalapénos.


  • Bao Tran 4 years ago

    I would recommend that you swap out regular carrots for pickled carrots/radishes. It’s a staple that makes banh mi different from a sandwich.

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      I know… that’s why they are pickled ;/

  • Missy 4 years ago

    What do you do with the garlic? I see it in the ingredients but not in the directions.

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      ya sorry just a typo. It goes in with the cabbage/slaw!

  • Alexa 3 years ago

    Just made these and they were absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • Claudia 2 years ago

    This was the most amazing sandwich I have eaten in a very long time. Thank you for this absolutely fantastic recipe!!!

    • Lauren Toyota 2 years ago

      awesome! I’m thrilled you loved it 😀

  • Justine 2 years ago

    This was a f***in winner! The only thing I changed was I bought pre packaged coleslaw cabbage mix because I’m lazy. The flavours were TDF. Thanks!

    • Lauren Toyota 2 years ago

      YAAAY! Thanks Justine!

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