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Chinese Ginger Date Stir Fry with Tempeh

Chinese ginger and date stir fry with tempeh, oil-free and sugar-free.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: asian, Chinese
Keyword: asian stir fry, vegan dinner
Servings: 4 people
Author: Plantiful Picnic


  • blender
  • stovetop


Chinese Ginger Sauce

  • 20-24 whole pitted dates
  • 2/3- 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or aminos)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger


  • 2 bunches broccoli
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 heads bok choy
  • 8-12 crimino mushrooms
  • other veggies of your choice

For the tempeh

  • 1 package tempeh
  • 1-2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos

To Serve

  • brown rice or other grain
  • sesame seeds
  • fresh chives


For the Ginger Sauce

  • Cover the dates with 2/3 cup water and let soak for a few hours or microwave for 1 minute to soften the dates.
  • Add in the dates with the water, soy sauce, garlic cloves, and fresh ginger into a high speed blender. Blend until completely smooth. Add up to a 1/3 cup more water to thin the sauce if desired.

For the Tempeh

  • Thinly slice the block of tempeh into 1/4-1/2 inch thick pieces.
  • Lightly grease a skillet, then add the slices of tempeh to the skillet. Coat both sides of the tempeh with the soy sauce.
  • Heat the tempeh on the stove at medium heat for 3-4 minutes, turn on each side until browned.

For the Vegetable Stir Fry

  • First add in the broccoli and carrots to a skillet. Pour on a few tablespoons of water. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the rest of the vegetables to the pan. Continue cooking another 5-6 minutes until just before the vegetables are tender.
  • Pour in the ginger date sauce over the vegetables. Add in the cooked tempeh to the pan. Stir everything together and continue cooking at medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes until it is hot.
  • Serve the finished stir fry over brown rice or your choice of grain. Sprinkle on some chives and sesame seeds to serve. Enjoy!