Baked Tempeh and Black Japonica Rice Casserole

Baked Tempeh and Japonica Rice Casserole

Provided that you find a brand that has been properly fermented and inoculated with Rhizopus culture, tempeh is not only a protein and vitamin B12 rich food for vegetarians, it's also an incredibly versatile ingredient in fast and easy-to-prepare vegetarian dinners. As I've mentioned before for Ontario readers, tempeh from the Noble Bean is an excellent product that I recommend.

This baked tempeh casserole with black japonica rice takes very little time to prepare and is a very tasty and earthy dinner in itself when served with a vegetable dish or green salad.

Baked Tempeh and Japonica Rice CasseroleBaked Tempeh and Black Japonica Rice Casserole
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Published on February 3, 2008

Simple, hearty and earthy tempeh and black japonica rice casserole with Asian seasonings

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes

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  • 12 oz (340 g) tempeh, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tamari (soy) sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup black japonica (Japanese) rice
  • 2 green onions, green and white parts, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Mix the chopped tempeh together with the garlic, shallots and 2 tablespoons of the tamari sauce in a bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 400°F.

  • Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. When hot, pour in the olive oil, wait a few seconds, then swirl the oil around the pan. Pour in the tempeh with the garlic, shallot and tamari sauce, being careful of splattering, and stir-fry for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tempeh cubes are browned on each side.

  • Put the tempeh, rice, and the white parts of the green onion into a small baking or casserole dish or bread pan. Cover with the boiling water and place into the preheated oven. Cook uncovered for 45 minutes or until the water has evaporated.

  • Fluff with a fork and serve garnished with the green parts of the green onion.

Makes 4 servings

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