Tempeh Pecan Vegan Pate

By Alexandra Caspero on December 6, 2019
Save this one to make over the holiday season or for happy hour at home!
Serves 8

Tempeh Pecan Vegan Pate! An amazing vegan pate appetizer to satisfy everyone! 
This recipe was first published in 2014 and updated in 2019. 

These pictures might fool you into thinking that I plan on sharing this vegan pate with others. Sure, it’s the absolute perfect make-ahead holiday appetizer or happy hour snack, but good luck on sharing.

Other potential names for this vegan pate post included:
Ways to impress meat-eating friends.
The only appetizer you will ever want to eat again.
Just try to control yourself.
How is this even vegan?
The only way I ever want to eat tempeh again.

And that about sums it up.

Creamy, savory tempeh vegan pate that I want to slather on just about everything. I’m pairing it with toasted pita bread here, but I’ve also been known to roll it in a tortilla and quickly shove it in my mouth.

vegan pate with pita and cherries

Vegan pate inspiration

This vegan pate is an attempt to recreate the bestappetizerever that BL and I enjoyed in Prague a few years ago. Side note: if you are ever considering Prague for vacation, the answer is yes. Besides ohmygosh isthisreallife? architecture and castles galore, we enjoyed some of the best vegetarian cuisine.

After sampling what seemed like everything on the menu at Clear Head, we both decided that the smoked tofu pate was one of the best things we’ve ever tasted. Totally unassuming, it was a flavor explosion! Creamy! Smoky! Meaty! Dill! All in one bite. You know it’s good when BL asks if he can have the last bite.

So, back in the ol’ U S of A, I decided to take my own crack at it. I decided to use tempeh instead of tofu because try as I might, I couldn’t replicate the same texture when I used tofu. I wanted there to be some tooth to it, chunky but not chunky. A little bite that can hold up to crusty bread and a touch of sweet fruit.

Tempeh Pate with Cherry Jam

Of course, tempeh did not disappoint and this vegan pate was born. A simple glaze of soy sauce and ginger is the perfect way to say- tempeh, you are the best! 

Lastly, it might seem trivial, but do not skip the fruit topping! It brings the entire vegan pate experience together! Options may include pomegranate relish, fresh cranberry sauce, or fresh sliced cherries.

tempeh vegan pate

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge. I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

If you like this vegan pate, then you’ll love these other vegan appetizer recipes:

Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts
BBQ Tofu Sliders
Sriracha Cauliflower Wings
Dilled Vegan Almond Cheese Ball

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vegan pate with cherries

Tempeh Pecan Vegan Pate

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 appetizer servings 1x
  • Category: pate, appetizer
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan

Description

Tempeh Pecan Pate! An amazing tempeh pate appetizer to satisfy everyone! Save this one to make over the holiday season or for happy hour at home!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 appetizer servings 1x
  • Category: pate, appetizer
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 appetizer servings 1x
  • Category: pate, appetizer
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. tempeh patty, quartered
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free version)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup prepared mayo (I like Vegenaise and Just Mayo for vegan versions)
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • pita, for serving
  • cherry jam, for serving
  • thinly sliced scallions, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the tempeh patties and let brown on either side.
  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, water, minced garlic clove and ginger. Pour over the tempeh and let cook until all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove the tempeh from the pan, roughly chop and place into the food processor. Add in the mayo and pecans and roughly pulse until combined.
  4. Add in the rest of the dill and the onions. Pulse to combine.
  5. Serve on toast or pita bread. Top with cherry jam and thinly sliced scallions

Notes

This can be made ahead of time, bring it out of the fridge 15-20 minutes before serving so it’s spreadable. Other toppings instead of cherry jam: fresh sliced cherries, pomegranate relish, cranberry relish.

Highly, highly recommend serving with a little sweet fruit topping as it really completes the creamy pate and toasted bread.

** This recipe was originally posted in October, 2014 and was updated December, 2019.

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    1. Angie Wright
      December 31, 2019 AT 8:27 am

      Hi! In your notes, you mention a “glaze of soy sauce and ginger”, but ginger isn’t listed in the ingredients. Just wondering … ginger, or no ginger? Thanks so much!

      1. Alex
        January 2, 2020 AT 11:10 am

        Good catch- thanks Angie! Yes, ginger is so yummy here. I’ll update the recipe now.

    2. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
      October 31, 2014 AT 2:27 pm

      ooh never would have thought of that one! Creative!

    3. Dietitian Jess
      October 31, 2014 AT 5:44 am

      Ingenious! Seriously though… tempeh pate!? Mind blown… I can see this cleverly disguised for my meat eating friends and then surprising them by telling them its vegan, I love doing that.

    4. Graeme
      October 29, 2014 AT 2:57 pm

      This sounds fantastic! I’m Going to have to make it this weekend.

      1. DK
        October 29, 2014 AT 4:03 pm

        Awesome! Please let me know what you think, I would love to hear your comments!