BBQ Tempeh Ribs Rice Bowl

This meat-free rice bowl recipe is made with a base of Minute® Rice, then topped with barbecue sauce-coated tempeh ribs, corn and coleslaw.

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BBQ Tempeh Ribs Rice Bowl

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 2 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 7 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 2 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice
  • 4 oz ready-to-eat tempeh, cut into 3 x 3/4-inch ribs
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup coleslaw mix
  • 3 tbsp Italian vinaigrette, divided
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, thinly sliced


  • If you’re craving delicious cookout flavors, why not make tasty meatless ribs with tempeh? Packed with plant-based protein and fluffy white rice, this fun dish is like a barbecue dinner in a bowl.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Brush tempeh ribs with barbecue sauce. Place in a microwave-safe dish with frozen corn and microwave on HIGH for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.

    Step 3

  • Transfer rice to serving bowl; top with tempeh ribs and corn.

    Step 4

  • In a small bowl, toss coleslaw with 2 tbsp vinaigrette and place on top of ribs and corn. In same small bowl, toss cucumbers with remaining vinaigrette. Garnish rice with cucumbers.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute tempeh with plant-based meatballs, if preferred.

Tempeh vs. Tofu

With dishes this delicious, it’s never been easier to incorporate meatless options into your mealtime routine! Switch things up by trying out a plant-based protein, tonight.

What is Tempeh?

Originating in Indonesia, Tempeh is made from cooked, fermented, and molded soybeans. For an extra boost of protein, look for varieties that contain ingredients like whole grain brown rice, quinoa, or flax seeds.

Taste: As it is fermented, tempeh boasts an earthy, almost mushroom-like flavor. It has a nutty but neutral flavor, so it goes well with a variety of seasonings and sauces. 

Texture: Chewy yet firm, tempeh holds up when marinated and then grilled or fried, making it ideal for barbecue dishes like this rice bowl.

Storage: Tempeh can be stored for up to 7 days in the fridge. Just keep in mind that it continues to ferment and the flavor becomes richer as it sits.

What is Tofu?

Tofu is curdled soy milk hailing from China. This bean curd is extracted from ground, cooked, and drained soybeans – no fermentation necessary.

Taste: Tofu is virtually flavorless, so it absorbs the flavors of the dish it is used in.

Texture: From silken to extra-firm, tofu comes in varying degrees of firmness. For desserts and smoothies, choose the creamiest option: silken. Soft tofu will absorb all the flavors from a soup or stew without completely falling apart. For tossed salads, like this flavorful Thai Tofu and Rice Salad, go for firm tofu which can still be easily eaten with a fork. When stir-frying or deep-frying, opt for extra firm like in this Teriyaki Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry.

Storage: Keep tofu hydrated! You can store uncooked tofu in a sealed container, immersed in water, for up to 3 days. If you change the water everyday, you can extend the freshness. Cooked tofu can also be refrigerated for up to 3 days. You could also freeze firm or extra firm tofu for up to 3 months.

Other Meal Inspiration

For something with Latin American flavor, learn how to make this Mexican Rice Recipe.

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