BBQ Tempeh Ribs Rice Bowl

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

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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 6 mins
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 11 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 6 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 11 mins


  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice
  • 4 oz ready-to-eat tempeh, cut into 3 x 3/4-inch fingers
  • 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 those delicious cookout flavors, why not make tasty meatless ribs with tempeh? Packed with plant-based protein and fluffy white rice, this fun rice dish is a BBQ in a bowl.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Brush tempeh “ribs” with barbecue sauce. Place in microwave-safe dish with frozen corn and microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

  • In 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. Add quick “pickled” cucumbers on top of rice.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute tempeh with plant-based meatballs.

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.

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, it 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, it holds up when marinated and then grilled or fried, making it ideal for BBQ dishes like this rice bowl.

Storage: Tempeh can be stored for up to seven days in the fridge, but remember that it continues to ferment and the flavor becomes richer, which is not necessarily a bad thing!

What is Tofu?

Tofu, on the other hand, 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, instead absorbing the flavors of the dish.

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 thisTeriyaki Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry.

Storage: Keep it 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 three months.

Other Meal Inspiration

For something with more of a Latin American flavor, learn how to make this rice cooker Mexican rice recipe.

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