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Vegan Tempeh Pizza

This vegan Tempeh pizza with homemade pizza crust, flavorful tomato sauce, vegan cheese, and marinated tempeh crumbles is so good!

Vegan Tempeh Pizza

Have you ever had tempeh on pizza? The flavor and texture of the marinated tempeh crumbles are perfect if you’re a fan of ‘meaty’ pizzas. It’s just like sausage pizza, without the sausage.

The ‘meaty’ topping is super fast to make. Just add the tempeh into a food processor and pulse until crumbled (or crumble by hand). Then whisk a quick marinade and add the tempeh crumbles. The tempeh will soak up the marinade right away. Because tempeh is so porous, it’s really easy to make yummy, flavorful tempeh.

So, what is Tempeh?

Tempeh is like tofu a soy product. Through culturing and fermentation, whole soybeans are molded into a block. Tempeh is even higher in protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins than tofu thanks to the fermentation and use of whole soybeans.

Pro-tip for buying tempeh: If you want to spend a lot of $$$ on mini tempeh, buy it at health food stores. If you want to spend little $ on lots of tempeh, buy it at Asian markets.

Vegan Tempeh Pizza

The pizza dough

As for the pizza crust, I am using my simple homemade pizza crust recipe. You’ll need 1-2 hours for the dough to rise because of the yeast. You can also prepare the dough in advance the day before, keep it in the fridge overnight, and take it out an hour before making the pizzas.

flour, yeast, and salt in bowl
Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl.
vegan pizza dough in kitchen aid
Add the olive oil and water. Let it knead by a kitchen machine with a dough hook (or use a spoon to stir and then your hands to knead the dough) until it’s a smooth dough.
rolled out vegan pizza dough
Roll out the dough, try not to apply too much pressure if you want a bubbly crust.

You can use the dough to make thick or thin pizzas. Of course, the baking times will vary on the thickness of your pizzas, so keep that in mind.

If you’re looking for a quicker alternative, then this yeast-free vegan pizza dough is the way to go.

The tomato sauce

As for the tomato sauce, I am using tomato passata seasoned with dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt. You can also use (pre-seasoned) tomato sauce, canned diced tomatoes, or make your own tomato sauce if you’re feeling fancy.

pizza crust with tomato sauce
Spread the tomato sauce on top onto the pizza crust.

The vegan cheese

On top of the tomato sauce layer goes the vegan cheese. Vegan cheese needs moisture to melt better that’s why we always want to put the cheese directly over the sauce. You can use your favorite vegan cheese shreds here. I used Bedda, which is a german brand.

If you want to make your own cheese, you can use this Nooch Cheese Sauce, Cashew Mozzarella, or Baked Almond Feta.

pizza crust with tomato sauce and vegan cheese
Let’s add some vegan cheese shreds!

The tempeh crumbles

Then you can go crazy with the rest of the toppings, but I’ve added green olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. This is THE perfect antipasti variation for me.

Vegan Tempeh Pizza before baking
Add the tempeh crumbles onto the pizza.
Vegan Tempeh Pizza
Bake for 10 minutes at 480°F/250°C.
Vegan Tempeh Pizza
Bonus points if you’ve got some greens (fresh basil or arugula to add on top).

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Vegan Tempeh Pizza

Vegan Tempeh Pizza

Bianca / Elephantastic Vegan
This vegan Tempeh pizza with homemade pizza crust, flavorful tomato sauce, vegan cheese, and marinated tempeh crumbles is so good!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Vegan
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 722 kcal


Ingredients for the homemade crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + more to dust the dough and surfaces
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil + more to coat the dough
  • 2/3 cup water

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tomato passata
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup vegan cheese shreds
  • fresh basil to add on top after baking

Ingredients for the Tempeh Crumbles

  • 4 oz tempeh
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  • For the pizza dough: Combine the flour, instant yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and water. Mix and knead by hand until it's a soft, non-sticky dough or put all the ingredients in a kitchen machine and let the machine knead the dough for you. (Finetune the dough: If it's too sticky, add more flour. If it's too crumbly, add more water.)
    Coat the ball of dough in a drizzle of olive oil. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (2-3 hours depending on the room temperature). 
  • For the tempeh crumbles: Add tempeh to a food processor and pulse a bit until you end up with tempeh crumbles. Whisk together the marinade for the crumbles (soy sauce, canola oil, liquid smoke, and maple syrup). Add the tempeh crumbles and stir them around to marinate them evenly.
  • Preheat the oven to 480°F/250°C.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts. Carefully roll it out on a lightly floured parchment paper into two pizza crusts (don't use too much pressure). You can stretch it a bit with your hands until it has the right shape. 
  • Transfer the crust on the parchment paper onto a baking tray. Top the pizza dough with tomato passata, salt, garlic powder, and dried oregano. Spread the tomato sauce around. Then add the vegan cheese shreds and tempeh crumbles.
  • Bake the pizza for about 10 minutes until the crust is golden and crispy. Top with fresh basil and enjoy!


Calories: 722kcalCarbohydrates: 116gProtein: 28gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1093mgPotassium: 741mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 343IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 121mgIron: 9mg
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