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Potato Hash Cakes with Baked Marinated Tempeh

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This is a breakfast that's lovely to make on the weekends when you've got a bit of extra time. The potato hash is a delicious, crispy base for the crunchy marinated baked tempeh and flavourful veggies that get piled on top.


(2 hash cakes per serving)


1 hr


30 min


30 min


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Baked tempeh

Potato hash cakes

  • 2
    medium potatoes
  • 1
    small onion
  • 1
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp (9 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground cumin
  • ½ tsp
  • ½ tsp
    ground black pepper


  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (298 g)
    cherry tomatoes
  • 3
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 cups (150 g)
    fresh spinach
  • 1
    avocado, sliced (optional)

Optional toppings


  1. Mix together the soy sauce, maple syrup, and sriracha in a large, shallow bowl.
  2. Slice the tempeh into 2 mm thin slices. Transfer to the shallow dish and toss to coat. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes. Mix once or twice while it's marinating to re-coat.
  3. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Meanwhile, grate the potato, onion and carrot into a large bowl.
  4. Add the remaining hash cake ingredients.
  5. Use a ½ cup measure to scoop up the potato mixture. Flatten into ½ cm thick cakes on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  6. On another lined tray, arrange the tempeh in a single layer and reserve any leftover marinade.
  7. Bake both trays in the oven, on the middle and lower racks, for 10 minutes. Then flip both the potato cakes and tempeh slices.
  8. Use any leftover marinade to drizzle on the second side of the tempeh. Rotate the position of the trays in the oven and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden.
  9. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium pan on medium-high heat. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until the skins start to crack open, about 2 minutes.
  10. Then add the crushed garlic and cook until fragrant and golden, about 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  11. Add the spinach to the now-empty pan. Stir often, and remove from the heat once fully wilted.
  12. To serve, use a potato cake as the base, top with a few slices of baked tempeh, then the spinach and blistered tomatoes. Top with avocado slices, and enjoy!


  • Best if this is enjoyed immediately.
  • Store each component separately in its own airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Grains & Starches 21%

medium potato

all-purpose flour

Proteins 11%


Fruits & Veggies 68%

small onion


cherry tomato

clove garlic

fresh spinach


No significant sources of calcium

olive oil

vegetable oil


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Suzan - Sept. 6, 2023, 9:07 a.m.

I made this yesterday and I loved it. Couldn’t get the Pattie’s as crispy as I wanted. Maybe they needed more time. We just moved to another apartment, so learning to use this oven.
Even my partner loved it, and he’s not a big fan of tempeh.

PUL Team - Sept. 7, 2023, 9:09 p.m.

Hey Suzan, thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe, and how exciting to hear about your recent move! 🙂 Being sure to grate the potatoes into thin pieces and leaving the patties in the oven for longer can help the patties get more crispy.

Don & Kristen - Oct. 29, 2022, 2:34 a.m.

We just made this for dinner tonight and it’s delicious! Very easy. We especially love the marinade on the tempeh.

PUL Team - Oct. 30, 2022, 2:16 a.m.

We're so glad to hear, Don and Kristen!

Anna - Oct. 16, 2022, 1:04 p.m.

Delicious! I made this for brunch with a friend who isn’t vegan and had never tried tempeh before. She loved it and asked for the recipe. I’ll definitely be making this again. I prepared the hash component the day before and it didn’t seem too time consuming to me, but I guess it depends on how much time you’re used to spending in the kitchen.

PUL Team - Oct. 16, 2022, 11:57 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your experience with it, Anna, so kind of you to make it for your friend too!

simone - Sept. 11, 2022, 8:32 p.m.

Hi there- I really enjoyed making them as the recipe is easy. However, the hash browns didn't stick together very well and also didn't really go as crispy as hoped. I might try cooking them in a pan next time.

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2022, 5:08 p.m.

Hey Simone, glad you enjoyed making the recipe! Two things come to mind that may help if you're interested. Firstly, being sure to grate the potatoes into thin pieces is needed to help the patties stick together. If using a grater rather than a food processor, a smaller grater side may work better than the largest. Secondly, aiming not to over-soak the potatoes and drying them well is also key. We need a little bit of starch to act as glue for the patties, so we wouldn't recommend soaking the shredded potatoes for much longer than 5 minutes. Drying the potatoes well as outlined in step five gets rid of excess water so be sure to give the potatoes a good squeeze. We hope this helps for now 🙂

simone - Sept. 12, 2022, 5:54 p.m.

Ok, thanks for the helpful feedback, that's really helpful. , I'll give it a go next time I try making them.

Anita - Sept. 3, 2022, 1:39 p.m.

Just made these for lunch today and have to admit they are time consuming, so as already mentioned, they would fit better for a special occasion and ideally with someone to help speed things up ;) Most probably I will not come back to them, but it was worth a try :)

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2022, 2:34 a.m.

Hey Anita, thanks for the honest feedback! It is so appreciated to help us improve. This one is indeed better for when we have a bit of extra time, such as on the weekends perhaps 🙂

Juliette - March 25, 2022, 1:09 p.m.

I cooked it for lunch and no left overs 😊may be the first time I really enjoy tempeh, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 7:22 p.m.

So honoured to hear, Juliette, thank YOU 😃

Shaz - Dec. 19, 2021, 4:29 a.m.

Hi Sadia, trying out your recipes recently - loving them so far!
Where can I get that food processor from?

PUL Team - Dec. 21, 2021, 3:32 a.m.

Hi there, Shaz, so glad you're enjoying the recipes! The food processor shown in the pictures is our Magimix. If you haven't already seen it yet, you can find more information with clickable links in our kitchen essentials article here:… . They also may have it at local grocery or kitchen supply stores. We hope this helps for now 🙂

Julia - Nov. 28, 2021, 10:04 p.m.

We love, love, love making these for Sunday brunch; they‘re an absolute favorite. We do get a little bit quicker every time and the several separate elements allow prepping them together which helps speed things up as well. That said I‘d totally make them by myself or just for myself as well. They really are that good.

PUL Team - Nov. 29, 2021, 12:07 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Julia! Thanks for sharing the insight and kind words 🤗

Clare - Sept. 18, 2021, 11:48 a.m.

Delicious recipe! However, this was certainly quite exhausing and time consuming to make, so it will probably serve best as a breakfast for a special occasion!

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 8:46 p.m.

Thank you for sharing, Clare, this one is wonderful for special occasions indeed. We find it gets a bit faster with familiarity as well 🙂

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - Aug. 27, 2021, 2:41 p.m.

Despite that each component of this dish requires time and a steady hand, it’s certainly worth it😋. This is an exclusive breakfast or brunch, which is packed with delicious flavours. It was exciting to cook with tempeh for the first time, and I liked how it absorbs the marinade. I love the marinade, as it provided a wonderful “bacon” taste once fried in the oven. In the future, I won’t however use it to glaze the tempeh as the sugar got burnt (NB no overheated oven). Fine balance with the warm tomatoes and moist spinach! I think this might be my new favourite savoury breakfast of PUL🤩 It’s a close tie between this and the tofu scramble😂

PUL Team - Aug. 29, 2021, 12:46 a.m.

Hi Louise! It's a labour of love indeed, although we're so thrilled it was worth it 😃 Happy cooking 🤗

Maria - July 13, 2021, 1:10 p.m.

I actually made this for my mom for Mother's Day! It takes a bit of practice, be aware that they will not look as pretty, but they taste absolutely delicious! Try to use a pan that evenly cooks, so with a thicker bottom, and make it as even and round as possible! Delicious.

PUL Team - July 17, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

So glad a PUL recipe was enjoyed on the special occasion, Maria! We've found we get better at displaying this one the more we practice. Pictures are generally enhanced though as well 🤗

W - May 29, 2021, 6:24 a.m.

These are some Awesome recipes. I have saved quite a lot to try in upcoming holidays. The way you present the recipes is what we need. Thank you.

PUL Team - May 30, 2021, 8:13 a.m.

We're so glad you've been enjoyed the recipes, Preet!