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Fried tempeh with green peppers

Updated on July 17, 2011
Highly Nutritious Tempeh!
Highly Nutritious Tempeh!

Fried Tempeh Delight

If you haven't tried tempeh yet, then this is a great starter recipe for you. Tempeh is made from fermented soy beans. The texture is dense and chewy; and the nutrition from tempeh is easier to for us to assimilate than tofu. Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food. It contains 19% protein, is low in saturated fats and contains substantial omega-3 oils. Tempeh is one of my very favorite foods, and I hope that this quick and easy recipe inspires you to try it too.


Makes about 2-3 serving (or more depending on how many peppers you use).

An 8 or 12 oz. slab of tempeh

2, 3 or 4 green peppers (you can substitute yellow or red; or use several types for beauty).

Soy Sauce

Black pepper to taste


Enough sesame oil (or regular cooking oil is fine) to coat the bottom of your frying pan and then a little extra for while you are cooking.

Optional ingreidents:

Quarter cup nutritional yeast

half teaspoon of black sesame seeds


Slice the tempeh into quarter inch cubes. Remove the stem and core from the peppers and then slice them up into small quarter inch size or slightly larger pieces. Soak the tempeh in a quarter cup or so of soy sauce for about 10 minutes. If you are using the optional ingredients, set the nutritional yeast into a large bowl, and then thoroughly coat the tempeh with it after it has soaked in the soy sauce. Sprinkle the black sesame seeds over them.

Place water and the soy sauce bottle near the stove, in easy reach for while you are cooking. Add the sesame oil and some water to a frying pan while it is cold. Put the frying pan on the stove at medium to medium high heat, and add water or soy sauce liberally though out cooking. The goal is to keep the oil from getting hotter than boiling water, so there needs to be water in the pan at all times. If you forget to add water, and then add water to hot oil, it can splatter out of the pan, so use caution (as always!) when cooking.

While the pan is still warming up, add the tempeh and the peppers, stir constantly, and add water or soy sauce while you are cooking. Do this for about 3 to 5 minutes. About half way through add some more sesame oil for extra flavor. Turn off the heat, transfer the resulting tempeh dish to a bowl and serve. A delicious tempeh dish results! Happy eating!

Further thoughts about tempeh

Tempeh is a pro-biotic food source. It is best not cooked at too high a heat, or for too long. in Indonesia tempeh has the B12 (vitamin) in it. United States tempeh usually comes from overly sterile environments, so this healthy aspect of the food is missing. Some producers here are now inculcating tempeh with B12 micro-organisms to correct this deficiency. It can be eaten raw, but the flavor is almost universally considered to be much, much finer when it is cooked. I definitely encourage you to try tempeh!


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      Robert Hughes 6 years ago

      Hi TajSingh, Tempeh is really a great food, and recently has become more assimilated into the mainstream. I know that in Michigan - Ann Arbor area at least - I can buy it at Meijer's!! Next time you go to your major local grocery store inquire if they have it there, you might be pleasantly surprised. Also, if you ever visit a larger city and are going back, pick some up. It will do with out refrigeration for a couple of hours. Hope this helps!

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      TajSingh 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I haven't tried tempeh primarily because it's hard to come by. However, I'm really interested.