Sambal Goreng Tempeh

Sambal Goreng Tempeh

Tempe is made from soybeans, as is tofu. However, unlike tofu,  it is a whole soybean product. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, calcium, dietary fibre, and vitamins. 

We always recommend using only organic soy products since soy is the highest genetically modified food in the world. NutriSoy makes a very reasonably priced tempeh that can be found in most supermarkets for around $3.50 per packet.

We have steamed the tempeh in this recipe to remove some of its bitterness.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 219kcal


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 1/2 tsp. white miso this replaces the shrimp paste
  • 3-5 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sambal oelek chili paste
  • 1 red Thai pepper stemmed and chopped small
  • 1 large roma tomato chopped
  • 2 tsp. kecap manis sweet soy sauce
  • 300 grams Tempeh
  • 1/8 tsp. Celtic or Himalayan salt
  • 2 egg whites or chickpea liquid for vegans (aquafaba)


  • Bring 1 cup of filtered water or vegetable broth to boil, add tempeh. Make sure there is enough liquid to cover the tempeh. Simmer for 10 minutes
  • Let soak for another 5 minutes. Then remove from the water and drain.
  • Cut into 1 cm cubes
  • Heat a large pan. Add 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • Add the tempeh slices in one layer.
  • Allow to brown on the first side. Turn them over and brown on the other side.
  • Remove from heat
  • Add the garlic and tomatoes to a clean hot pan
  • Saute for about 5 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down. Add the sambal, the chopped pepper, miso paste, salt and filtered water.
  • Stir well, and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low, and add the sweet soy sauce.
  • Stir well, and add the tempeh back in. Stir so all the pieces are covered in sambal sauce. Let cook for 5 minutes, to heat the tempeh through.


Sambal Goreng Tempeh nutritional information