5-Ingredient Crispy Tempeh

January 25, 2021
Crispy tempeh can be achieved with one simple ingredient: cornstarch. Toss your favorite meat substitutes in cornstarch and you'll be amazed at the crispy, chewy texture.

Tempeh is a delicious and versatile Indonesian fermented soy high in protein and fiber. Because of its nutty taste and unique texture, I personally found tempeh to be a challenge to cook at first. But with this easy recipe, you'll be a tempeh master in no time!
crispy tempeh and salad on a white plate

5-Ingredient Crispy Tempeh

Recipe Type: Appetizers Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 2-4 servings (2 as a main, 4 as a side)
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  • 1 package Tempeh
  • 1 cup Cornflour
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 4-5 cloves, minced Garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp Sesame Oil
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1. Slice the tempeh into thin strips.

2. Marinade in soy sauce and garlic. Set aside.

3. Pour 1/2 cup of cornstarch into a shallow bowl or plate. Dip the tempeh and coat each side in cornstarch.

4. Heat 1 tsp oil over a shallow pan. Spread the tempeh in a single layer and cook until golden brown.

5. Flip over and cook on the remaining side.

6. Repeat with remaining oil and tempeh slices. You may also need to add another 1/2 cup of cornstarch to coat the tempeh.

7. Once cooked, place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. It’s ready to serve! You can get creative with the layout too—this looks great on some rocket salad and cherry tomatoes.

Also by Debbie: Vegan Crispy Chinese BBQ Tofu (Char Siu)

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Photo: Debbie Tan

Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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