Indonesian Tempeh

Tempeh cooked in coconut milk is a typical Indonesian preparation. In this recipe, the tempeh is first poached in water to mellow its flavor and improve digestibility. It tastes best served over freshly cooked rice and garnished with wedges of fresh lime and tomato.

Serves 4

What You Need:

  • 1 pound tempeh, cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste 
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, drained and diced 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

What You Do:

  1. Poach the tempeh in a pot of simmering water for 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the tempeh and onion and cook until both are lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and continue cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2-3 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. Reduce the heat to low. Blend in the coconut milk and lime juice. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until hot.

More Recipes

Vegan Mermaid Orecchiette {Recipe}

This easy Italian will have you saying “mangia!”
Read More »

Vegan Mint Chocolate Meltaways {Recipe}

Luscious melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and a sweet kiss of peppermint make this the ultimate kiss-friendly treat.
Read More »

Vegan Chocolate Cake {Recipe}

Cruelty-free chocolate cake with raspberries is pretty much the best thing ever.
Read More »

Vegan Rainbow Spring Rolls {Recipe}

These easy-to-make, brightly hued rolls burst with freshness and flavor thanks to shredded beet, crunchy carrot, and smooth avocado.
Read More »

Vegan Lingonberry Brownies {Recipe}

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these cakey, chocolate brownies punctuated with pink lingonberries.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »