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Tempe Goreng: Deep Fried Tempeh (Vegan)

Tempe Goreng: Deep Fried Tempeh (Vegan)

  • Author: Cook Me Indonesian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Tofu & Tempeh, Snacks
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Tempe goreng is a ubiquitous Indonesian dish served in every home, consisting of lightly-marinated tempeh that’s deep fried. It’s easy, tasty and vegan, and can be eaten as a snack or with rice.


  • 300 gr tempeh
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • 2 cm turmeric, peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 50 ml water
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


  1. Cut the tempeh into small slices, according to the size of your preference. Set aside.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound into a fine paste: garlic, coriander, turmeric and salt.Pound the spices


  3. Add water to the garlic paste, mix thoroughly (if using a blender or food processor, blend all the spices and water together).
  4. Press the tempeh pieces lightly into the spice paste mix one by one, then marinate for about 5 minutes.


  5. Heat the cooking oil in a deep frying pan over medium flame.
  6. Fry the tempeh until it turns golden, around 3 minutes each side.Fry the tempe


  7. Place the tempeh on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  8. Transfer the fried tempeh onto a serving plate.


  • Tempe goreng is one of the simplest tempeh dishes, and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans as it’s protein-rich and contains no animal product. 

Keywords: Soy bean, fermented, protein, quick & easy, non-spicy, common ingredients