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

3 Raw Vegan Desserts for Valentine's Day

Show how much you love someone with these three sweet treats from raw recipe guru Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake.
Read More »

Double Cheese Lasagna

For a twist on a classic Italian dish, enjoy this multi-cheese lasagna hot out of the oven.
Read More »

Everyday Green Smoothie

Five ingredients is all you need to start your day healthy.
Read More »

Marinated Kale Salad

This fresh, healthy salad is a favorite of VegNews’ staffers.
Read More »

10 Vegan Drink Recipes for New Year’s Eve

We can't wait to toast 2016 with these vegan cocktails from San Francisco-based eatery, Citizen Fox.
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 »