Tempeh Kriuk Pedas (Spiced Crispy Tempeh)

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Spice up your palate with this popular Indonesian dish featuring crispy tempeh infused with tantalising flavours. A healthy protein-rich boost to your meals.Tempeh Kriuk Pedas (Spiced Crispy Tempeh)

Preparation time: 20 minutes  

Cooking time: 20 minutes  

Serves: 5 servings  


  • 400g tempeh, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 50g red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 55g fresh red chili, thinly sliced (adjust to taste)
  • 20g fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 pieces kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 pieces bay leaves, torn into smaller pieces
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 20g coconut sugar, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon mushroom seasoning


  1. Prepare the tempeh: Cut the tempeh into thin slices.
  2. Fry the tempeh: Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Fry the tempeh until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain the fried tempeh on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the spice paste: In a pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the sliced red onion, garlic, and red chili. Stir-fry until aromatic.
  4. Add aromatics: Stir in the chopped ginger and cook for about a minute.
  5. Add herbs: Add the sliced kaffir lime leaves and torn bay leaves to the pan. Stir to combine.
  6. Season: Sprinkle white pepper over the mixture and stir well.
  7. Sweeten and season: Stir in the coconut sugar, Himalayan pink salt, and mushroom seasoning. Cook until the paste thickens, about 2 minutes.
  8. Incorporate tempeh: Add the fried tempeh to the pan with the spice paste. Mix well to evenly coat the tempeh with the spices.
  9. Serve: Transfer the Tempeh Kriuk Pedas to a serving bowl and allow it to cool slightly before serving.

Nora and Ryza


Recipe created by Ryza @theveganmumnson and Nora @javanese_vegan.


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