Fried Tempeh
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
This recipe makes crisp, nutty, salty strips of tempeh that are perfect in a salad or stir-fry.
  • 8 oz. of soy tempeh
  • 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Cut the tempeh into even, thin strips, about ¼" thick.
  2. Pour ¼ cup of olive oil into a large frying pan.
  3. Heat to the lowest temperature that will fry. I use a flame between medium and low.
  4. Place the tempeh strips such that each piece is fully contacting the surface of the pan.
  5. If your pan is too small for all the tempeh to fully contact it, fry the tempeh in two batches.
  6. Frying time will vary depending on how hot the oil is and how thin you sliced the tempeh: 3 minutes for the first side would be an average cook time.
  7. Watch the tempeh and check the underside to see whether it is becoming golden.
  8. Adjust the flame as needed.
  9. Once the tempeh is golden underneath, flip it and cook the second side for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Turn off heat, remove strips of tempeh.
  11. Blot tempeh between two towels to remove excess oil.
  12. Sprinkle with tamari.
Recipe by Fit and Fed at