Sambal Goreng Tempeh (Fried Tempeh in Spicy Sambal)


Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Marvellina
Crispy fried tempeh is tossed in addicting spicy sambal sauce
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Ground ingredients:

  • 3 shallots (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and finely minced)
  • 5 Red Thai chili (more if you like more heat)
  • 1 tsp galangal powder
  • 1 Roma tomato quartered


  • Place all the ground ingredients in a food processor and process into a smooth paste. Set aside. Preheat about 1-inch of oil to deep fry the sliced tempeh in batches if necessary. Deep fry until they are golden brown. Drain on an absorbent paper towel and set aside. Alternatively, you can also put about 1 Tbsp of oil in a large non-stick skillet and pan fry them on 1 layer until they are crispy
  • In a large skillet or wok, preheat about 2 Tbsp of oil. Add the ground ingredients and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add tamarind juice and palm sugar. Stir to mix and until the palm sugar is melted. Add the fried tempeh and stir to mix everything to make sure the sambal sauce is coating every piece of the tempeh. Have a taste and season with more salt and sugar as needed. It should be spicy, sweet, and slightly tangy


Serving: 50g | Calories: 116kcal