Tempeh cubes in soy lime sauce

I am a real tempeh fan and especially of these tempeh cubes. Despite having never (yes I know) been to Indonesia, it is one of my favorite meat substitutes. Packed with protein and the texture is so delicious! In Barcelona, tempeh is incredibly expensive in comparison in the Netherlands, so enjoy the fact that you can buy 400 grams of tempeh in the Netherlands for less than 2 euros! Have since started trying out making tempeh myself. That’s quite a journey in itself. When I finally succeed, I will definitely write about this. Have already figured out that I should actually go buy some kind of incubator! To be continued, then.

These tempeh cubes in soy lime sauce are at least a favorite of mine. Whenever I make this for people they always marvel at the rich taste! Tip: Make sure not to be too lavish with the soy sauce, or it will soon be too salty.

Selamat makan! These tempeh cubes are delicious with fried rice! Topped with spring rolls.

Tempeh cubes with soy sauce-lime sauce

The best tempeh you’ve ever tasted! SO incredibly delicious and packed with protein.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Number of persons 3 persons


  • 400 gram tempeh diced
  • 10 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 5-6 tbsp soy sauce manis
  • 5 lime leaves preferably fresh, but dried can also be used (just be sure to soak them beforehand)
  • 1 tsp lao powder
  • 1 tomato diced (without pulp)


  • Heat sunflower oil in a wok
  • When the oil is hot, fry the cubes of tempeh until they have a nice golden coating. It’s best to bake them in sections. Drain them on kitchen paper, for example
  • Clean the wok or grab another pan
  • Heat 2 tbsp. sunflower oil and fry shallots, garlic and red pepper
  • Then add: lao powder, lime leaves, salt, pepper and the fried tempeh
  • Stir everything together for a moment
  • Then pour in soy sauce manis and add the tomato
  • Stir well again
  • Let simmer on low heat for a while
  • Remove the lime leaves and spoon on
  • Delicious with some fried rice