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About the ingredient tempeh. Including 36 recipes with tempeh, nutrition data, and where to find it.


What is tempeh?

Tempeh(/?t?, or tempe in Indonesian, is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that bindssoybeans into a cake form. Tempeh is unique among major traditional soy-foods in that it is the only one that did not originate inChina or Japan.

It originated in today's Indonesia, and is especially popular on the island of Java, where it is a staple source of protein. Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but tempeh is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities.

Tempeh's fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, andvitamins. It has a firm texture and strong flavor.

Because of its nutritional value, tempeh is used worldwide in vegetarian cuisine; some consider it to be a meat analogue.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (166g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 320Calories from Fat 161
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.9g 28%
Saturated Fat 3.7g 18%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15.6g 5%
Dietary Fiber ~
Sugars ~
Protein 30.8g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 18% Iron 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Tempeh is usually found in the other section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Tempeh is a member of the Legumes and Legume Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does tempeh weigh?

Amount Weight
1 cup 166 grams

Legumes and Legume Products

In Chinese:豆豉
British (UK) term:
en français:tempeh
en español:tempeh

Recipes using tempeh

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