Homemade Tempeh

What is Tempeh?

How to Make Tempeh?

Ziplock bag method

Tupperware method

Banana leaf method

Bean Comparison for Tempeh

Tempeh Recipes

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh refers to fermented beans. Traditionally soy beans are used as the base. You find tempeh a lot in Asian cuisine, especially in Indonesia. It is often used in vegetarian and vegan dishes for a meat substitute. It's flavor depends mostly on the marinade and cooking method. Although soy beans are the traditional beans used in making tempeh, you can also experiment with using mung beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc. As the beans ferment, they bind together into one solid, that you then slice for cooking and consuming. The fermenting process typically takes 36-48 hours.

You can order the tempeh starter culture online by searching 'tempeh starter'. It typically comes in the form of a white powder.

When making homemade tempeh it is best to work with dried beans, cook and dry them, then allow the fermentation process to occur (see below for recipe and further instructions).

How to Make Tempeh?

Vegan I Gluten Free