Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

By now, my love of peanut sauce is well known. This dish is one of my favorites for its spicy, peanutty goodness. I adapted this recipe from one I found in Vegetarian Times. I taught it in a protein cooking class last year, and it was a huge hit!



Serves 4


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 8 ounce package tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
  • 1/2 cup water + 3 tablespoons




1.     Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and sear for 3 minutes on each side. Add water and half of the soy sauce. Cook tempeh for 5 more minutes, until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Transfer to a plate and let cool, until it’s easy to handle. Crumble by hand until no large chunks remain.



2.     Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in wok over high heat. Add green beans and stir-fry for 4 minutes, until they begin to brown. Add 3 tablespoons of water and simmer beans for about 5 more minutes. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, chili sauce, remaining soy sauce and crumbled tempeh and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Garnish with crushed peanuts. Enjoy!


5 Responses to “Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts”

  1. Jenna says:

    I LOVE that recipe!

  2. Leinana says:

    I have a package of tempeh in my fridge and I haven’t been able to decide what to do with it… I love anything with peanut butter, and this looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Jessica Caneal says:

    Yum! Quick question: any plans to do anything from “You Won’t Believe it’s Vegan”. It is an oldie but a goodie and they have tons of stuff that I wish I had time to make. Btw, the tofu scramble recipe in that book is my go-to recipe!!

  4. Jessica Caneal says:


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