Sate Tempe (Grilled Skewered Soy Bean Cakes)

Sate Tempe- Grilled Skewered Tempeh

I used to made this recipe for one of my friend, one day he asked me about healthy Indonesian breakfast recipes. He told me that he eat nasi pecel (rice with boiled vegetables and peanut sauce often served with tempe, tahu and crackers) almost every day, he like but he want something new for breakfast- he think nasi pecel is a healthy breakfast, but I think eating peanut sauce and rice every morning is not a wise choices.

Okay, long story short I made this sate tempe because I think there is no food that can be more Indonesian than tempe and sate. I’m not saying this is the healthiest food for breakfast, but if you eat nasi pecel frequently this can be a perfect choice if you bored with nasi pecel. I personally enjoy this as a lunch and I eat it with simple pickles made from cucumber, carrot, sugar and rice vinegar.

Sate Tempe- Grilled Skewered Tempeh

Sate Tempe Recipe

Sate tempe is a grilled skewers tempeh marinated with spices and served with peanut sauce. This vegetarian satay is delicious and packed with nutrition.


  • 300g tempe, cubed
  • 3 tablespoon kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 100 ml coconut milk

Spices paste

  • 3 red chillies
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 candlenuts
  • 1 teaspoon toasted coriander seeds
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves


  • 5 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 3 shallots
  • 3 chillies
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  • Pound together all the paste ingredients in a mortar and pestle to form a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan or wok on medium heat, add spices paste and cook until fragrant or about 3-5 minutes. Add coconut milk, sweet soy sauce and season with salt, stir to combine. Add tempe cube and cook until the liquid absorbed.
  • Thread tempe onto bamboo skewers and grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Serve warm with the sauce.

Sate Tempe-Grilled Skewered Tempeh

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