Tempe Kecap

We tried this Indonesian dish on a vegetarian week. With a few tweaks it's a really easy meal.



  1. Heat a 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat.
  2. Add all the tempeh and season with kosher salt. Stir to coat, then cook for 2 minutes until brown. Repeat for 12 minutes until all the tempeh is golden brown.
  3. Remove the tempeh from the pan and set aside.
  4. Set the pan's temperature to medium. Add more oil to the pan. Add the shallots, garlic, chile, and habanero peppers. Season with salt. Cook until shallots and garlic turn color.
  5. Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime, and bay leaf. Cook for 1 minute, tossing frequently.
  6. Increase the temperature to medium-high. Add the bell peppers and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  7. Add the tempeh and peanuts to the pan. Pour in the sauce. Stir to coat thoroughly.
  8. Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the lime juice. Serve.