Sesame Tempeh Sambal

Whenever I don’t really feel like cooking, or just want to make a quick meal, this is my go-to recipe. For a regular tempeh sambal you only need 5 ingredients (salt and pepper not including). But, because I cook this recipe so often, I wanted to give a little twist – so I came up with the sesame tempeh sambal variation.

So instead of coconut oil I used sesame oil, and I also sprinkled some sesame seeds over the tempeh sambal. Adding sesame seeds to your dish is also a great and quick way to incorporate some more vitamins and minerals into your meal.

This vegan recipe will only take 30 minutes to make. I do recommend using a mortar and pestle to mash the garlic and chili peppers, but you could also use a food processor.


INGREDIENTS for tempeh sambal

how to make sesame tempeh sambal

  1. Preheat the oven at 400°F (200°C). Cut the tempeh into small cubes and put them on a baking tray. Cover the tempeh with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, paprika powder, ½ a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Cook for 25 minutes in the oven.

  2. Peel the garlic and heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a frying pan. Once heated, add the garlic and chili peppers to the pan and cook it for a few minutes.
    Get your mortar and pestle (or food processor) and mash the garlic and chili into a paste.

  3. Cut the tomatoes into cubes and toss them in the frying pan together with the garlic and chili paste. Cook on medium-high heat until the tomatoes start to soften.

  4. Take out the tomatoes and mash them with the mortar and pestle too. If I am really having a lazy day, I just crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Also add ½ a teaspoon of salt when you put the tomatoes back in the pan.

  5. By now the tempeh should be cooked. Take it out of the oven and toss the tempeh in the pan. Also add the sesame seeds and stir well.

  6. Serve the sesame tempeh sambal with rice or potatoes.
sesame tempeh sambal
sesame tempeh sambal

Sesame Tempeh Sambal

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 4


  • 17.6 oz tempeh (500 g)
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 6 garlic
  • 3 chili peppers
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Keyword 30 min, Easy, Indonesian, Lazy, Quick, Sambal, Spicy, Tempeh


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