Tempeh Satay Skewers

These tempeh satay skewers are perfect for a barbecue, for a party or as a side dish. And even better: it will only take 15/20 minutes to make. The satay sauce is a 4-ingredient recipe, and for the tempeh marinade you only need soy sauce and a few seasonings.

You could either grill the skewers, cook them in a frying pan, or even in the oven. Today I just used a frying pan. I also chose to make small skewers to make it more of a party snack, but you can also make them with regular sized skewers of course.


INGREDIENTS for tempeh satay skewers

how to make tempeh satay skewers

  1.  Cut the block of tempeh into cubes. I ended up having 32 cubes and made 8 small skewers with it. Tip: if you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes so that they won’t burn when you grill them.

  2. Bring water to a boil, and cook the tempeh for 3 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, mix the soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. When the tempeh is cooked, drain the water and add the tempeh to the mixture. Stir well and let it sit for a while.

  4. Get a saucepan and add the peanut butter, kecap manis, sambal (or one finely chopped chili pepper) and water. Cook on low heat and stir every now and then.

  5.  Next, thread the tempeh pieces on a skewer. Grill or cook them until they have a nice brown color.

  6. The satay sauce should be smooth by now. Put the tempeh skewers on a plate and pour the satay sauce over it. I put some extra sauce in the middle of the plate in case people want to add some more to their skewers. Optional: garnish with some chopped roasted peanuts.

  7. Enjoy it with rice, as an appetizer, or as a side dish.
tempeh satay skewers
tempeh satay skewers

Tempeh Satay

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 8 small skewers


  • 7 oz tempeh (200 g)
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis (sweetened soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp sambal (or one finely chopped chili pepper)
  • ½ cup water (120 ml)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • optional: roasted peanuts
Keyword Easy, Indonesian, Peanut butter, Peanuts, Quick, Satay, Snack, Tempeh, Vegan


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