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tempeh must it be fried to make it less "eh"

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relizabeth May 24, 2008 11:50 AM

I bought some tempeh at my local health food store. Obviously, it would be yummiest fried, but I'm dieting at the moment. How do you cook it?

  1. Miss Needle May 24, 2008 12:02 PM

    To make it healthier, you can bake it. Or to compromise, spray a bit of olive oil on it and then bake.

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      kshankar May 24, 2008 12:11 PM

      I would marinate it, say in soy and garlic or the like. Then dip in egg white and then bread/cereal crumbs. Put on cookie sheet and bake till crispy on both sides.

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        relizabeth May 24, 2008 12:34 PM

        Do you steam or simmer it first?

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        anzu May 24, 2008 02:44 PM

        Yeah, as kshankar says, marinating it makes it quite yummy. I do it for several hours (olive oil, shoyu, vinegar, minced garlic, other herbs, etc.), then pan fry it on stovetop. I find that with the marinating, if you use nonstick, you don't really need extra oil (since it has already been marinating in a bit of oil.) You could also try grilling it. It does have a strong-ish flavor.

        1. Richard 16 May 24, 2008 02:52 PM

          I usually fry, but sometimes braise for 30 minutes or so. Broilng or grilling works too.

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            powella May 25, 2008 05:42 PM

            We often grind it up in the food processor and then brown a bit (or not) before tossing into a chili recipe or on top of a pizza.

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