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Five-Spice Pan-Fried Tempeh Popcorn

Last Updated on December 24, 2023

This Five-Spice Pan-fried Tempeh Popcorn– simply cut the tempeh into 1×1 cm bite-sized cubes, pan-fried until golden brown, then dust with a five-spice and other spice mixture.

The tempeh is crispy, peppery, and full of flavor, garnish with lightly fried pungent Thai basil!

super easy 5 spice tempeh with basil

Five-spice is a ” must-have” spice in everyone’s pantry. It’s a spice blend generally including ground star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel…etc.

Dust a bit of five-spice on every dish, it gives the dishes that sophisticated pungent smell.. just so good!

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh originated in Indonesia, almost certainly in Central or East Java.

It is a fermented soy product that’s a popular vegan or vegetarian meat replacement. Whether you’re a vegan or not, it can be a nutritious addition to your diet.

The invention cannot be separated from the origin of fungus, which is an important part of fermentation.

This fungus consists of mycelium that grows on teakwood and sea hibiscus leaves, which native Javanese people often used (and still do) as food wrappings.

Tempeh-the super food

The type of soybean first used to make tempeh is the black soybean, which grew as a native plant.

This later changed with the importation of white/yellow soybeans and the rise of the tofu industry on the island.

There are different types of tempeh commonly used in Asian cuisines, here we use soybean tempeh. (the most common type on the markets)

Fresh refrigerated tempeh should be sealed in a labeled polyethylene bag and kept at temperatures below 4 °C (40 °F).

It can be kept at this temperature for 3–5 days and sometimes, even as long as a week.

is tempeh healthy?

It’s a versatile ingredient that comes with a variety of health benefits. It’s high in protein, prebiotics, and a wide array of vitamins and minerals.

A 3-ounce serving contains these nutrients:

  • Calories: 162
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Carbs: 9 grams
  • Total fat: 9 grams
  • Sodium: 9 milligrams (mg)
  • Iron: 12% of the recommended daily intake (RDI)
  • Calcium: 9% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 18% of the RDI
  • Niacin: 12% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 18% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 21% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 54% of the RDI

Because it’s more compact than other soy products, it provides more protein than other vegan or vegetarian alternatives.

(Source: WebMD)

tempeh recipe (vegan)

ingredients for five spice tempeh
  • Tempeh
  • Thai Basil: Any type of basil is okay, even Italian basil

How to cook

super easy 5 spice tempeh with basil

Firstly, we cut tempeh into roughly 1×1 cm cubes, then mix all the spices in a bowl. Pick the basil leaves off the stem. That’s it, all the prep is done!

super easy 5 spice tempeh with basil
  1. Heat up cooking oil in the frying pan on medium-high heat, and add tempeh cubes into the pan.
  2. Keep moving around in the pan, and fry them until golden brown.
  3. Turn the heat to low then add spice mix into the pan, stirring until all the tempeh cubes are well coated.
  4. Add basil leaves in, quick fry for 30 seconds then ready to serve!
super easy 5 spice tempeh with basil
Healthy snack food packed with nutrients!

Hope you like this recipe!

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super easy 5 spice tempeh with basil

Five-Spice Pan-Fried Tempeh Popcorn

This Five-Spice Pan-fried Tempeh Popcorn- simply cut the tempeh into 1×1 cm bite-sized cubes, pan-fried then dust with spices.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 437kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Firstly, we cut tempeh into roughly 1×1 cm cubes, then mix all the spices in a bowl. Pick basil leaves off the stem.
  • Heat up cooking oil in the frying pan on medium-hign heat, add tempeh cubes into the pan.
  • Keep moving around tempeh in the pan, fry them until golden brown.
  • Turn the heat to low then add spice mix into the pan, stirring until all the tempeh cubes are well coated.
  • Add basil leaves in, quick fry for 30 seconds then ready to serve!

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Nutrition

Serving: 2serving | Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 6mg

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