Perkedel Tempe: Indonesian Tempeh Fritters

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a stack of Perkedel Tempe the Indonesian tempeh fritters with a green chilli on the top

Perkedel Tempe

Perkedel Tempe literally means tempeh fritters. It’s the mashed tempeh mixed with spices, eggs and flour then deep-fried until it’s crispy on the outside.

a stack of tempeh fritters - Perkedel Tempe on a white kitchen towel

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In Indonesia, there are so many types of perkedel, aka fritters. There are Perkedel Jagung (sweet corn fritters), Perkedel Kacang Hijau (mung bean fritters), Perkedel Kentang (potato fritters), Perkedel Oncom (Oncom fritters), Perkedel Tahu (Tofu fritters), etc.

And here, I’m sharing the one with Tempeh

This Perkedel Tempe is one of the ways for us to enjoy tempeh. Because tempeh tastes quite bland so you have to cook it. And cooking tempeh can be tricky. The easiest way is to just slice it, marinate it in salted water and fry it. And this Tempe Goreng or fried tempeh is very popular in Indonesia. 

But sometimes you want a bit of variety, don’t you?

So try these fritters. They’re pretty easy and straightforward to make. And they make a nice side dish among your Indonesian food spread. You can also enjoy the fritters as savoury snacks. That’s what we often do in my households. 

Items You Need For Perkedel Tempe

Apart from tempeh, you also need spring onions/ scallions, garlic powder, ground coriander, ground black pepper, chillies, eggs, plain flour/ all-purpose flour, and some cooking oil to fry.

You can get the tempeh from Asian shops in Chinatown, or from Amazon online. Or, if you feel rather creative you can try making it yourself. 

As for chillies, you can omit them if you are not keen on them. Likewise, you can add more chillies if you prefer your fritters to be spicier. Unless you want to enjoy your Perkedel Tempe the way the Indonesians do that is having it with fresh whole chillies or with chilli sauce.

And if you don’t have fresh chillies, you can always substitute them with red chilli powder or dried chilli flakes. 

How To Make Tempeh Fritters

As long as you have all the ingredients ready, you will only need 10 minutes to prep the fritter batter and about 20 minutes to fry. So your tempeh fritters can be ready in half an hour that it’s ideal for you to have for a quick snack. 

Firstly, you break and mash the tempeh. Then you finely slice the spring onions/ scallions and chillies.

Add the spring onions, chillies, ground coriander, garlic powder, pepper, salt, flour and eggs into the mashed tempeh. Mix them well thoroughly. 

In a wok or a frying pan, heat the oil at moderately high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully slide a tablespoon of the fritter batter into the oil, one by one, leaving space between them. 

Deep-fry the fritters until lightly golden. 

A pile of Perkedel Tempe with a green chilli on top

Ways To Enjoy Tempeh Fritters

In Indonesia, Perkedel Tempe is finger food that often appears as a side dish. It is often served together with a menu that has gravy or soup-like Lamb Tongseng or Soto Ayam.

You can also serve the fritters as one of the sides for Nasi Kuning (yellow rice in coconut milk), together with Ayam Penyet (smashed chicken in chilli sambal) or Ayam Suwir Bumbu Bali (Balinese spicy shredded chicken). And if you feel like having a vegetarian menu, you can have your tempeh fritters with gado-gado as well. 

And speaking of vegetarian, why don’t you have this Perkedel Tempe in your buns? It makes lovely vegetarian burgers. Or, you can have it in a tortilla wrap with slices of lettuce and other veggies you like with a drizzle of chilli sauce and mayo. Yummy.

How To Store For Longer

If you plan to make the fritters in bulk, you can keep them in a tight food container and store them in the fridge/ refrigerator for about 3-4 days. 

And if you freeze your Perkedel Tempe, you can keep them for as long as 2-3 months. 

When you’re ready to eat them, you can pop the fritters in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at gas 4/ 180° C/ 350°F.

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Thank you for reading this post. I hope you’re now intrigued to try this Tempeh Fritters. If you do, can you share what you think about it in the comments below (leave a reply)? It will be awesome.

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Before you go, don’t forget to check out my other Indonesian food recipes that you may like.

Thank you and all the best.

Recipe For Perkedel Tempe

Yield: 8 pieces

Perkedel Tempe - Indonesian Tempeh Fritters

a stack of Perkedel Tempe - the Indonesian tempeh fritters

Perkedel Tempe is a finger food made of the popular Tempeh. It's a yummy snack that traditionally enjoyed as a side dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 gr/ 7.05 oz Tempeh.
  • 2 spring onions/ scallions.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • ½ tsp ground coriander.
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper.
  • ½ tsp salt or according to taste.
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies (see the note).
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten.
  • ⅓ cup/ 50 gr/ 1.76 oz plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  • Cooking oil for deep-frying.

Instructions

  1. Break and mash the tempeh. Place it in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Finely chop the spring onions/ scallions and the chillies.
  3. Put the onions, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, chillies, flour and the beaten eggs in the mashed tempeh. Mix and stir well.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Drop a tablespoon of tempeh mixture in the oil at a time and leave space between the mixture. 
  5. Fry the fritters at moderate-high heat and flip once. Continue frying until they’re lightly golden. 

Notes

  • You can omit the chillies if you don’t want your Perkedel Tempe to be spicy. And if you don’t have fresh chillies, you can substitute them with a teaspoon of dried chilli flakes or ½ teaspoon of red chilli powder. I often use red Kashmiri chilli powder. 

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