Tempeh is a versatile cultured food. It can be used in place of meat in most dishes, and is wonderful prepared simply and dipped in your favorite dip. For your next get-together, how about a large platter of tempeh with a selection of cultured dips to please even the pickiest eaters?


  • 1 recipe tempeh or 16 ounces purchased tempeh
  • Oil for frying


  1. Cut the tempeh into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Heat the oil in the pan to 375°F or until a cube dropped in sizzles and rises.
  3. Fry the tempeh in small batches until golden brown on the edges. Drain on a paper-lined platter.
  4. Add the fried tempeh to your favorite recipe.


To serve appetizer style, arrange the fried tempeh on a clean platter with toothpicks or small forks. Set out your bowls of dressings and dips. Here are some ideas to get you started...

Sauces and Dips for Serving Tempeh

  1. Kombucha BBQ Sauce
  2. Quick Thai Peanut Sauce
  3. Lacto-fermented Habañero Garlic Hot Sauce
  4. Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce (you can use vegan yogurt for a dairy-free sauce)
  5. Versatile Yogurt-Garlic Sauce
  6. Cultured Dairy Onion Dip (again, use vegan yogurt for a dairy-free dip)
  7. Probiotic Guacamole or Bean Dip
  8. Water Kefir Honey Mustard Dressing
  9. Kombucha Mustard-Garlic Salad Dressing
  10. Asian-inspired Kombucha Dressing