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Easy Vegetarian Tempeh Fries with Curry Mayonnaise


Easy Vegetarian Tempeh Fries with Curry Mayonnaise

Perfectly golden tempeh fries make a high-protein alternative to regular French fries. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and growing kids!

Tempeh is breaded and lightly fried for a crunchy high-protein alternative to French-fries for healthy vegetarians and vegans - and particularly for kids! This recipe suggests dipping your fried tempeh sticks in a vegan curry-mayonnaise sauce, but you could also try these with ketchup, soy sauce or even barbecue sauce.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Lightlife foods.

Like tempeh? Here's more vegetarian tempeh recipes to try.


  • 2 packages (8 oz each) tempeh
  • water or vegetable broth for simmering
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder


Slice tempeh lengthwise to make 1/4-inch thick sticks.

In a large skillet, bring about an inch of water or vegetable broth to a boil. Working in batches if needed simmer tempeh, covered, for 10 minutes, then drain well.

Combine cornmeal and salt. While tempeh is still moist, roll it in cornmeal mixture.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches as needed, sauté tempeh for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Whisk together the mayonnaise and curry powder in a small bowl, and dip your tempeh fries in this curried mayonnaise dip. Enjoy!

Not a fan of curried mayonnaise? Try dipping your tempeh fries in ketchup, a bit of hot sauce, barbecue sauce or maybe even homemade hummus.

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