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!
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings
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Looking for a high-protein alternative to French fries, or want a healthy snack your vegetarian or vegan kids will actually eat? Try this cornmeal breaded fried tempeh recipe for a vegetarian and vegan snack or finger food perfect for kids, Superbowl snacking or anytime you want something more than a carrot to dip into ranch dressing.

In this easy tempeh fries recipe, tempeh is breaded and lightly fried for a crunchy high-protein alternative to French-fries for a healthy vegetarians and vegans dish - and particularly great 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, ranch dressing or even barbecue sauce. I also really like a sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Lightlife foods.

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

What You'll Need

  • 2 8-oz. packages tempeh
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or canola oil)
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

How to Make It

  1. First, slice the tempeh lengthwise to make "French fry" shapes, about 1/4-inch thick sticks.
  2. In a large skillet, bring about an inch of water or vegetable broth to a boil. Working in batches if needed, simmer the tempeh, covered, for 10 minutes, then drain well. This step is needed to pre-cook the tempeh.
  3. Combine the cornmeal and salt in a small or medium-sized bowl. While the tempeh is still moist, roll each stick well in the cornmeal and salt mixture.
  1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable or canola oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches as needed, sauté the cornmeal-coated tempeh for 2 minutes on each side or until lightly golden brown. Drain each tempeh fry on a paper towel.
  2. To make your curry mayonnaise sauce, 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 (who doesn't love Sriracha sauce?) barbecue sauce, Thai chili sauce, or maybe even homemade hummus. I also like a nice honey mustard. 

Looking for more high-protein vegetarian and vegan meal ideas? First, check out some great ideas for where to get protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet, then check out these high protein meal ideas here, and, if you still think that's not enough, check out my favorite vegan protein powders here

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 667
Total Fat 50 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 21 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 2,472 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 33 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)