Tenecin 3, an antifungal protein isolated from the insect Tenebrio molitor larvae, inhibits growth of the fungus Candida albicans. However, the antifungal mechanism and functions of tenecin 3 have not yet been studied due to its very low availability from the natural source. Here we report an expression system of the recombinant tenecin 3 in E. coli, whose amino acid composition is the same with that of the natural tenecin 3. We also devised a simple and easy procedure to isolate the recombinant protein from the bacterial cell extracts. The recombinant tenecin 3 showed an antifungal activity against C. albicans as the natural tenecin 3 did. Therefore large quantities of tenecin 3 can be easily obtained by the expression and purification system of tenecin 3 described in this report.