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Tempeh Bacon

proteins and fillings recipes Jun 10, 2020

This basic Tempeh Bacon recipe uses a marinade that makes a great base for any type of bacon. Try Carrot, Portobello Mushroom or Eggplant Bacon! The longer you allow the tempeh to marinate, the tastier it becomes. Use a variety of methods to cook this Tempeh Bacon - bake, fry or air fry. We created this recipe to top on the Week 20 Barbecue Ranch Pasta Salad. In addition to making a delicious and savory breakfast side, it tastes great on sandwiches or chopped and sprinkled on salads and veggie bowls.

Tempeh Bacon

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Inactive time: 20 minutes

Makes about 2 cups



1 8-oz package tempeh

2 Tbsp shoyu, tamari or soy sauce

1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp Liquid Smoke

1 Tbsp maple syrup

½ tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp olive oil



  1. Slice the tempeh as thin as possible without it falling apart.
  2. In a baking dish or long rectangular dish, whisk together the remaining ingredients. 
  3. Place the tempeh strips in the marinade, coating it on both sides. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes, flip and marinate another 10 minutes.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the tempeh strips and cook for 2 minutes over high-heat on each side until crispy.


Gluten Allergy? Use a gluten-free tempeh.


Soy Allergy? Use a black bean tempeh.


Spoiler Alert: Tempeh Bacon will stay fresh in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a week.


Batch it up! Tempeh Bacon is a delicious side dish, but is also a great condiment on sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes and grain bowls.


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