Tempeh Bacon

Tempeh bacon

Makes about 1 cup
Prep Time: 45 minutes (plus 24 hours to marinate)

Tempeh Bacon is a great vegan substitute. You can use it for a wide variety of recipes from Reuben sandwiches or other bacon-containing sandwiches to applications that call for bacon bits. The liquid smoke provides a smoky flavor that mimics smoked bacon.

This is such a simple recipe. The time needed to prepare this yummy tempeh bacon is mostly needed to marinate it so that the smoky, bacon-like flavor has time to develop.

Once the tempeh bacon has baked to a crispy texture, you can either cut it into small “bit” type of pieces or leave the slices in tact and use them for BLT, Reuben, avocado toast, or whatever way you would use bacon.

Ingredients Needed for Tempeh Bacon

1 package non-GMO tempeh (I like By-The-Brook Tempeh – a local brand in Chapel Hill, NC)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1 teaspoon Bragg’s Amino Acids or Gluten-Free Tamari
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

How to Prepare Tempeh Bacon

If using raw tempeh like By-The-Brook, I recommend that you steam the tempeh for about 5-7 minutes before use. This cooks it a little bit and will erase any sour flavor that may have developed in the product, which is typical for a raw fermented product
Once steamed, slice cube of tempeh into very thin slices
Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl
In an airtight container, pour the marinade over the tempeh slices
Put the container cover in place and shake the tempeh to distribute and evenly coat the tempeh with the marinade
Place in refrigerator to marinate for at least a couple of hours, preferably overnight
Once tempeh has had time to marinade, you can move to the next step, baking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place the sliced, marinated tempeh into a baking dish, leaving space in between slices so they can brown evenly
Pour any remaining marinade over the slices to bake
Bake for about 45 minutes or until the slices are a bit browned and slightly crunchy
Remove from oven and cut up into little chunks or leave intact to make sandwiches with larger pieces.

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