nutritional information

Per Slice:

  • Calories: 24
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 31 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 0 g

Tempeh Bacon

Tempeh Bacon

Makes 24 slices

This simple recipe can be assembled the night before and prepared in the morning for a weekend breakfast or brunch. Or use it for a delicious tempeh BLT with baby greens and perfect cherry tomatoes. The tempeh strips can be left marinating in the fridge 2 to 3 days. Just be sure to eat the bacon as soon as it's cooked—otherwise, it may lose its crispness.
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh, sliced into 24 very thin slices
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • Smoked paprika, optional

1. Lay tempeh slices in 2 13- x 9-inch baking dishes. Bring soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, cumin, ancho chile powder, and ½ cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat, and stir in liquid smoke, if using. Pour over tempeh slices. Let cool, then cover and chill 2 hours, or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Carefully transfer tempeh slices to prepared baking sheet, and discard marinade.

3. Brush slices with canola oil, and sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Flip tempeh slices, brush with oil, and bake 5 to 7 minutes more, or until crisp and dark brown.

April 2008 p.82

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I just made this and I am so happy I could cry! I am allergic to gluten so no more Morningstar ( tired of fake food anyway). This is delicious!! I heated both and a skillet and in the oven. It's the same and the skillet is faster. Will be making weekly!

Angela - 2016-04-11 15:46:17

Meh. It's okay, as long as you don't expect it to taste or feel like bacon. Good on sandwiches. Did not crisp up, and yes I cut them super thin. I still prefer Morningstar or eggplant bacon.

Cowe - 2016-04-07 04:43:15

What exactly is tempeh bacon?

Ann - 2016-04-04 00:05:02

Has anyone left it to marinate more than overnight?

Karen - 2016-03-24 02:43:34

need to make this ahead of time...has anyone tried re-baking it or nuking it to regain the crispness just before serving?

Lori - 2015-12-18 17:46:13

Beautiful recipe. Love it!Thank you very much.

Paul - 2015-07-26 03:12:21

OMG this is so good and so close to real bacon without being from an animal. The taste of bacon was the only thing I missed from when I was non-vegetarian. I will never miss it anymore. I found something much better plant based. My carnivorous husband loved it too!! I am so excited!!! I didn't put cumin and it was great!!

Gen - 2015-06-22 00:54:04

This is delicious and very tasty, my wife made this and put it on pizza. Absolutely, the best 10/10 for sure! Quite easy to make, prepare it the day before and allow to marinate well

Ian Sudlow - 2015-03-27 20:12:36

This recipe was so easy! And it tastes exactly like the store-bought stuff I usually pay too much for. This is going to be a staple in my kitchen from now on!

Kristie Simpson - 2015-02-11 04:00:36

I didn't have brown sugar so I used maple syrup and it worked out great

Jess - 2012-08-04 22:56:40

I fried it in earth balance vegan butter, and I also added maple syrup to the pan, and it came out much better than without the syrup.

Brittani - 2012-07-19 13:17:46

This recipe is the best tempeh bacon recipe I've used. It's better than the store bought at a fraction of the cost! Thanks VT!

Julia - 2012-06-10 19:33:44

If I want a firm textured tofu for Fajitas or stirfrys I dry it out in between two non stick grill plates. Either pre-frozen or fresh. It works very well. Having trouble obtaining Liquid Smoke but looking forward to trying the recipe when I locate some on my first batch of homemade tempeh .

Sue Kelly - 2012-03-17 09:03:13

I had forgotten how much I loved this recipe until I pulled it out last night and made us "B"LT sandwiches for lunch today. It was fantastic! My carnivore husband devoured it!

Jen - 2011-05-21 20:12:44

12 oz block of any tofu sliced somewhat thinly (8 slabs) and microwaved becomes remarkably sturdy and absorbs flavors much more than frozen or pressed tofu. it would be ideal for this recipe.

matt - 2011-04-05 12:09:10