tempeh vegan bacon

How To Make Vegan Bacon

Our vegan bacon is made with tempeh. This tempeh bacon is sweet, smokey and salty, without the guilt of real bacon. We love to use this tempeh bacon on our BLTs and sandwiches. It’s also the perfect side to our morning breakfast tofu tacos.

What is Tempeh

Tempeh is actually soybeans fermented into a cake or block. The flavors are nutty and earthy. The texture is chewy and fulfilling. Tempeh can be used on salads, meat substitutes and on sandwiches. We previously used tempeh as a topping for an udon soup as well. It’s pretty versatile and easy to work with.

Soybeans are one of the top genetically modified foods on the planet. We try our best to purchase non-GMO tempeh. Though, a personal preference we still recommend buying non-GMO whenever possible.

Making Vegan Bacon

Vegan bacon that is sweet, smoky, and salty. Made with tempeh.


  • 6 oz Tempeh block, sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp Liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Liquid smoke
  • Large sealable bag


  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Total cost: 9 USD


Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

  1. Slice the tempeh

    uncooked tempeh sliced

    Cut the tempeh block into slices.

  2. Make the marinating liquid

    In a large resealable bag, add all of the liquid ingredients. Mix until combined.

  3. Place the slices into the liquid

    Tempeh and Liquid in a bag

    Place all of the tempeh slices into a sealable bag. Make sure each of the slices is in contact with the liquid.

    Remove as much air as you can before sealing.

  4. Marinate

    After marinating for at least two hours the tempeh is ready to cook! Once the pan is preheated, add some cooking oil to the pan. Adding a good amount of oil to the pan will allow the tempeh to absorb the fat, giving it a more bacon-like feel. If you are watching calories or trying to reduce oil intake, you could also sear it in a non-stick pan with little to no oil.

    TIP: Marinate overnight for best results

  5. Cook

    Frying Tempeh Bacon

    Carefully place the bacon in the pan and allow it to sear for one to two minutes each side. You want them to have a deep golden brown color. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.


Fried tempeh

Delicious vegan bacon!

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