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Smoky Tempeh Bacon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinating time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Smoky marinated tempeh strips are pan-fried to delicious perfection to make this scrumptious tempeh bacon! Stuff it in a sandwich, sprinkle it on a salad, or snack on it by itself.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 (8 ounce or 227 gram) package tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (or high heat oil of choice)
  1. Stir the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, and liquid smoke together in a small bowl.

  2. Slice the tempeh, width-wise, into thin (approximately ¼-inch) strips.

  3. Place the tempeh strips into a shallow dish and pour the soy sauce mixture over them.

  4. Let the tempeh marinate for about 30 minutes. Gently turn the strips or use a spoon to drizzle some of the marinade over them once or twice while they soak.

  5. Coat the bottom of a medium nonstick skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  6. When the oil is hot, add the tempeh strips in an even layer. Only add as many strips as you can fit without crowding. Cook the rest in a second batch.

  7. Cook the tempeh strips for about 5 minutes, gently flip them with a spatula, and cook them for about 5 minutes more, until browned and crispy on both sides. Turn or shift the pan a couple of times while the tempeh cooks to ensure even heating.

  8. Transfer the cooked tempeh strips to a plate. Cook the rest (if there are any) in a second batch, adding a bit more oil to the pan if needed.

  9. Serve the tempeh bacon immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Tempeh Bacon
Amount Per Serving (4 slices (or ⅙ of total batch))
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Sodium 454mg19%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 6.4g2%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 2.1g2%
Protein 5.4g11%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.