Tempting Tempeh Bacon

There are a lot of recipes for tempeh out there.  But pretty much the only way that I enjoy tempeh is if I turn it into bacon.  Tofurky has a good tasting tempeh bacon but I prefer to make my own.

Tempeh bacon can be used in any recipe that calls for bacon… and thus the possibilities are endless.  Use tempeh bacon with or in your scrambled tofu, in sandwiches (BLT anyone?), in green salads (like Caesar), in pasta salads, in quiches…

Thus, the following is my recipe for tempeh bacon.



1 package of tempeh/1 block of tempeh (a brand that I like is Noble Bean), thawed and sliced into thin strips

1/2 cup soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce

1/4 cup water

2 tsp smoked paprika (or you could use regular paprika, but smoked paprika adds too the smokiness of the bacon)

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp maple syrup (or agave, but maple syrup is a tad healthier)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp liquid smoke

a pinch of cumin (optional)

1 tbsp ketchup (optional)

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a dish and let it marinate for at least an hour or overnight (you can mix the ingredients separately and then pour it over the tempeh; I just did this the lazy way). Make sure the tempeh is covered.  You can add more soy sauce if this is not the case.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil.  Lay the strips of tempeh in the skillet and pan fry until browned on both sides (I like to cook it with some of the marinade — like 2 tbsp).  Best eaten when hot.

“Trying a Ting”:  You can add jerk marinade to your marinade to turn this into jerk tempeh bacon!


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