Tempeh Bacon is an easy and delicious vegan bacon substitute. It's smoky in flavor, made with minimal ingredients and ready in under 10 minutes!
- 8 oz. plain tempeh sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- pinch salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke optional
Slice tempeh into thin strips; set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and pan-sear for 1 minute, then flip over and pan-sear for 1 minute on the other side.
While tempeh is cooking, make the marinade: whisk soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic powder, salt, pepper and liquid smoke (if using) together; set aside.
Reduce heat to low, then add the water to the skillet. Immediately pour in the marinade and let tempeh cook in the marinade for 2 minutes on the first side, then flip over and cook for 1 minute. The sauce should thicken a bit, and the tempeh should be coated.
*Calories are per serving and are an estimation
*Liquid smoke is optional. It does add a little more flavor, but it can be a tricky ingredient to find. I made this recipe with and without it, and both ways were delicious.
*I used Lightlife tempeh -- other brands have tempeh have vinegar in the ingredients, which changes the flavor of this bacon a bit.
Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg