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Tempeh Bacon

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!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Indonesian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: tempeh, tempeh bacon
Servings: 8
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Erin


  • 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