Tempeh Bacon is a delicious, gluten free, vegan bacon alternative! Eat it for breakfast, put it in a BLT or on a veggie burger! Most recipes that call for bacon can be swapped with this healthy, plant based, tempeh bacon!
What is tempeh bacon made of?
If you have never heard of tempeh before, it is made from soybeans that have been fermented and pressed into a dense, high protein block. It’s similar to tofu in that it is made from soybeans, but it is less processed. Tempeh has more protein and fiber than tofu plus beneficial probiotics. For more information and health benefits of tempeh, click here.
Will I save money making my own tempeh bacon?
The store-bought tempeh bacon is delicious, but a little pricey, so it was something that I only bought occasionally. It is usually about a dollar more for the bacon flavored tempeh than the plain unflavored one, so I was pretty sure that I could figure out a marinade that gave the bacon flavor to save a dollar every time I made it.
I played around with the ingredients until I came up with the perfect tempeh bacon marinade. It is easy to make and only uses a few basic ingredients. If you are organized, make the marinade up the night before, and let the tempeh sit in it over night This way the flavors will soak deep into the tempeh. If you don’t do this, no worries. You can let it just soak up the marinade for at least 15 minutes, it will still have a good flavor.
How do I make my own tempeh bacon?
Simply mix Braggs Liquid Aminios, Liquid Smoke, nutritional yeast, and salt in a flat-bottomed dish and add the raw sliced tempeh. Let sit for at least 15 minutes or marinate covered in the fridge overnight.
When you are ready to eat, fry in a small amount of oil (I love my iron skillet for frying! Nothing ever sticks to it and I don’t have to worry about the chemicals in non-stick cookware).
Smokey vegan gluten free tempeh bacon.
- 1 block tempeh
- 1 tsp canola oil or any neutral tasting oil for frying
Mix the Bragg’s, liquid smoke, nutritional yeast, and oil, and salt in a flat-bottomed container and stir with a fork.
Slice the tempeh into ¼ inch thick slices and lay flat in the marinade.
Flip over to coat all sides and cover and refrigerate overnight or let it sit for at least 15 minutes to soak up the flavor.
Fry on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side until they darken and crisp up slightly.
Serve as you would bacon.
- The tempeh bacon will still taste great even if you only have a short time to marinate it.
- It fries up great in an iron skillet, but you can also use a non stick pan.
Serve for as you would bacon for breakfast or on a sandwich like a BLT! It’s great as a side with a Tofu Scramble!
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