Vegan Bacon





Introduction: Vegan Bacon

As the resident vegan expert here at, i am always looking for new ways to make foods that appeal to vegans and non vegans.

If there is any one food product that is the bane of the vegan existence, it's bacon. If the vegans are ever going to be taken seriously, we must find a good substitute for bacon.

I aimed to conquer this dastardly devil, with my own with Vegan Bacon!!!

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need the following to make these awesome morsels

3 tsp of soy sauce (Bragg's is prefered)
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1 tsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
1 pkg tempeh

and oil for frying

Step 2: Chop the Tempeh

First you want to chop the tempeh as thinly as possible, about 1/4". The thiner you cut it the better it will fry and crisp when you make it.

Step 3: Prep the Marinade

Next, add all the liquid ingredients in a shallow dish. Mix around the tomato paste until it's homogenized.

Step 4: Marinate the Tempeh

Now you want to place the tempeh in the marinade and marinate for at least 3 hours. I did mine over night to really soak in the flavor.

Step 5: Fry the Tempeh

After you are done marinading, its time to fry! I used peanut oil, but any oil will do. You are looking for brown and crisp, not black.

After you are done frying, blot with a paper towel to remove excess oil

Step 6: Enjoy!

And that's it, pretty easy!

Now you can use this vegan bacon in all kinds of dishes, like vegan BLTs or with breakfast with some good ol' tofu scramble.

I ate mine straight and it was pretty good. It certainly doesn't taste like bacon, but it satisfies that craving for fried oily things. 

Please show off your vegan dishes with veggie bacon in the comments!



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    awesome now I have a kosher and vegan beacon ;)

    i really, really, really appreciated this.
    just imagine my face when i figured out that typing ''vegan'' at instructables
    could connect me to such fu#$¨#% awesome recipes like this...

    vegan cheers from brazil! hahahaha

    i like that idea

    I know

    bacon is meat nothing else vegans cannot substitute for bacon


    Ok, you teased me. I thought it was some sort of cannibalism recipe for when you are trapped on a deserted island w/ a vegan and you are craving bacon. LOL

    Keep on trying new recipes. I will never go to the dark side but my wife medically cannot eat meat so things like this make life a little easier. Thanks and we'll give it a try.

    doesnt taste or look like bacon huh? not exactly a name id use . I think its best to call it something else like vegan fried breakfast sticks or something


    soya paste. remarkably versatile stuff.

    from , a DIY tempeh page:

    Tempeh is cake of soybeans, which have been de-hulled, cooked, mixed with a tempeh starter (culture of Rhizopus oligosporusor Rhizopus oryzae) and incubated for a day or two.

    Do you know if the taste resembles natto at all? Or is it the fermentation that makes natto different? Or even better: Are you familiar with natto? and so forth... thnx

    At least the tempeh I've had hasn't been that similar to natto - less of that strong fermentation taste. Of course, that could be because it's frequently cooked with a lot of other strong flavors that may just be masking that.