Smoky Baked Tempeh Bacon is perfectly crispy, smoky and has just a touch of sweetness. The best thing about this recipe is it’s super easy; just slice it up, marinate and bake! No frying here.
I’ve made tempeh bacon a handful of times over the past several years. I always love it so much, and think, “I’ve got to make this more often!”. But then, I don’t.
I think the reason for this is because the recipe I was loosely following involved frying the tempeh bacon in a pan with a lot of oil. Not only do I not want to consume food fried in a bunch of oil, but I have found with tempeh bacon if you fry without using a fair amount of oil, it sticks really bad, and then I’m just irritated. Nothing worse than food sticking, am I right?
Not to mention I have 5 people to cook for, and one 8 ounce package of tempeh is not going to be enough for all of us! And then I’m just standing in front of the stove FOREVER, frying tempeh in batches until finally it’s all done. I don’t have the time or patience for it. So baking it is.
Baking this Smoky Tempeh Bacon was the best idea! They get perfectly crispy this way, and they are SO full of flavor, without the mouthful of oil from frying.
I hope you love this recipe! We had these the other night with some pumpkin waffles (recipe to come soon, yay Fall!), and then I chopped up a few pieces and topped our pizza with it the next day, which was totally incredible!
Alan had a TLT (Tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich out of the leftovers the next day on sprouted wheat bread with a little vegan mayo. So, so yum.
If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes! Rate it, leave a comment and tag a photo @noracooksplantbased on Instagram. Enjoy!
Inspired by this recipe.
Tempeh Bacon, baked instead of fried. Perfect for TLT's or alongside some pancakes or waffles! Or chop it up and add it to pizza.
- (2) 8 ounce packages tempeh
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
- spray of olive oil, optional
Slice the tempeh into 1/4 inch very thin slices. You will get about 12 strips per package of tempeh, or 24 total. This is easiest done with a good, heavy knife. To make it easier, you can cut the block in half and then cut into strips, they will just be shorter and you will have more of them.
To make the marinade, combine the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, pure maple syrup, cumin and liquid smoke in a medium bowl. Whisk well to combine.
Place the tempeh strips in a 13 by 9 dish, and cover with the marinade. Make sure they are all coated well, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour, overnight if you can.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the marinated tempeh strips onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spray lightly with oil (if using) and bake for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for 15 minutes more. Check for crispiness. If you want them even crispier, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
*Keep leftover tempeh bacon in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To reheat, either microwave or put in the oven on a pan for 10-15 minutes, until warmed and crispy. Or eat cold!
*To make gluten free, make sure to use gluten free tempeh, which I believe you can usually find at Whole Foods. Also use tamari instead of soy sauce.
*You can definitely make this without the spray oil, it just helps it get a little crispier, but it tastes great without it as well.