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Easy Smoky Tempeh Bacon

Sharon Palmer

You can make your own smoky, yummy, nutritious tempeh bacon yourself, the easy way! Make up this 6-ingredient marinade, slice the tempeh thinly, marinate it, then pan-fry those savory strips into golden-brown deliciousness. Make up a whole batch to enjoy on sandwiches, wraps, salads, and grain bowls all week long.

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Easy Smoky Tempeh Bacon

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Yield: 32 thin strips 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


You can make your own smoky, yummy, nutritious tempeh bacon yourself, the easy way! Just whip up a 6-ingredient marinade, chill it, and pan-fry into savory, delicious strips.



Smoky Marinade:

Tempeh, Oil:

  • 8 ounces tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil


  1. Make Smoky Marinade: Combine soy sauce, vinegar, maple or agave syrup, liquid smoke, sriracha sauce, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
  2. Remove the tempeh from its packaging, and slice tempeh very thinly along the short side of the block.
  3. Place tempeh slices in the dish with marinade, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and gently turn the dish over to distribute marinade. Place the dish right side up in the refrigerator to marinate 1-2 hours. Half-way through this period, gently turn over the dish again to redistribute marinade.
  4. To cook tempeh bacon, add 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil to a large skillet and heat over medium setting. Remove the strips of tempeh bacon from the marinade, and add to the skillet, cooking just until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes) on first side. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil, and turn to cook the other side until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes).
  5. Remove and serve immediately.
  6. Makes about 36 thin strips (4 2-ounce servings each).
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 287 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 22 g

Keywords: vegan bacon, healthy vegan bacon, tempeh bacon

For other tempeh recipes, check out:

Farmers Market Tempeh Hash
Sesame Roasted Tempeh
Potato Crust Pizza with Tempeh and Greens

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