This easy tempeh bacon is marinated and baked to perfection. It’s crisp and has a delicious savory and sweet flavor.
I honestly don’t know how I haven’t shared how to make tempeh bacon before! I’m a huge fan of tempeh and tempeh bacon is a great recipe to start with if you’re intimidated by cooking tempeh at home.
I love having tempeh on hand – it’s such an easy protein option to keep in your fridge (it’s a fermented product so it lasts a long time) plus it’s a great source of fiber. If you’re following a plant-based diet or just want to try something new, I highly recommend trying tempeh.
It’s a plant-based protein made of cooked soybeans that have been fermented. The fermentation process binds the soybeans into a cake/patty, which is what you’ll find at your local grocery store.
It’s similar to tofu, however there are some differences – tempeh is less processed, fermented, has a stronger flavor and a bit more texture. The flavor is usually described as nutty or earthy, but there are different varieties with subtle taste differences.
I’ve tried a ton of different tempeh varieties and Lightlife is definitely my favorite for a few reasons: it’s organic, GMO-free and easy to find at mainstream stores.
You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make tempeh bacon… just some pantry staple seasonings and liquid smoke.
Making tempeh bacon is so simple and way less messy than cooking pork bacon, which always leaves grease splattered everywhere.
You can also sauté tempeh bacon in a pan, but I prefer to bake it because it gets crispier.
You can use this tempeh bacon in almost any recipe that calls for traditional bacon! It’s delicious on this vegan breakfast sandwich, would pair perfectly with these healthy sweet potato skins and works great on this vegan Cobb salad. Have fun experimenting!
Store any leftover tempeh bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to one week in the fridge. To reheat, you can throw it in the toaster oven or traditional oven for about five minutes. If you’re in a rush, microwaving or reheating on the stovetop works as well. I personally like eating it cold, straight from the fridge.
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