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Smoky Tempeh Bacon

  • Author: Mimi Ace
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 strips of bacon 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Sides
  • Method: Stovetop, Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan tempeh bacon is sweet, smoky, and delightfully crispy. This recipe is quick and easy to make, requiring just 8 ingredients and about 30 minutes! Serve this bacon as a side to any breakfast dish, put it in sandwiches, or crumble it on top of pasta or salads. 


  • 8 oz tempeh 
  • 1 cup vegetable broth 
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (sub tamari if gluten-free) 
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste 


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Cut the tempeh into 24 thin strips, about 1/4 in thick.
  3. Marinate and simmer the tempeh. In a large non-stick skillet, make the marinade by stirring together the vegetable broth, maple syrup, soy sauce, liquid smoke, and all of the spices. Place the tempeh strips in the pan with the marinade and bring to a rolling simmer over medium heat. Then simmer for 10 minutes or until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Once there is a sticky glaze on the bottom of the pan, flip the tempeh and cook for an additional 1-3 minutes until the marinade is fully evaporated. 
  4. Bake the tempeh. Transfer the cooked tempeh to a baking tray that is greased or lined with a reusable silicone mat (recommended). Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 10 minutes, flip, then bake again for 5 minutes. The tempeh bacon should be crispy around the edges. 
  5. Serve immediately! Eat with tofu scramble or vegan pancakes for a hearty breakfast.Put the bacon on sandwiches or crumble over salads or pasta for lunch and dinner. Store in the fridge for up to a week!


Sodium levels will differ based on the vegetable broth you use. 


  • Serving Size: 6 strips of bacon
  • Calories: 163.1 kcal
  • Sugar: 11.9 g
  • Sodium: 110.1 mg
  • Fat: 6.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.3 g
  • Fiber: 2.21 g
  • Protein: 12.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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