Vegan Tempeh Bacon
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This Vegan Tempeh Bacon is crispy, salty, chewy and marinated in a homemade sweet + smokey BBQ sauce. Tastes amazing on BLTs and alongside tofu scramble for the perfect brunch! Baked not fried until perfectly crispy!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10 slices
BBQ Sauce
  1. Cut the tempeh into thin and long strips (see photo). Make them thin enough so they are "bacon-like" but not so thin that they fall apart.
  2. Over medium-high heat, sautee the tempeh for 2 minutes on each side in the vegetable broth. This steps cuts some of the bitter flavor out of the tempeh.
  3. Prepare the BBQ sauce by throwing all the ingredients (tamari through to sea salt) into a bowl and whisking them together. Brush the BBQ sauce over the tempeh and leave it to marinate in the sauce (use all of the sauce) in a sealed container overnight.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C. Place the tempeh bacon on parchment paper or a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes on each side (making sure not to burn the tempeh!). Broil the tempeh for an additional 2-4 minutes at the end to get the tempeh bacon nice and crispy!
  5. Serve the tempeh bacon with tofu scramble and homemade bread for a real breakfast treat!
1) Make sure the tempeh and tamari sauce (or soy sauce) you use is certified gluten-free if necessary.
2) Keep tempeh bacon in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in a sealed container to save for lunches.
Recipe by Ceara's Kitchen at