Tempeh Bacon

  • Author: Simple Vegan Blog
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: How-To
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American

This tempeh bacon is not the healthiest food in the world, but is much healthier than regular bacon and also has less fat and is cholesterol-free.

Tempeh Bacon
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For the marinade:

  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for the marinade
  • 1 tbsp maple or agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp red hot sauce or 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke or smoke powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

For the tempeh bacon:

  • 8 oz tempeh (250 g)
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste for frying the bacon
  • Pinch of salt and ground black pepper


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Slice the tempeh as thin as you can without it falling apart.
  3. Soak the tempeh slices in the marinade for 1 or 2 minutes.
  4. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and when it’s hot, add the tempeh and cook for 1 or 2 minutes each side over high heat until both sides are golden brown and crisp.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. Keep leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice of 10
  • Calories: 75
  • Sugar: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 109mg
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.6g
  • Protein: 4.4g