Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
Tastes remarkably like bacon! I tried a recipe on Zaar and tweaked it. This makes great sandwiches and can be used in stir frys, to top salads, anywhere you might use bacon. Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon oil, neutral tasting (don't use extra virgin olive oil-too strong)
- 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, cut into strips (to resemble bacon)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use Bragg's Aminos)
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar (I might try molasses next time)
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- fresh ground black pepper (optional)
- Heat oil into large skillet.
- Fry "bacon" strips on low heat until crispy on the outside. To do this, place them in the pan in the oil and let them simmer for about 10 minutes, without turning. Now they are firm enough to turn easily.
- Turn them and simmer another 10 minutes on the other side.
- Mix the soy sauce with the liquid smoke and brown sugar, stirring to disolve sugar.
- Remove skillet from heat.
- Pour the liquid smoke mixture into the pan and move the tofu around so all sides are coated. Place back on heat.
- Sprinkle the nutritional yeast, covering all sides. If you like, sprinkle a little freshly ground black pepper on now. Stir gently until the liquid is gone and the tofu is covered with a crispy coating of yeast. Enjoy!
This was amazing! I halved the recipe and cut the tofu very thinly (almost see through in spots) and it crisped up perfectly! I will be making this again and again! Thanks for the great new recipe!
Wow. This was amazing, I just finished some actually. I messed this up a bit, soaked the tofu in the mix, drained it, and then followed the directions. I didn't have nutritional yeast, but it was still really good. I liked it a lot more than bacon, since it doesn't have all the fat and there was no animal involved. Thank you so much, I will definately be making this again.
I saw a recommendation for this recipe in one of the cooking forums. When I looked it up, I was so intrigued by the ingredients that I had to try it. Well, this is unbelievably good, and that's coming from someone who is not a vegetarian. I cut the tofu strips as thin as I could, but I noticed the really thin ones cooked up the crispiest, so next time I'll use my best knife. I also had to adjust the heat on my range to medium, because at low it wasn't getting the strips firm. After turning up the heat, the tofu strips cooked up perfectly. I used half brown sugar and half molasses and the full amount of liquid smoke to swirl around the tofu. I bought the yeast flakes at the health food store around the corner, and they are a key ingredient in this recipe. They really add a bacony-type of flavor and a crispy exterior. My hubby and son tried these also, at my insistence because they really didn't want to try tofu bacon, but after tasting it they both agreed that it was good and didn't taste like tofu. I saved some for my son's vegetarian girlfriend; she loved it, but it did lose some of its crunch by being stored in the fridge. This is a superb recipe. I never would have believed tofu could taste like bacon, but it can.