Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This easy recipe can be assembled the night before and prepared in the morning for a weekend breakfast or brunch. Great as a BLT. The tempeh strips can be left marinating in the fridge 2 to 3 days. Just be sure to eat the bacon as soon as it’s cooked—otherwise, it may lose its crispness. Adapted from Vegetarian Times(April 2008).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lay the tempeh slices in 2 13- x 9-inch baking dishes. Bring soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, cumin, ancho chile powder, and ½ cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat, and stir in liquid smoke, if using. Pour over tempeh slices. Let cool, then cover and chill 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Carefully transfer tempeh slices to prepared baking sheet, and discard marinade(or save and use again for more tempeh bacon).
  4. Brush slices with vegetable oil, and sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Flip tempeh slices, brush with oil, and bake 5 to 7 minutes more, or until crisp and dark brown.
Most Helpful

Wow, this is good stuff! No more expensive, cardboardy store-bought veggie bacon for me! I made it to use in Pappardelle Alla Boscaiola, which turned out really great, and I had a ton of marinade left over to use for more bacon later. Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe!

Spice Princess January 03, 2013

This made for the perfect "BLTs": (Vegan) Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salsa tacos! ;) I added the smoked paprika with the marinade mixture, skipping the ancho chili powder and adding only 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke. Had to increase the temperature to 350º to make the strips crispier to my liking and ended up cooking the tempeh strips about 25 minutes total. Served with a choice of corn or flour tortillas, mixed greens including arugula and fresh locally made salsa. Reviewed for Veg Tag January.

COOKGIRl January 14, 2011