Vegan Tempeh Bacon

"Taken from Vegan With A Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. This recipe has been slightly modified to make it sattvic (no garlic and onions.)"
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins
14 strips




  • To make the marinade combine the soy sauce, cider, tomato paste and liquid smoke in a wide, shallow bowl or pan and mix with a fork until the tomato paste is fully dissolved.
  • Cut the tempeh into thin strips (less than 1/4 inch thick) lengthwise. You should be able to get about 12 strips. Rub the strips with the hing. Submerge the tempeh strips in the marinade and let sit, for at least an hour and up to overnight.
  • Heat the oil in an 11 or 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the tempeh strips and cook for 4 minutes on one side; the bottom should be nicely browned. Flip the strips over and pour the remainder of the marinade over them. If there isn’t much marinade left add a splash of water. Cover and let cook for 3 more minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Uncover and check for doneness; if necessary keep cooking uncovered until all sides are nicely browned. Remove from heat and serve. (I recommend doubling the marinade recipe.).

Questions & Replies

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  1. HeyHeyHay
    Could you freeze these and save for later? If so how long could you keep them frozen? Thank you


  1. AlainaF
    Made this for breakfast with scrambled tofu and raspberry french toast, and it was amazing! The flavor is outstanding in this marinade, my husband loved it. This ones a keeper.
  2. Tami S.
    This is a great "bacon" recipe. I'm obsessed with it and use it in vegan Cobb salads and sandwiches. Thanks so much!


I am originally from San Diego CA and I just moved to Orem UT with my fiance a few months ago. I am vegan and I like to cook things from scratch without weird expensive substitutes. I dislike fake cheese and am rather addicted to coffee. But I am working on the latter. I do not cook with garlic, onions, or mushrooms as the food is not sattvic rendering it unofferable to Krishna. Outside the house I will sometimes eat these foods though. I am owned by two cute cats. :)
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