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Tempeh Bacon

It's easy to make this tasty tempeh bacon recipe to serve with your favorite veggie burgers, on salads, or even to eat it just plain!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Tempeh Bacon, Vegan Bacon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 61kcal
Author Marly


  • 8 oz package tempeh
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Place the tempeh in the package on a cutting board. Cut the package in half. Remove the tempeh from the packages. You now have two rectangular blocks of tempeh. Cut those lengthwise into thin strips, but not so thin that they fall apart.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil. Use tongs to add tempeh strips. Cook for 3–5 minutes on each side, turning when the tempeh strips have turned a golden brown and become crispy.
  • In a small bowl combine tamari, agave (or maple syrup), liquid smoke, garlic powder, and water. Stir to combine. Pour this sauce over the tempeh strips. Use tongs to flip tempeh strips so that they're evenly coated. Cook for 2–3 minutes on both sides, until the liquid is absorbed and the strips are browned.


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg