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Vegan Tempeh Bacon in the pan

Vegan Tempeh Bacon

Real bacon is high in cholesterol and saturated fats! This Vegan Tempeh Bacon is a much healthier plant-based alternative. It's quick and easy and you can make it in the pan. The tempeh slices are smoky and crispy - perfect for breakfast with some tofu scramble or in wraps, burgers etc.!
Course Basics
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 24kcal
Author Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 10 thin slices of tempeh


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and salt. Then pour it in a large enough pan that can hold all the tempeh slices. 
  • Add in the tempeh slices in a single layer. Let the tempeh soak in the marinade for 2-3 minutes, then flip the tempeh slices. Let them soak for another 2 minutes. Then bring the pan to medium to high heat.
  • Cook the marinated tempeh slices for about 3-4 minutes (until lightly browned and crispy), then flip and let them cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes as well. Done! Check out the ideas on how to use them in the post!


You can use the same marinade and technique to make Tofu Bacon (it's a great alternative if you can't find tempeh). 


Calories: 24kcal | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 9mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg