Smoked tempeh bacon is delicious for breakfast or on a sandwich. The secret to this deliciously smokey meat substitute is the marinade that requires only 3 ingredients.
You’ll love this smoked tempeh bacon because it’s…
- Full of flavor
- Loaded with protein
- Perfect for sandwiches
- Super easy to make
When our daughter makes it home for a visit, we busy ourselves in the kitchen making all of her favorite vegan meals, and tempeh bacon is always on the list for breakfast.
Later in the day, I’ve seen her grab some off of the plate in the refrigerator for a snack. It is great on sandwiches too!
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Easy Tempeh Marinade
This smoked tempeh marinade requires only 3 simple ingredients. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl, add tempeh, and allow to marinate a few hours or even overnight.
- soy sauce
- liquid smoke
- maple syrup
How to make smoked tempeh bacon
In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients, and mix well.
Simply slice the tempeh into slabs. Some people like to steam their tempeh before marinating and cooking, but I have not found that necessary.
Next, add the three ingredients for the marinade to a bowl and whisk together well until blended.
Place the tempeh strips in a container or even a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the top. Cover and seal well, place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Longer is better. I actually like to leave mine overnight.
Once marinated well, place the strips in a nonstick frying pan on medium-high heat and brown on both sides until golden. I love my Ozeri nonstick pan and use it almost every single day for recipes like this.
About 5 minutes each side is a reasonable estimate. If baking in the oven, cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Once the tempeh is nice and brown, add it stir-fries, sandwiches, bagels, and anything else you can think of.
We love it for breakfast either served with my Tofu Breakfast Scramble or on an English muffin or bagel.
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Tips for making bacon tempeh
- Tempeh can be found in many US grocery stores in the produce section. In other countries, you should be able to purchase it at Asian markets or health food stores.
- I used to steam my tempeh before preparing it for a recipe, but have found that it isn’t necessary. It does not taste bitter to me at all, so no steaming is required.
- Simply place in a non-stick pan and cook until golden brown and slightly crisp.
- Tempeh Bacon is also great on English Breakfast Muffins and Smoked Tempeh Sandwiches.
- It also pairs well with my Tofu Breakfast Scramble.
What is Tempeh?
Tempeh is a traditional soy product from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form and has a nutty, mushroom, meaty flavor.
Nutrition in tempeh
Each 1-cup serving of tempeh contains 31 grams of protein,Tempeh contains high-quality complete protein and provides all the amino acids you must obtain from your diet. Its protein content helps you maintain muscle tissue, and also make enzymes your cells need to function.
Tempeh’s protein is as easily absorbed and utilized as protein.–LiveStrong
Our daughter decided to become vegetarian when she was only 16-years old, and by the time she was 17 switched to being a vegan for ethical reasons.
Since I was a Wildlife Rehabilitator back in the 1990s for about six years, I wasn’t surprised at her decision after being raised and exposed to the hundreds of injured and orphaned animals that came to us each year.
She pretty much led her dad and me to this way of life later on due to health and medical issues.
At her request, we watched the documentary Forks Over Knives back in February 2013, and that was the beginning of our plant-based lifestyle and journey to regained health.
We have never looked back! Though I was the one with the most medical issues at the time, my husband was able to gain control of his blood pressure and cholesterol. His cholesterol had been running above 300, but now stays around 157 without any medications.
Now we all enjoy eating vegan and including tempeh, along with tofu and seitan, in our meals.
- 8 oz package of tempeh, usually gluten-free, but check package
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari, gluten-free if needed
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients, and mix well.
- Slice tempeh into strips. Place slices into mixture and allow to marinate. The longer, the stronger the flavor will be. I like to leave it in the refrigerator overnight if possible, but at least 30 minutes is necessary.
- Add strips to sauté pan with a little bit of the marinade liquid and cook over medium-high heat until crispy on one side. Turn and brown on the other side.
- Add more of the marinade and cook until caramelized. About 5 minutes each side is a reasonable estimate. If baking in the oven, cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2.5gProtein: 6g
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