clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Tempeh bacon

Tempeh Bacon

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

No reviews

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Tempeh bacon is a protein-packed way to make a smoky, salty vegan spin that tastes like the real stuff! Perfect for BLTs and alongside scrambles.


  • 8 ounce package tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper (not fresh ground)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 pinches cayenne


  1. Cut the tempeh into thin strips, about 1/8 to 1/4 inches thick.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 1/2 tablespoons tamari, 3 teaspoons liquid smoke, 1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin and 2 pinches of cayenne.
  3. Place the tempeh in a shallow dish and pour on the marinade. Turn the tempeh several times to make sure it is fully coated. Leave to marinate for around 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet. Add some olive oil and pan fry the tempeh on each side until browned (or until a bit charred, if you like it crispy!).
  5. Remove to a plate to cool. If desired, season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American