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Craving bacon but want to eat plant based? Here are 3 delicious ways to make vegan bacon that are unbelievably smoky and delicious!

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Craving bacon? Us too. Alex and I eat a mostly whole food plant based diet. So sometimes, we just need us some bacon. Now, we don’t eat 100% plant-based, so sometimes we just eat a little of the real thing. But if we’re looking to infuse bacon-y flavor into a vegetarian or vegan recipe, there’s an invention for that. It’s vegan bacon!

Vegan bacon can be made with lots of different ingredients. Alex and I have have three different methods that we like to use! Here’s an outline of the methods:

  1. Shiitake bacon using shiitake mushrooms! Great for adding flavor as a garnish.
  2. Coconut bacon using large unsweetened coconut flakes! Also good for adding flavor.
  3. Tempeh bacon using soy-based tempeh! This one has protein so it’s a more filling option.

Each method has different advantages and best uses. Alex and I actually use all three depending on what we’re making. Scroll down to read more about each one, then click “Get Recipe” to go to the recipe!

Vegan bacon: 3 ways to make it!

Ways to serve vegan bacon

There are lots of great ways to serve vegan bacon! Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Salad. It’s perfect on main dish Vegetarian Cobb Salad, or maybe a BLT Chopped Salad?
  2. Pizza. Add it to our Cheese Pizza, Taco Pizza or Breakfast Pizza.
  3. Sandwiches. Try it on our Vegan BLT or Swiss Melt Sandwich.
  4. Veggie burgers. Wouldn’t vegan bacon be perfect on our Best Veggie Burger or Perfect Vegan Black Bean Burger.
  5. With a scramble. If you eat eggs try tempeh bacon with Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, or for vegan try our Easy Tofu Scramble.
  6. On soup. Vegan bacon crumbles are perfect on Easy Potato Soup or Vegan Corn Chowder.
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Shiitake bacon

Vegan Mushroom Bacon

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup (4 small servings) 1x


Cravings for smoky and salty are satisfied in this vegan bacon recipe! Use this genius vegan mushroom bacon to top soups, salads, and more.


  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (like grapeseed, canola or sunflower)
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt (or substitute kosher salt)


  1. Thinly slice the mushrooms. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, mushrooms, smoked paprika and cayenne.
  2. Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook 3 minutes on medium until soft, stirring occasionally. Stir in the soy sauce and sprinkle with the salt. Cook an additional 5 minutes on low without stirring, until bottom side is dry and slightly blackened.
  • Category: Garnish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

More resources for eating plant based

A few more plant based resources for fitting vegan recipes into your everyday:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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