Delicious Eats

Tempeh Bacon

This smoky, savory tempeh “bacon” recipe comes from Lauren and John at  Hot For Food.

They recommend using it in their B.K.T sandwiches and Kale Caesar Salad, but we think it’s good in just about anything!

Thanks for the recipe and photo, Lauren and John!


1 pkg of tempeh (approx. 250g)

1/2 C tamari (can sub soy sauce or bragg’s aminos)

1/2 C tbsp water

1/3 C liquid smoke

1/3 C maple syrup

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1-2 tbsp coconut oil (for frying)

extra water for de-glazing the pan


Thinly slice the tempeh. Whisk together all the liquid ingredients and smoked paprika in a shallow dish that you can use to marinate the tempeh in. Lay the slices of tempeh in the dish and pour in half the sauce. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

To cook, heat a non-stick pan to medium and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Then when it’s heated add the slices of tempeh. Once the first side starts to brown you’ll want to start de-glazing the pan with left over marinade and a bit of water every so often to prevent them from sticking and to get them really caramelized and browned. Flip the slices and do the same thing on the other side. You might want to use another tbsp of coconut oil on the other side to get them frying up nice.

Cook time is approx. 15-20 mins. You’re trying to caramelize the tempeh – time may vary.

Yield: Makes enough for 4  sandwiches!