Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon

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I don’t know about you buy I love the package Fakin’ Bacon you can buy at the natural food store made from tempeh. But it is SO expensive and a little too salty for my taste, so I decided to make my own. This way I can save money and use only the highest quality pure ingredients. This is a snap to make and is delicious! I know many of you are new to tempeh and loved my Curry “Chicken” Salad recipe. Hope you enjoy this one too!

This is great for breakfast, served on a sandwich or in a pita, great chopped up on a salad or in a casserole!


Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon
3 to 4 servings

8 ounce package of tempeh
1/4 cup tamari
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
Dash of black pepper

Slice tempeh in thin slices. Combine all marinade ingredients inside a Pyrex dish large enough to fit slices of tempeh in one single layer. Coat each piece of tempeh and marinate for 1 hour turning once. Drain most of the marinade from the tempeh and save leaving a little at the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees F turning once halfway through. If it looks dry at the halfway point add a touch of the marinade to the pan.

Comment List

  • Scrumptious! I will be trying this soon. I have 2 packages of that exact tempeh in the fridge waiting! Your curry chicken salad recipe sounds awesome too.

  • Eco-Vegan Gal 02 / 03 / 2010 Reply

    Take it from me, this is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe : )

  • Morgan 02 / 03 / 2010 Reply

    Her curry tempeh recipe IS awesome! This looks good too! Keep the yummy recipes coming. 🙂

  • Jade 06 / 03 / 2010 Reply

    Yummy!! Hits the spot

  • These are in the oven right now!! Yum yum!

  • Rachel 07 / 03 / 2010 Reply

    OMG! Christy! What a treat! Finally got to have some fun in the kitchen today. Made this and it was AMAZING!

  • Jessica 05 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    This looks like a great recipe. I tried making a similar tempeh bacon recipe and couldn’t get it thin enough without it falling to pieces. I want to try your marinade (I appreciate you saying it’s not so salty!) — any tips on how to slice the tempeh?

    • christy 19 / 01 / 2018 Reply

      I don’t slice it that thin, it’s okay if it’s about 1 cm, not as thin as the packaged kind.

  • kim g. 16 / 08 / 2010 Reply

    This looks great – can't wait to try it!

  • Megan Heimer 31 / 07 / 2012 Reply

    Her girl! I was wondering what brand of liquid smoke you use for this recipe?

    Can't wait to make it!


    • Christy Morgan 01 / 08 / 2012 Reply

      Most liquid smoke you get from a natural food store is going to be vegan. The one I use is colgin brand.

      • Megan Heimer 01 / 08 / 2012

        Thanks! There is no health food store where I am so I wanted to place an order online! I found the brand and will make the recipe soon. Thanks again. 

  • Deborah 06 / 02 / 2014 Reply

    I tried this Fakin’ Bacon and it is really scrumptious! I made some cinnamon energy bars and have those with my bacon for breakfast.

    • christy 08 / 02 / 2014 Reply


  • Caitlin 23 / 01 / 2018 Reply

    Yum, great idea! I used to dislike tempeh until I discovered a local producer and the fresh, homemade stuff is GREAT! Bet it would be great like this!

  • MASOTO 11 / 06 / 2020 Reply

    I made some on my own yesterday. Then tried again today with more seasonings and then I find this now! 😆 Will try this on my next batch. Been getting tempeh in bulk because of C19 & can’t find it in stores.
    I will be using coconut amino‘s to cut the sodium down even more. Need to for my new heart condition.

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