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Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon

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.

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

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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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