This tempeh bacon certainly isn’t the real thing, and that’s a good thing. But, it can be substituted in any recipe and in any form, just like you would do with traditional pork or turkey bacon. The flavors are a great combination of salty, sweet, spicy and definitely smoky.

Makes 8-10 slices

Prep time: 10 minutes (excluding marinate time)

Cook time: 10-12 minutes


  • One package of plain tempeh
  • 3 Tbls. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  •  3 Tbls. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. smoky paprika
  • 1-2 Tbls. liquid smoke (optional)


  1. Slice the tempeh lengthwise, carefully into 1/4″ pieces.
  2. Lay tempeh in shallow pan.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in small saucepan and heat until well combined.
  4. Let marinade cool, then pour over tempeh slices.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, then flip slices to make sure all sides get covered. Refrigerate for another 2 hours.
  6. Heat grill or sauté pan on high.
  7. When pan is hot, add tempeh slices and let cook for 8 minutes on one side, then carefully turn and cook on the other side.

Option: put tempeh slices single layer on foil, and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on it so as not to burn.

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