Tempeh Bacon

Number of Servings: 2-4 (136 G)
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Tempeh Bacon

Bacon. It’s delicious. It’s the reason many omnivores cling to meat and the reason many vegetarians lapse in their commitment to living the meat-free life. It’s also one of the reasons our doctors worry about our hearts. This vegan alternative to bacon is easy to make, speedier to cook up than actual bacon, is better for your health and the planet, and tastes amazing. Worth a try, right?


  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ½ t. black pepper
  • 8 oz. tempeh, thinly sliced
  • Cooking spray


  1. Whisk together all ingredients except tempeh and cooking spray in a shallow dish.
  2. Layer tempeh in marinade, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Spritz with cooking spray and lay the tempeh flat on the skillet in single layers, taking care not to add more marinade to the pan than needed. Cook until tempeh is crisp on both sides, flipping half way through. Should not need more than 1-2 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container

Serving Size 136G

Amount per serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.5g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 9g
Includes 6g Added Sugars 12%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 191.4mg 15%
Iron 3.9mg 20%
Potassium 510mg 10%
Vitamin A 2.6mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0.1mcg 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 6%
Vitamin K 5.1mcg 4%
Thiamin 0mg 0%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 0.1mg 0%
Vitamin B6 0mg 0%
Folate 0.6mcg 0%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 0mcg 0%
Chloride 0mg 0%
Pantothenate 0mg 0%
Phosphorus 5.9mg 0%
Iodine 0mcg 0%
Magnesium 5.2mg 2%
Zinc 0.2mg 0%
Selenium 0.1mcg 0%
Copper 0mg 0%
Manganese 0.4mg 15%
Chromium 0.3mcg 0%
Molybdenum 0mcg 0%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Tempeh (organic Soybeans, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Starter Culture (rhizopus Oligosporus)), Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Soy Sauce (soybeans, Salt, Wheat), Liquid Smoke (water, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses, Caramel Color And Salt), Black Pepper, Cumin, Cooking Spray (canola Oil (adds A Trivial Amount Of Fat), Lecithin From Soybeans, Phosphated Mono- And Diglycerides, Dimethyl Silicone (for Anti-foaming), Rosemary Extract (preservative), Propellant), Cayenne Pepper.

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