I love tempeh. It is so versatile and takes the flavor of the marinade or seasoning it is cooked in. It's got a great texture. And it's fermented! It sounds strange, fermented soy beans, but eating fermented foods is great for you digestive system. Digestive health is key to good overall health.
I was inspired a few weeks ago to make a vegan BLT when I watched one of my favorite Youtubers make a tempeh BLT in her 'What I Eat in a Day' video (linked here: Sarah's Vegan Kitchen). I began furiously searching the web for a tempeh bacon recipe and was surprised to find so many! I tried this recipe from Simple Vegan Blog first and with the help of my fabulous, taste-testing mom, have tweaked the recipe to suit our taste buds.
The key to his recipe is pure maple syrup. We just happened to have this syrup that came directly from Canada which is amazing. I also tested the recipe with the Publix brand pure maple syrup and it turns out delicious as well.
The other marinade ingredients were less sodium soy sauce (I honestly just prefer the flavor of this to the regular sodium), liquid smoke, and Chipotle Tabasco sauce. The Chipotle Tabasco doesn't add too much heat, but really adds to the smokiness of the tempeh bacon.
To make the marinade, just combine 1/4 cup of the soy sauce, 1 tablespoon on pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke, and 1 teaspoon of Chipotle Tabasco. Mix this well and add the thinly sliced tempeh. Let the tempeh marinate for at least 15 minutes, but longer is always better.
Once the tempeh has marinated for at least 15 minutes, lay it out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.
After the tempeh has baked for 12 minutes, turn the broiler on high for 2 minutes. Do it. I promise, it's worth it (notice the three missing pieces). And that's it. You've got vegan bacon. Perfect for a tempeh BLT or served alongside some banana pancakes.
8 oz. Tempeh, sliced thinly
1/4 cup Less sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon Liquid smoke
1 teaspoon Chipotle Tabasco
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Mix the soy sauce, pure maple syrup, liquid smoke, and Chipotle Tabasco in a small container with a lid
- Thinly slice tempeh and add to marinade. Cover and let rest for at least 15 minutes.
- Place slices of tempeh on a parchment-lined baking sheet
- Bake for 12 minutes
- Turn broiler on high and broil for 2 minutes
Serve in a BLT or alongside a stack of banana pancakes.