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Tempeh Bacon

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Summary

This tempeh bacon has a sweet smokiness and can be used in many ways. Make a tempeh “BLT” (or “TBLT”) sandwich, add to grain bowls, crumble into salads, enjoy alongside a tofu breakfast scramble or eat it all by itself as a snack!

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time25 mins

Ingredients

 8 oz organic tempeh
 2 cloves garlic (minced)
 3 tbsp organic tamari (reduced-sodium, or coconut aminos)
 2 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
 2 tsp onion powder
 ¼ tsp ground black pepper (optional)
 2 tbsp vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)

Directions

1

Prepare the tempeh for the marinade: In a steamer or steamer basket, heat the tempeh for 15–20 mins, then let cool.

2

Once cool, slice the tempeh into ¼-inch strips, place in a shallow baking dish and set aside.

3

Prepare the marinade: In a small bowl add the garlic, tamari, liquid smoke (if using), maple syrup, onion powder, ground black pepper (if using).

4

Whisk well and pour the marinade over the tempeh strips.

5

Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight, flipping halfway through.

6

Cook the tempeh bacon: Heat a stovetop pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the vegetable broth, followed by the tempeh.

7

Let the tempeh cook on one side for 2–3 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side until golden brown and heated through.

Chef's Notes

Substitutions
Instead of liquid smoke, add smoked paprika.

Use ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder in place of two garlic cloves.

How to enjoy
Enjoy by itself as a snack!

Make a tempeh “BLT” or “TBLT” sandwich.

Layer it on avocado toast.

Add to grain bowls.

Crumble into salads.

Toss into stir-fries.

Add to a tofu breakfast scramble.

Ingredients

 8 oz organic tempeh
 2 cloves garlic (minced)
 3 tbsp organic tamari (reduced-sodium, or coconut aminos)
 2 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
 2 tsp onion powder
 ¼ tsp ground black pepper (optional)
 2 tbsp vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)

Directions

1

Prepare the tempeh for the marinade: In a steamer or steamer basket, heat the tempeh for 15–20 mins, then let cool.

2

Once cool, slice the tempeh into ¼-inch strips, place in a shallow baking dish and set aside.

3

Prepare the marinade: In a small bowl add the garlic, tamari, liquid smoke (if using), maple syrup, onion powder, ground black pepper (if using).

4

Whisk well and pour the marinade over the tempeh strips.

5

Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight, flipping halfway through.

6

Cook the tempeh bacon: Heat a stovetop pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the vegetable broth, followed by the tempeh.

7

Let the tempeh cook on one side for 2–3 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side until golden brown and heated through.

Tempeh Bacon