Tempeh Bacon Recipe

This tempeh bacon recipe is smokey and delicious, coming together with just five simple whole-foods, plant-based ingredients. 

Have you tried tempeh yet? It’s a fermented soy product, and in my opinion, it has a meatier taste and texture when compared to tofu. 

The natural hardiness of tempeh makes it the perfect vegan alternative for a bacon recipe! Better yet, this Tempeh Bacon Recipe is so easy to make, you can have it served up in less than ten minutes.

What exactly is Tempeh?

Tempeh is made from soybeans that are cooked and then cultured. It comes in a slab, and is often sliced like bacon pieces when you buy it from the store. You can usually find it along with your tofu and other vegan products at most mainstream grocery stores. 

It has a bit of an earthy taste, and is packed with probiotics which makes it a richly nutritious protein choice if you’re wanting to change things up a bit! If you’re looking for a tempeh meal prep recipe, definitely try our tempeh teriyaki bowls.  

What’s In This Tempeh Bacon Recipe?

To make tempeh bacon, you only need a few really simple ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. 

This includes:

  • Soy Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Cumin 
  • Maple Syrup (or brown sugar)

The key here is to create a smokey, delicious marinade reminiscent of traditional bacon! The longer you are vegan, the more you realize what you miss about meat dishes is simply the flavor, and not the meat itself. That’s why you’ll go absolutely crazy of this Vegan Tempeh Bacon!


What should I serve tempeh bacon with?

We love cooking up our Tempeh Bacon Recipe to go along with a traditional breakfast.

These are some of our favorite plant-based recipes for you to enjoy. 

 You could also use it as a great source of vegan protein in a ‘bacon’, lettuce and tomato sandwich, or a lunch wrap. It would be a truly delicious complement to our “Vegan Tuna Wrap” recipe, which you can find here!

If you need some more support on your plant-based journey, we also have over 70 done-for-you meal plans with shopping lists and macros. You can subscribe to those here.


Tempeh Bacon

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This tempeh bacon recipe requires just five simple vegan ingredients for a delicious smokey bacon you can feel good about eating.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 75kcal


  • Pan


  • 5 Slices Tempeh
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin


  • Create a quick marinade by combining your soy sauce, maple syrup, hot sauce and cumin in a glass bowl or tupperware. Soak the tempeh slices on each side for one minute until the sauce is soaked up.
  • Add the tempeh to an oiled or non-stick pan, and cook over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes on each side until crispy. Enjoy!



Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, vegan



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