Smoky tempeh bacon with a side of tofu scramble and tortilla
All,  Breakfast

Easy Tempeh Bacon Recipe

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A few years ago, I had no idea what tempeh was, but I am sure I wasn’t alone. 

Although tempeh is not a new thing, it’s not exactly widely-known, either. But once you get the chance to experience it, you’ll fall in love. It’s an amazingly versatile, protein-packed vegetarian option that can be used for a plethora of vegan dishes. 

Fast-forward to today, I have learned to love tempeh. The flavor is mild, but it is a vessel for marinades, flavor, and spices. Without the introduction of added flavors, tempeh has a subtle nuttiness to it. It is also slightly bitter, which can be reduced through steaming or boiling. 

Over the years, I’ve learned to love it, make lots of mistakes with it, and learn more along the way. I’ve had it in burritos, BLTs, with a side of tofu scramble, and topped a soup with it. Tempeh is typically sold in a block and can sometimes be found next to tofu at the grocery store. 

Easy Tempeh Bacon Recipe

Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, Tempeh Bacon



  • Boil tempeh in a pot for 10 minutes. 
  • Cut the tempeh into thin slices without falling apart. 
  • In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. 
  • On a plate or shallow dish, pour the marinade over the tempeh and allow it to sit while you heat your pan.
  • Add oil to a pan over medium-high heat.  
  • Once the oil is hot, add tempeh slices and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden.
  • Remove tempeh slices from the pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack or paper towels for a couple of minutes. 


  1. Use low sodium soy sauce or it will be too salty. 
  2. I used about ¼ teaspoon of marinade for each tempeh bacon slice. 
  3. If you want a sous vide version of this recipe, check this one out. 
  4. I personally like the sous vide version more, as I find marinade penetrates the tempeh better. But both ways are delicious.
Smoky tempeh bacon with a side of tofu scramble

Add a serving of tofu scramble with your plant-based, tempeh bacon.

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