The Best Ever Vegan Bacon

People always say a bacon butty is what they would miss the most if they were vegetarian.

For me, it’s more specific; it’s a BLT. Crisp, crunch iceberg lettuce with sweet, juicy tomatoes on thick white crusty bread slathered with butter and mayonnaise cradling slices of thick cut bacon with crispy fat. Drool.

But, in my new plant-based life, this is just a distant memory. Or is it…?

I tried lots of different recipes and finally slightly tweaked my favourite one from Yup It’s Vegan to create this.

Now, of course I know now there are a lot of a bacon substitutes available ready to buy but they are pretty pricey and some of them leave you with that smokey bacon crisps taste for hours (is that just me?) so if you want to try something different, here’s how you make Tofu Bacon.

Ingredients:

280g firm tofu (I use a pack of Tofoo)
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp liquid smoke
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Drain and press the tofu. You can press it by wrapping it in a clean towel and stack a heavy object (like a recipe book) on top of it to press out excess liquid.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C and place a metal rack on top of a baking sheet and lightly grease it. If you don’t have a rack (I don’t) then use an oven shelf and put a tray below to catch drips!
  3. Whisk together all the other ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Slice the tofu into slices – the thinner they are, the more crispy your bacon will be. Then, take each slice and lay in the marinade. Make sure it’s coated both sides then place on the rack. Repeat until all slices are used (you should still have marinade left over, set this to one side)
  5. Put them in the oven for 10 mins then remove and turn each slice over. Baste each piece with the remaining marinade and return to the oven for another 5 mins.
  6. Check after 5 mins and use up any leftover marinade and tun any pieces that are crisping up. Put back in for a final 5 mins.
  7. Once as crispy as you like set aside to cool before eating.

I use these in bacon butties, with a fry up and also in a chcken, ‘bacon’ and avocado salad.

Hope you like them!


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