This Vegan Tofu Bacon has an amazing salty, sweet smoky flavor. It’s crispy, chewy, and perfect alongside your pancakes or making the best vegan BLT.
First, let’s drop the ‘tude and clear the air about tofu. It doesn’t cause man-boobs, shrunken testicles, or anything else like that. It’s not the boogie man. It’s just a big block of unflavored protein that’s super healthy.
I will admit that on its own it ain’t that great. But, with a little help, and it doesn’t take much, it’s pretty freaking incredible. As you are about to find out.
Ready? Let’s make some Tofu Bacon!
First things first. Is this exactly like bacon? No. Because it’s not bacon! And, that’s a good thing.
But, really. What is bacon? It’s unflavored fat that’s been marinated and cooked. Right? So, all we’re doing is taking a super healthy protein that just happens to have a meaty texture and doing the same thing. And, it tastes amazing!
Toss this vegan tofu bacon on some bread with lettuce and my cashew mayo to make the best vegan BLT sandwiches. It’s also great for topping salads. And, if you love vegan bacon recipes don’t forget to check out my amazing vegan bacon bits.
Why You Will Love this Vegan Tofu Bacon Recipe
- chewy and surprisingly crispy
- sweet and savory
- awesome smoky flavor
- full of flavor and tastes amazing
- a great source of plant-based high protein
What Kind Of Tofu Should I Use?
I’m going to start by saying what type of tofu you should never use to make tofu bacon. DO NOT USE SILKEN TOFU! You’ll end up with a big mess and probably vow to never use tofu ever again. A little dramatic don’t you think? Ok, let’s move on.
Super firm tofu like Wildwood High Protein Tofu is my personal favorite. But, any brand is great for this recipe. Super firm tofu slices really well, has a super meaty texture, and a tofu press is not necessary. You just take it out of the package, pat it with a paper towel, and you’re ready to go.
If you don’t have super firm tofu use a block extra firm tofu. It works very well. Just be sure you press it for at least 20-30 minutes, even longer, before you slice it and marinate it. Getting most of the water out of the tofu helps the marinade absorb and stick a little better.
Remember, you’re wanting to create a chewy, crispy, and savory experience. There should be no such thing as “delicate” tofu bacon.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- extra firm tofu
- low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free)
- pure maple syrup
- vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
- tomato paste
- smoked paprika or paprika
- liquid smoke (optional)
- garlic powder
- black pepper
How To Make Tofu Bacon
Tofu bacon is so easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. And, it’s also cheap and relatively quick.
Start out by slicing your tofu into thin strips. But, not too thin. You’ll find many differing opinions on this issue. However, in my experience, if the strips are too thin they will cook very fast and end up burnt. Yes, charred and crispy tofu bacon is one thing, scorched is another.
And, don’t worry about trying to slice the strips evenly. That’s what gives you a variety of crispiness, chewiness, and thickness.
Now, it’s time to marinate! Place the tofu slices in a small bowl or container, whisk the marinade ingredients together, and pour over the tofu until all the pieces are covered.
I would suggest letting the tofu marinate for at least 1 hour. But, if you are wanting maximum flavor let the tofu slices marinate for several hours. But, overnight is best.
Remember, tofu bacon is all about flavor.
Remove the tofu bacon from the oven and flip with a fork, baste with some of the leftover marinade, and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
Flipping the tofu is important because it helps the tofu bacon to cook and crisp up consistently and evenly.
Now, at this point, you could just call it a day and enjoy this smoky, sweet, and savory creation. But, why stop? I would suggest you take it a step further. Because anything worth doing is worth doing right. Right?
Once you take the tofu bacon out of the oven, preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Then, add several of the tofu bacon strips at a time, coat with a little of the marinade, and pan-fry for a couple of minutes per side.
It’s a small step. But, oh man! Magical. The crispiness, the chewiness, and the flavor are absolutely amazing!
More Amazing Smoky Vegan Recipes
- Vegan Bacon Flavored Hummus
- Tempeh Bacon
- Chipotle Chickpea Tacos
- Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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This Vegan Tofu Bacon has an amazing salty, sweet smoky flavor. It’s crispy, chewy, and perfect alongside your pancakes or making a vegan BLT.
- 1 16–ounce block super firm tofu. I like Wildwood Organic Super Firm. You can also use a 14-ounce block of extra firm tofu.
- Remove the super firm tofu from the package and pat dry with a paper towel. If you are using regular extra firm tofu be sure and press for at least 20 minutes.
- Slice the tofu into ⅛″ rectangles (photos above) and place in a shallow bowl or a conatiner where the tofu will just fit.
- Whisk together the marinade in a small bowl and pour over the tofu slices. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour. But, for maximum flavor overnight is best.
- When you’re ready to cook preheat the oven to 375 degress and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the marinated tofu slices evenly on the baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Remove and gently flip the tofu, baste with some of the leftover marinade, and bake for 10 more minutes.
- Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add several strips of the tofu bacon to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes per side basting with more of the leftover marinade. Repeat until you’ve cooked all the tofu bacon strips.
- Serve immediately.
To reheat simply pop it back in the oven for a few minutes. However, you can wrap this up and set at room temperature.
- Serving Size: 4 slices
- Calories: 83
- Sugar: 5.6 g
- Sodium: 228.6 mg
- Fat: 2.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.1 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 5.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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