Monday, June 20, 2011

Jen's Famous Tempeh Bacon

Here it is, the recipe that everyone loved on T.V. and at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival's Meatless Gourmet... TEMPEH BACON!

This is a recipe I made up based on the ingredients found in various real pork products, adapted for a healthier and more humane lifestyle.
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My apologies and a forewarning that these are not the exact measurements, as they have never actually been recorded. If interested, or seriously fiending for structure, message me, and next time I cook this dish I'll try to remember to record the exact measurements.

1 package of tempeh (I prefer the multi-grain, but it doesn't really matter)
1/2 tablespoon fennel seed
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon sage
1 tablespoons liquid amino
1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1-2 tablespoons Earth Balance or coconut oil

  • Slice the tempeh into short strips, about 2-3mm thick and place into a large pan. 
  • Just barely cover with water and set the burner to medium-hot. 
  • Sprinkle fennel seeds into water. 
  • Shake the thyme and sage over the tempeh so that each piece is lightly covered. 
  • I tend to rapidly squeeze the liquid amino in a zig-zag formation, basically being sure that each piece has a little dose of the liquid. 
  • Again, with the hot sauce, just be sure each piece has a dash. 
  • I just use a cap full of the Worcestershire sauce, and a few shakes of the liquid smoke. 
  • Gently stir the ingredients to be sure everything is evenly coated. 
  • Let the mixture boil till there is essentially no water in the pan. 
  • At this point add a bit of either Earth Balance or coconut oil into the pan and lightly fry the tempeh on each side till just slightly crispy. 
  • Remove from pan and enjoy in all the places you would eat bacon, if you ate bacon!


  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! Can't wait to try to make this!

  2. We made this recipe yesterday. It was GREAT!! We used the tempeh bacon in BLTs for lunch and my son ate the rest of the bacon in a BLT for breakfast today:o) Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!