Vegans can turn a lot of things into bacon! And we’re thankful to them for finding so many ways to help lots of people enjoy same food without harming the animal. In today’s post, we are going to share with you 4 great ways to create vegan bacon. Whether you’re a vegan or not, you’re sure to love these.
We discovered these four amazing recipes in Amuse your Bouche, Olives for Dinner, Eco Salon and Veganosity. Thank you for creating these delicious and nutritious bacon and wrote down all these recipes for everyone. Check out their respective websites for more vegan recipes that you will love to recreate.
According to Becca of Amuse your Bouche, “This tofu bacon is smoky, sticky, a little bit spicy, and a little bit sweet. If ‘real’ bacon tastes as good as this tofu bacon tastes, I can kind of see where people are coming from.”
Here’s how you can create tofu bacon for your entire family:
- 200g firm tofu (enough for 4 thin slices)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp chipotle sauce (or similar smoky hot sauce)
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- Black pepper
- 1tbsp oil
- Cut the tofu into 4 thin slices. Press the tofu.
- In a suitably sized baking dish, combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, chipotle sauce, smoked paprika, and plenty of black pepper. Mix well. When the tofu has been pressed, transfer it to the baking dish, and make sure it’s well coated in the marinade. Leave to marinate for a few minutes.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the marinated tofu. Pour over any leftover marinade. Cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes each side, or until the tofu is firm and crispy.
Erin from Olives for Dinner used large and cheap shiitake for this bacon recipe. According to her, “Besides eating them as is, these would be perfect sprinkled on top of a vegan clam chowder or split pea soup.”
Here’s how to recreate shiitake bacon:
- 1 tb olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
- 2 cups shiitake mushroom caps, sliced thinly
- Combine all of the ingredients except for the sliced shiitake into a shallow glass pyrex or bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Add in the sliced shiitake, and stir gently to combine. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes to an hour.
- Place the shiitake in a single layer onto the silpat. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 15 minutes*. Increase the heat to 375, then bake for 10 minutes more. Flip, then finish for 10 more minutes. Keep an eye on them towards the end to ensure they do not burn.
Aylin from Eco Salon believes that Mother Nature provided a good alternative to meat bacon in the form of eggplants. According to her, “This recipe for vegan eggplant bacon is infused with the smoke and spice reminiscent of real bacon without the fat and salt overload.”
Follow these steps to create some eggplant bacon.
- 1 medium eggplant
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cut the eggplant, lengthwise, into thin slices.
- Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, cayenne, liquid smoke, and maple flavoring. Set aside.
- On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, brush an even layer of olive oil. Place eggplant slices on the greased baking sheet. Turn them around so that now both sides are lightly greased from the sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the eggplant begins to brown lightly.
- Remove from the oven and brush both sides of the eggplant with the soy sauce and seasonings mixture. Bake for another 4-5 minutes. Be sure that they do not burn and become too hard.
With this mushroom bacon, Alex and Linda from Veganosity believes that they can lure meat eaters into the light. The recipe may not transform them, but it will make them “crave the shroom over Babe.”
Create portobello mushroom bacon by following the directions below:
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 large Portobello mushroom – washed and patted dry
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 ounces liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the liquid smoke, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
- Cut the mushroom into thin strips, no more than a 1/4 of an inch thick, and marinate both sides in the liquid mixture. At least 15 minutes per side.
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet and cook the mushrooms for 3 minutes, flip and cook for 3 more minutes. They should be browned and the edges should look crispy.