Tofu bacon is smoky, salty, crunchy, and chewy. Made with 6 simple ingredients in under 30 minutes, it's a great bacon substitute that you can use to make a Vegan BLT sandwich or to serve with Old Fashioned Fluffy Vegan Pancakes, Tofu Scramble, or Vegan Buttermilk Waffles.
We know that this vegan tofu bacon recipe is going to get bacon connoisseur’s undies in a twist, and that’s fine.
Our mission is to make plant food taste like the food we used to eat. No animals harmed.
Does our vegan bacon recipe taste exactly like bacon made from pigs. Of course not.
Is it a close enough version that will satisfy the craving for salty, smoky, crunchy, and chewy food? Absolutely!
It's a wonderful bacon substitute for vegetarians and vegans, so give it a try and let us know what you think.
This quick tofu bacon recipe is super easy and calls for only 6 simple ingredients.
- Extra-firm tofu - use the firmest tofu you can find. This will make the crunchiest bacon.
- Vegetable oil - the oil is crucial for giving the tofu a chewy and crispy texture.
- Tamari or soy sauce - use Tamari if you need gluten-free tofu bacon.
- Liquid smoke - this is what gives the bacon its smoky flavor.
- Vegan Worcestershire sauce - we use Wizard's Gluten-Free Vegan Worcestershire Sauce.
- Maple syrup - bacon has a slightly sweet flavor, and maple syrup is a great ingredient to give the tofu bacon a sweet maple flavor.
How to Make It
Here is a step by step tutorial with visual cues.
- Press the excess water out of the tofu and slice into thin pieces. About ¼ to a ½ inch thick.
Is Liquid Smoke Good for You?
There are many debates about the safety of liquid smoke.
Some say it’s bad for you and some say otherwise.
We like to go with what scientists say, and not the mainstream.
Here’s what we know.
- Liquid smoke is not made with chemicals.
- The flavor comes from the water vapor of smoke that is trapped in a tube.
- Smoked paprika is flavored with it and so are other smoky flavored ingredients.
- It adds a wonderful smoky flavor to food, and you don’t need a lot to get that flavor.
If you’re not okay with using it, feel free to leave it out. Just know that the flavor of this recipe will be seriously compromised.
Is Tofu Good for You?
This is another topic that’s been hotly debated. Here’s what we know.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are totally different than the estrogen people get from eating estrogen from animals.
Studies on phytoestrogen have shown that it’s actually good for fighting cancer and improving bone strength.
If you look at Asian populations, who eat the most amount of soy, you’ll find that they have the lowest cancer rates.
While Western countries, who consume the biggest amount of dairy and meat, have the highest cancer rates.
Food for thought.
What to Serve with Tofu Bacon
Everything’s better with smoked tofu bacon.
And of course, you should definitely make a vegan BLT.
Vegan bacon can be made out of tofu, tempeh, pea protein, vital wheat gluten, mushrooms, coconut, and rice paper, as long as the proper marinade is applied and it's cooked until it's crispy.
Most of it is because it's made with unsaturated fat to make it cholesterol free, and it doesn't contain hormones or antibiotics.
Vegans don't eat animal products because they don't believe in harming sentient beings. That doesn't mean that they didn't enjoy the taste and texture of meat before they went vegan. If they can make a plant-based version of their favorite animal foods, then everyone wins.
Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Crisp it up in the oven.
Tofu bacon is best when it's eaten just after it's been baked. We don't recommend freezing it.
VEGAN TOFU BACON
- 1 Oven
- 14 ounce extra-firm tofu pressed
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce we use Annie’s or Wizard’s brand for gluten-free
- ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F (204˚C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Press the water out of the tofu and thinly slice, approximately a ¼ inch thick.
- In a large shallow bowl, whisk the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce, 1 tablespoon liquid smoke, 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce, and the ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup until fully combined.
- Dip the tofu strips into the marinade, making sure both sides are covered.
- Place the strips evenly on the baking sheet and pour or brush the excess marinade on top of the strips.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and flip. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until crispy and nicely browned.