This tasty, sweet, and smoky tempeh bacon recipe is made in the air fryer. The air fryer gives it a wonderful crispiness on the outside. This vegan bacon recipe is delicious in breakfast tacos, a wrap, crumbled on top of a salad, and as a side dish with banana oatmeal waffles. It's gluten-free, oil-free, high in protein, has no added sugar, and is ready in 20 minutes!
What's in this sweet and smoky tempeh bacon
- Smoked paprika
- Coconut aminos
- Simple Homemade Date Syrup
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cayenne (optional for heat)
This recipe makes about 30 strips of tempeh bacon (approximately 7-8 strips per serving).
How to make this tempeh bacon
Slice a block of tempeh in half. Then slice each half of the block into smaller strips.
Put sliced tempeh into a medium pot with a cup of water and a steamer basket. Turn up the heat to medium-high, put the lid on, and steam for 3 to 4 minutes. Steaming the tempeh helps to absorb the flavors of the sauce.
While the tempeh is steaming, combine all the other ingredients into a small to medium size dish. Stir until it's well mixed.
Remove the tempeh from the stove (turn off the heat). Carefully coat the steamed tempeh strips in the sauce.
Arrange the tempeh bacon strips in the air fryer and cook at 400 F (205 C) for 7 to 10 minutes. Be sure to check for doneness at 7 minutes. [Note: If using an oven, arrange strips on a parchment-or silicone-lined baking sheet and cook at 400 F (205 C) for 15 to 20 minutes.]
Leftovers and meal prep
Enjoy this tempeh bacon immediately. Leftovers store well in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This bacon can be frozen in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months, making it great for meal prep!
Frequently Asked Questions
Tempeh is fermented soy bound together by mycelium compacted into cakes. Tempeh originated in Indonesia a few hundred years ago. It has a higher concentration of protein and fiber than tofu. Tempeh is also a good source of iron, manganese, magnesium, and certain B vitamins. Tempeh is available at most grocery stores in 8-ounce packages.
Yes, steaming tempeh before cooking is recommended. It's like getting a facial. When steam comes into contact with your face, your pores open up. The same happens with tempeh. It softens and is better able to absorb the flavor of the sauce or marinade you're trying to infuse.
Yes, tempeh bacon is higher in protein and significantly lower in saturated fat. Eating a diet high in saturated fat has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke by raising LDL (or "bad") cholesterol levels. Check out this article from Harvard Health to learn more. Also, tempeh bacon is high in fiber and has no dietary cholesterol, whereas meat bacon has no fiber and does contain dietary cholesterol.
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