Meet tempeh bacon: a delicious and quick meat substitute

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As far as we’re concerned, tempeh is in the ‘tasty, as long as you know how to prepare it’ category. That usually depends on making the right marinades. And what if we told you that you can marinate tempeh in such a way that the taste will resemble bacon? Meet tempeh bacon.

The critical carnivore probably has serious doubts about this fact. How can a preparation of vegetable ingredients even come close to a crispy piece of bacon? Well, of course you have to be a bit open to it. But the fact is that a lot is possible with the right ingredients and that meat substitutes are generally becoming more and more exciting.

Tempeh bacon in a nutshell

Just look at tempeh bacon, which is actually quite ingenious. To match the texture and taste of tempeh, a block of tempeh is cut into thin slices (the size of bacon slices) and then fried in a pan until crispy.

Then comes a mixture of seasonings. Recipes vary here and there, but often soy sauce (for the ultimate saltiness and umami), maple syrup and garlic powder are used. All together it will only take you 15 minutes. Easy is not it? We don’t have to tell you that tempeh bacon is delicious on a sandwich, with an egg, in pieces with fried rice or with these mashed potatoes with parmesan.

This is how you make tempeh bacon yourself

Making tempeh bacon yourself is therefore not difficult. Check out a few recipes online, like the one from Tasty or Epicurious . You will find that most recipes add an element of smokiness to the marinade in addition to a sweetness and a saltiness. This can be done, for example, with smoked paprika or smoked sea salt. Or do you have a bottle of liquid smoke in your pantry? Then now is the right time to get that bottle out of the dust again.

If you want to go all the way, you can also make your own tempeh. You can read more about that here .

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