Confession: As a carnivore I never enjoyed eating bacon. I had tried it maybe 3 times in my life, but I could never figure out why the entire country seemed to go crazy at the very mention of it. So why would I decide to veganize a dish I never liked in the first place? Mostly because I knew the likelihood of it actually tasting like bacon was pretty slim, and I had a package of tempeh in the fridge that I had been holding on to for what felt like forever and I refused to turn it into a BBQ sandwich. I wanted to try something new! This recipe was so easy to make, I wondered why I had never tried it before! All you do is throw all of the ingredients together, cut, marinate and fry. It was that simple! I have to say, I’ll definitely be making this again. It was a great enhancement to my avocado toast and went really nicely in a grilled cheese (paired with tofurkey, Chao cheese, and spinach). Not to mention the marinade smells amazing!!
- 5 oz package of Tempeh
- 1 tbsp soy sauce plus more for frying
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1/2 tsp red hot sauce
- 2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a marinating dish
- Slice your tempeh as thin or as thick as you would like it and marinate on each side for 1-2 minutes.
- In a heated oiled pan, place your tempeh in a single layer until browned, then flip and continue to cook until the remaining side is browned as well.