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Plant-Based Bacon Three Ways

Marinade and preparation of mushroom, rice paper, and tempeh bacon
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinade Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins


  • Baking sheet
  • Cast iron skillet



  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or acceptable replacement
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup the real kind!
  • 1/4 cup olive oil unrefined
  • 1/2 tbsp miso paste there are soy free versions available
  • 1/2 tbsp unrefined salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

Plant Bacons

  • 1 cup mushrooms cremini, portobello, other meaty mushroom
  • 2 sheets rice paper spring roll sheets
  • 4 oz tempeh


  • Combine all ingredients for marinade into a bowl and whisk together.

Mushroom Bacon

  • Cut mushroom caps into 1/4" thickness. Coat and toss with 1/4 cup of marinade.
  • Bake in oven at 400 ºF for 15-20 minutes, until mushrooms are golden-brown crispy.

Rice Paper Bacon

  • Cut two sheets of rice paper into 1" strips.
  • Take two equal sized strips, line them up, and dip them into a bowl of water. They will stick together.
    Dip the combined piece into the marinade and lay flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Repeat with the rest of the rice paper strips. Place in oven at 400 ºF.
  • After 6 minutes, keep a close eye on the oven. When pieces look bubbly and crispy, remove them one at a time. Do not remove all pieces at once, their consistencies will vary and some may still be chewy.

Tempeh Bacon

  • Cut tempeh into thin 1/8" strips. Place into a glass dish and cover with marinade. Place in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, preferably one hour.
  • Oven method:
    Place tempeh on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 350 ºF. Cook for 15 minutes, then flip and cook for 10 more minutes until golden-brown and crispy.
  • Skillet method:
    Heat skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and cook tempeh on each side for 3-5 minutes. Add some marinade in the pan during cooking for extra caramelization.