Vegan Bacon

"If you were to use this in a BLT sandwich and replaced the bacon with it, you would never know the difference! My kids are bacon lovers, but now they prefer this. It doesn't look quite like bacon but it tastes the same."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by May I Have That Rec photo by May I Have That Rec
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by May I Have That Rec photo by May I Have That Rec
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  • Fry tofu strips on low heat until they are crispy on the outside. The best way to do this is to lay them in the pan in the oil and let them sit for at least 10 minutes, simmering. They should turn easily after that.
  • Turn them and give them another 10 minutes on the other side.
  • Mix the soya sauce with the liquid smoke first, then take the pan off the heat.
  • Pour the liquid smoke/soya sauce into the pan and stir the tofu so all sides are coated.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over all, stir some more, over the heat, until the liquid is gone and the tofu is covered with sticky yeast.

Questions & Replies

  1. Has anyone tried this on their kids? Tough crowd here but I was able to sneak in Tofu as chicken for a few years
  2. Do these crisp up?
  3. Where does one find nutritional yeast in a grocery store?
  4. Can I make this without the nutritional yeast ? Or is there a good substitute?
  5. Could you freeze these and use for later? If so how long could you freeze them? Thanks!


  1. i made this today, and wow! it's amazing how much like bacon it tastes to me! i did have issues with the tofu going soft when i poured on the soy and smoke, and i started with cracker crisp strips of tofu. however, it did crisp back up again with a bit of cooking. i'm a reluctant vegetarian (dr's orders!) and bacon is the thing i miss the most. but boy, this is excellent! and totally satisfied my bacon craving!
  2. Delicious. Just like bacon! I've made these twice. The first time I used plenty of oil to fry the tofu. The second time I didn't use hardly any. You need the oil to get the right texture. So easy to make. We ate them with BLT's and again with vegan mac n' cheese. I could have licked the pan I cooked them in. Thought about it for a second but realized that I would probably burn myself & decided to reserve a bit of dignity.
  3. So I ate some bacon today. For the first time in several years. Oh, I know it may have looked like fried tofu with some seasonings on it, but no, it was bacon. Seriously though, if you're a vegetarian, you know that there are NO good bacon substitutes. The texture, flavor, crispiness, none of it can be replicated. Although it turns out it CAN be! My girlfriend and I were stunned by this recipe. Stunned. I created my account simply to put in this review because it was so good I had to say something.
  4. Excellent! I saw this and wanted to try right away even though I didn't have liquid smoke. I made only a couple of slices until I go to the store for the liquid smoke. I was shocked at how good it was and cooked a panful more. I think the nutritional yeast really adds to the bacon-y taste and I know the liquid smoke will make it even better. I didn't care for any tempeh bacon recipes I've tried and didn't think tofu bacon would work at all. I was so wrong. A great vegan recipe to keep!!!
  5. Oh my goodness! I tried tofu on my husband about 16 years ago and he was so traumatized that the thought of it turns him green. I recently decided to go vegan and bring the family along for the ride and this was my first try at tofu as a main ingredient. hubby saw me making this and immediately wanted to go to the store for real bacon, but i told him how well it was rated on this site and convinced him to try it. he took his BLT into the dining room and a few minutes later came back with a clean plate asking for more! SUCCESS!!!! my 13 year old son ate two before i told him they were made with tofu. he was shocked! later, caught hubby eating the leftover "bacon" right out of the pan. The only thing i did different was use half of the liquid smoke that the recipe calls for. Thanks so much for posting!


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