Vegan Bacon

Vegan Bacon Recipe

By Loving It Vegan

🔪Prep Time: 35 minutes

👩‍🍳Cook Time: 25 minutes


For the Vegan Bacon:

2 cups Vital Wheat Gluten (300g)

1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast (15g)

2 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 cup Vegetable Stock (120ml)

1/4 cup Canola Oil (60ml)

1/4 cup Tamari (60ml)

1/4 cup Maple Syrup (60ml)

2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

For the Marinade:

2 Tbsp Tamari

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

1 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Onion Powder

1/8 tsp Liquid Smoke

For Frying:

Grapeseed Oil


1Add the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, onion powder and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and mix together.

2Then, in a measuring jug, add vegetable stock, canola oil, tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, dijon mustard and tomato paste and whisk together.

3Add the wet ingredients in with the dry and mix in with a spoon until you have a thick dough.

4Move the dough to a wooden cutting board and knead it for 5-8 minutes until it is pretty stiff and firm. 5 minutes is sufficient if you have very strong hands, if you have weaker hands then up to 8 minutes may be needed. Watch for how the dough feels to know when it has been long enough. It should be firm and spring back when stretched. See the blog post for more notes about kneading.

5Form the dough into a square as much as you can, loosely wrap it in foil and steam it for 20 minutes. The water should be boiling before you add the steamer basket so that it steams properly for the full 20 minutes.

6After 20 minutes of steaming unwrap it from the foil and allow to cool completely. When it's cool, use a sharp knife to cut it into even slices.

7Prepare your marinade sauce by adding tamari, maple syrup, smoked paprika, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and liquid smoke to a measuring jug and whisk with a mini whisk until smooth.

8Heat up a frying pan with the grapeseed oil and then add the first batch of bacon slices (we did 5-6 slices at a time) and brush on the marinade sauce. Flip the slices and brush the marinade sauce onto the other side. Flip the bacon slices regularly until charred on each side.

9Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy within about a week. It's also freezer friendly if you want to freeze it, and then thaw overnight in the fridge.

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