Tempeh Bacon Marinade – Quick & Yummy

Tempeh Bacon Marinade | HappyGut.ca

This tempeh bacon marinade was da bomb! (Is that still a cool thing to say? I don’t know, I feel old all of a sudden :S). I’ve never been a huge fan fake bacon (probably because I’ve never been a fan or real bacon) so I never did care much. BUT, Irfan (my partner in crime and life) loves it and so I made it. Sigh, the things we do for our partners in crime….. 😉

I used the tempeh bacon marinade to make a tempeh bacon salad, but you could use it for whatever your heart desires. Go nuts, and let me know how it goes 🙂

Serves 2-4

Ingredients for Tempeh Bacon Marinade

  • 1 block tempeh
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions for Tempeh Bacon Marinade

  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well
  2. Slice tempeh thinly
  3. Add tempeh into the marinade and let sit for at least 2 hours, or up to a few days in the fridge (I usually marinade it over night).

To Serve Directions

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add tempeh slices to the pan and cook, flipping to brown both sides, until  crispy.
    or to bake, preheat oven to 350, place tempeh on baking sheet and bake until browned and starting to crisp, about 15 minutes.I’ve also included my ingredients for the salad and dressing I used with the tempeh bacon marinade recipe.

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts
  • 1 tbsp raisons (and any other toppings you wish)
  • 2 tbsp dressing (see below)
  • 3-6 slices cooked Tempeh Bacon (see below)
  • 4 tbsp soft goat cheese

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp tamari
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp  mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup olive oil


1. In a blender, puree all ingredients except oils
2. With blender running, slowly add oil

Adapted from Fresh Cookbook


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