Yes, I’m nearly a vegan. But I’m also human and I miss bacon sometimes. Luckily, I’m perfectly happy with a couple facon bacon recipes I’ve found on the internet! When I started my lectin-free diet, I decided I needed to quickly come up with a recipe for tempeh bacon that fit so I wouldn’t miss out on that familiar taste.
I based this recipe on my favorite tempeh bacon recipe, which is from kblog.lunchboxbunch.com. I love to use Tempeh Tantrum, which is a local brand that I buy from Lakewinds Co-Op. It’s super fresh and doesn’t contain grains like a lot of the ones from bigger retailers.
You can eat this easy, quick tempeh bacon as a side to your sweet potato hash, or on a vegan BLT for lunch or dinner! It’s excellent for both. It won’t taste exactly like the tempeh bacon you might be used to because the tamari and maple syrup are missing, but this does the job for me since I know I’ll feel better for skipping those ingredients. If you want a classic tempeh bacon, I highly recommend the link above for the original recipe!
How to Make Lectin-Free Tempeh Bacon
- 8 oz. grain-free tempeh, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- 5 drops liquid stevia (Sweet Drops)
- ¼ tsp liquid smoke*
- Pinch cayenne, optional
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- Whisk all ingredients, except tempeh and coconut oil, in a shallow dish.
- Add tempeh slices and flip to coat. Allow to marinate 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare a pan by heating to medium-high and adding 1 tbsp. coconut oil.
- After 5 minutes of marinating, turn the heat down to medium and add the tempeh slices. Make sure not to crowd the pan, you can do it in a few batches, if necessary.
- Cook for 2-4 minutes, flipping occasionally, to brown on both sides. Add coconut oil to the pan if needed. If there's extra marinade in the pan, turn the heat to medium-low toward the end of the cook time and spoon the extra marinade on top of the slices while they cook. Be careful as the liquid may splatter and it will be hot!
Looking for those other stellar vegan bacon recipes on the internet? They’re not lectin-free, but could maybe be made so with a few changes. They’re delicious and I can’t get enough! Both are excellent on salads and on top of roasted veggies and they help my husband eat a lot more vegetables.