Make crispy, oil free, plant-based bacon without any marinating time using just your food processor and a sheet pan. Slices of savory, sure to please.
- 8 oz. (250 gm.) tofu
- ¼ cup (60 ml) tamari or soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
- Rinse the tofu and press it between two plates or other surfaces with the top surface weighted to help get the moisture out of the tofu. I find it helpful to cut the tofu into quarters before pressing it. Press for 20-30 minutes.
- Once you’ve pressed the tofu, set the oven to preheat at 4000 F (2000 C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Add the tofu, tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, vinegar, onion and garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper to a food processor with a blade and process the ingredients until smooth.
- Turn the tofu onto the baking tray and use a spoon to spread it evenly. Try to spread it to a consistent thickness of ¼ inch (thicker if you want).
- Place the tofu in the center rack of the heated oven and bake until the tofu starts to firm up and brown (about 20 - 25 minutes).
- Once browned, remove the baking tray from the oven (leave the oven on) and place it on the stove or somewhere it won’t burn the surface. Place a fresh sheet of parchment paper over the top of the tray and a cutting board over that. Flip everything over so the board is now at the bottom (use oven mitts if the tray is hot). Remove the board and the top sheet of parchment paper.
- Carefully slice the bacon into strips and gently separate them.
- Slide the bacon on the parchment paper back onto the baking tray. Continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes until it is browned.
- The bacon gets crispier as it cools.
- If you want super-thick tofu bacon, after you spread it thicker, lower the oven temperature to 3750 F (1800 C) and bake it for an additional 10 minutes on the first side. You want to be sure it is firm and brown before slicing and flipping it.
- You can experiment with the seasonings and create your own special brand of smoky bacon or add a bit of fennel or anise to give it pepperoni taste.
- Category: Tips & Techniques
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: plant-based bacon