Tofu Bacon

IMG_1367 (1024x769)I dined with a friend for lunch last week to a great vegetarian/vegan restaurant, Pure Kitchen, on Richmond Road in Ottawa, for those of you in town.  And if you come and visit me from out of town, I will take you there.  The food is fresh and delicious and I ordered a tasty sandwich, made with ‘tempeh’, seasoned to taste like bacon. Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans and although from the same source as tofu, has a very different texture and flavour.  Personally, I prefer tofu.  So off I go surfing the internet looking for a tofu bacon recipe and this one was a winner.  Easy Tofu Bacon has a smokiness and texture very close to the real thing.  I have taste tested this facon (fake bacon) on bacon eaters and non-bacon eaters with a thumbs up from all.

With a few ingredients and a little time, you can have this facon ready for your next meal.  Mix together the tomato paste, maple syrup, tamari, liquid smoke and water until well blended. Pour into a wide saucepan and bring to a low simmer.

IMG_1360 (896x902)Cut extra firm tofu cross-wise into slices as thin as you can.  No need to get obsessive over this; some of my slices were thicker than others.  I got about 29  slices of out the block of tofu (and a few broken pieces too).

IMG_1361 (1024x491)After 20-25 minutes simmering in the marinade, remove the slices onto baking pan lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.

IMG_1362 (864x646) Place the tofu into a 400 degree F pre-heated oven.  After 10-15 minutes, flip all the pieces over for about 10 minutes and you are done.  Watch carefully as the thinner slices can dry out and burn.

IMG_1364 (1024x707) A simple FLT — facon, lettuce and tomato sandwich is a good choice for lunch.  The rest can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge and warmed up as needed.  Enjoy.IMG_1365 (1024x738) 

Tofu Bacon

  • 350 gram package extra firm tofu (it has to be extra firm)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 cup water
  1. Slice the tofu cross-wise as thin as you can. You should be able to get plenty of slices out of one block.
  2. Simmer the tofu in the marinade for 20-25 minutes over medium low heat.
  3. When you’re ready to cook it, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Lay the tofu slices out in a single layer and put in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Take the out and flip them. Bake for about 10 minutes on the other side. Make sure you keep a close eye on them in the last few minutes because if they are VERY thin they may burn.


One comment

  1. France's harris · · Reply

    Interesting idea

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