Tofu Bacon | Yup, it's Vegan

Smoky Tofu Bacon

Thinly sliced tofu is dipped in a smoky marinade and baked until chewy to make a tofu "bacon" that's great for sandwiches and cooking.

Course basics, Breakfast, sides
Cuisine dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword tofu bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Total Yield 16 pieces
Calories Per Serving 22 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan



  1. Drain the tofu. If not using vacuum packed super-firm tofu, wrap it in a clean towel and stack a heavy object (like a cast iron pan) on top of it to press out excess liquid. (Or, use a tofu press if you've got one). Leave the tofu to press while you measure out the other ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a metal rack on top of a baking sheet and lightly grease it. (If desired, put a piece of parchment on the baking sheet to catch drips, for easy cleanup).

  3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

  4. Cut the tofu into thin strips, approximately 1/8 inch thick. Take each tofu slice and dip it fully into the marinade, then place it on the prepared baking rack. Repeat until all of the tofu slices are dipped, spacing them out evenly on the rack. Set aside the excess marinade.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Gently flip over each piece of tofu. Brush or dab the tops of each tofu piece with some of the remaining marinade. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until browning around the edges and starting to take on a firm texture - it can burn quickly so keep a close eye on it. Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

SMOKED TOFU: If you can get your hands on some smoked tofu, then by all means use it. It's super amazing in this recipe!

CRISPY/CHEWY: If you want your tofu bacon to have a little more crisp around the edges versus a uniform chewiness, slice your tofu thinner and shorten the oven time a little bit since it will be more likely to burn this way.

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Tofu Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.