If you haven’t worked with tempeh before, it may seem a little strange. It’s a soybean product (or can include other grains too) that you can usually find in the refrigerated section of grocery store next to the tofu (Lightlife is a brand that many stores carry). Tempeh comes pressed in a long flat block. It has a crumbly texture and somewhat nutty taste. It’s very versatile and will take on any flavors you cook or marinate it in, similar to the way that tofu does. One of the great things about tempeh is that one serving has 16 grams of protein! This tempeh bacon is best marinated for a few hours or even better, overnight. It’s delicious on it’s own, part of a healthy breakfast or on BLT’s (especially with avocado… BLTA’s!) It’s salty and smoky, and full of flavor!
1 pkg tempeh
3 Tblsp soy sauce or tamari
2 Tblsp balsamic glaze (found near balsamic vinegar in grocery store)
1 Tblsp olive oil
1/2 tsp smoked salt (or you can add some liquid smoke)
Cut tempeh in quarters, and each quarter lengthwise into 3 slices (12 total). Use a serrated knife since it’s a little crumbly.
Mix rest of ingredients for marinade
Put tempeh slices in flat pan and cover well with glaze
Marinate a few hours or overnight
Pan-fry slices in a little oil for a few min on each side.
Drain on paper towel and serve.