Rating: 4.29 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This marinated smoked tofu fries up into crisp veggie bacon! Freezing the tofu and thawing helps to improve the texture, and makes it easier to slice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice the thawed tofu into very thin slices (like bacon). In a medium bowl, stir together the yeast, water, maple syrup, liquid smoke, soy sauce, onion powder and garlic powder. Place the tofu strips into the bowl to marinate for at least 10 minutes.

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  • Heat butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Quickly fry tofu strips until crisp, turning once, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and serve immediately.

Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

174 calories; protein 12.2g; carbohydrates 11.8g; fat 8g; cholesterol 15.3mg; sodium 311.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2011
This is really good as a tofu breakfast meat, but it honestly doesn't satisfy my craving for real bacon. I would recommend doubling the marinade, and marinating it overnight. When I tried frying it, the sauce went all sticky and messy and the pieces fell apart. The second time I baked them at 375 for 15 minutes on each side, and liberally sprayed the tofu sides with pam. Turned out crispy and meaty the second time around in the oven. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2008
Desperation inspires all sorts of creativity! As is, this is good and tasty marinated tofu. This is going to sound strange, but do yourself a favor and make this one a little fatter (just a little!). Once you have sliced the tofu (and buy firm so that you can get it into very small slices - dry out the pieces on a clean kitchen towel for about an hour, flipping once. (Do the evening before if you prefer, then wrap and store in fridge). Next lay tofu in single layer on jelly roll pan - or any pan with sides. Brush each piece with vegetable oil, then flip the pieces over and do the same on the other side, using about 1/2 cup oil, in all. I have also used Earth Balance vegetable shortening for this step by brushing it, softened, onto each tofu piece. (Earth Balance is an all-natural, non-hydrogenated form of vegetable shortening). Let the tofu pieces soak up the fat, then continue with the other steps. For Fakin Bacon salad crumbles, bake in the oven until tofu is hard, but not yet all the way dry (about 40 minutes to 1 hour on moderate, 300 degree heat). Remove from oven and let set out for an hour. Once cool, crumble with a fork into bits and sprinkle on salad. Very good with a nice meatless Cobb salad (with avocado, radish, onion, yeast or soy cheese, etc.), and with eggs, nuts, and cheese (if your an ovo-lacto vegetarian). Read More
(33)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2008
Desperation inspires all sorts of creativity! As is, this is good and tasty marinated tofu. This is going to sound strange, but do yourself a favor and make this one a little fatter (just a little!). Once you have sliced the tofu (and buy firm so that you can get it into very small slices - dry out the pieces on a clean kitchen towel for about an hour, flipping once. (Do the evening before if you prefer, then wrap and store in fridge). Next lay tofu in single layer on jelly roll pan - or any pan with sides. Brush each piece with vegetable oil, then flip the pieces over and do the same on the other side, using about 1/2 cup oil, in all. I have also used Earth Balance vegetable shortening for this step by brushing it, softened, onto each tofu piece. (Earth Balance is an all-natural, non-hydrogenated form of vegetable shortening). Let the tofu pieces soak up the fat, then continue with the other steps. For Fakin Bacon salad crumbles, bake in the oven until tofu is hard, but not yet all the way dry (about 40 minutes to 1 hour on moderate, 300 degree heat). Remove from oven and let set out for an hour. Once cool, crumble with a fork into bits and sprinkle on salad. Very good with a nice meatless Cobb salad (with avocado, radish, onion, yeast or soy cheese, etc.), and with eggs, nuts, and cheese (if your an ovo-lacto vegetarian). Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2011
This is really good as a tofu breakfast meat, but it honestly doesn't satisfy my craving for real bacon. I would recommend doubling the marinade, and marinating it overnight. When I tried frying it, the sauce went all sticky and messy and the pieces fell apart. The second time I baked them at 375 for 15 minutes on each side, and liberally sprayed the tofu sides with pam. Turned out crispy and meaty the second time around in the oven. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2006
WOW! This stuff is great, I’ve been a vegetarian going on seven years and have been looking for a good side dish for an omelet. The maple syrup caramelizes to give a crispy texture (I added a little more than the recipe called for) and the liquid smoked gave it kind of a bacon flavor. Even my decidedly carnivorous boyfriend wolfed it down. Read More
(21)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2011
Delicious! I don't really know if it actually tastes like bacon because I haven't had it in a while (my roommate said it tastes more like sausage). I made this to go on a salad and it went really well. I think it would also be good as a protein base for a sandwich. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2010
all in all not bad. Obviously nothing's going to be EXACTLY like bacon but if you go in knowing that you are going to come out with a delicious sandwich "meat" for a blt or for a scramble. Very good overall. I love the salty smokey maple flavor and it made our home smell like we were cooking bacon! Also it's nice not to be a total slave to the processed frozen expensive meat substitutes that are sold at the market. I will make again - maybe tonight! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
05/24/2007
Eh. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2008
It did not resemble bacon in any way but was good nonetheless. I used fresh regular extra firm tofu cause I couldn't find frozen smoked and sorghum instead of maple syrup which is too sweet. Also thought the name of the recipe quite cute but I don't get why vegetarians try to "pretend" to be meat-eaters or look for substitutes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2005
interesting in its own rite but not a replacment for bacon Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
These were delicious. My vegan boyfriend is a big skeptic of tofu that's "pretending" to be meat but he was surprised by how good it was. I used Wildwood tofu which is super firm and comes in a vacuum sealed package rather than a box and it was perfect for it! Next time I'll have to try it with the liquid smoke. I also think I'll up the saltiness and decrease the sweet to make it more how I like bacon. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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