Eggplant Bacon


Sweet 'n smoky bacon eggplant slices baked in crispy little strips. The process is easy... Great to add as a bacon replacement to pretty much everything (BLT, club sandwich, etc). You can break into little pieces and add to a spinach salad, Caesar salad, on baked potatoes, or in soup!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins
4 servings



  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons barbeque sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 4 drops liquid smoke

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 dash cayenne pepper

  • 1 Chinese eggplant, sliced very thinly lengthwise

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Mix soy sauce, barbeque sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, maple syrup, liquid smoke, paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. Add eggplant; turn to coat each slice evenly.

  2. Marinate eggplant in the refrigerator, 6 to 12 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook eggplant slices until browned, about 5 minutes per side.

  5. Arrange eggplant slices on a baking sheet; sprinkle brown sugar on top.

  6. Roast in the preheated oven, checking frequently, until dark brown, 5 to 8 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute ketchup for the barbeque sauce if desired.

Substitute honey for the maple syrup if desired.

If you want crispier slices, turn on the broiler after roasting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 671mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 406mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.