We call this ‘Bacon Candy’ in our house. For any herbivore missing the sweet, smoky, chewy taste of a good strip of bacon, this recipe is for you. We prefer it with tofu (my kids haven’t quite hopped on board the tempeh train yet), but you could absolutely swap the tofu for tempeh.
We use a pre-smoked tofu for this recipe, but you can just as easily use plain, extra firm tofu and add liquid smoke to the recipe.
Maple Smoked Tofu Bacon
2 tbsp tamari or dark soy sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3-4 drops of liquid smoke** (ONLY if you are using plain extra firm tofu)
1 tbsp olive oil (or vegan butter)
1 210g block pre-smoked tofu (or 350g extra firm regular tofu), sliced into wide strips
1. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, maple syrup and vinegar (and liquid smoke if using). Set aside.
2. In a deep pan, heat oil on medium high heat.
3. Saute tofu slices until brown on each side (about 7-10 min).
4. Add marinade to pan and cook until almost all liquid is gone and tofu strips are sticky and caramelized (about 2-3 minutes).
5. Serve immediately!