Foodie Friday: Tofu Bacon

Foodie Friday: Tofu Bacon

Happy Friday! I am looking forward to a hopefully pretty restful weekend. I’m sure I’ll be going through my things and packing for our move, but at least I will be home! Most vegan bacon alternatives call for an ingredient called liquid smoke. After doing some more reading up on it, I didn’t feel comfortable eating it while pregnant. So, today’s Tofu Bacon is a great alternative for those who do not want to use liquid smoke or do not wish to buy it! Hope you’ll try it out meat eater or not!

Tofu Bacon (V+GF)


  • 1 Block extra firm tofu cut thinly 
  • 1/4 cup Tamari
  • 1/3 cup Smoky BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon water


  • Drain tofu and press with paper towel to dry as much as possible.
  • Cut as thinly as you can. The thinner you cut the tofu the quicker they will brown.
  • Place tofu in a large bowl and prepare marinade.
  • Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a small mixing bowl and pour over tofu. Move slices around to be sure all tofu is fully coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You could do it longer if you prep ahead! 

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat. Cook tofu in single layer in a frying pan. Cook until browned and crispy, about 5-7 minutes per side.

  • If you like extra crispy bacon, finish tofu under a broiler for 10 minutes after pan frying.
  • I served mine on toasted gluten free bread with vegan mayo, lettuce, and tomato for a vegan and gluten free BLT! 

I hope that you have a lovely weekend whether it be relaxing, busy, or a mixture! Until Monday, happy tofu frying!

Ever tried liquid smoke? Favorite sandwich?

Tell me in the comments below!

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31 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Tofu Bacon

    • Thanks, Sarah! It was such a satisfying sandwich! If they want they could sub 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke for the BBQ sauce too.

  1. Mmmmm this would be sooooo good in a sandwich. I love liquid smoke, but I’m so glad you found an alternative so you can still get all the smokey goodness while pregnant!

    • I’ll definitely swap out the BBQ sauce for liquid smoke once I’m not pregnant..I love the flavor it gives. The BBQ sauce was really good though too! If you want to swap it I’d use like 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke instead of BBQ sauce.

  2. This is SO cool Heather; I’ve never heard of tofu bacon; I’d heard of coconut bacon, but this was a genius idea! We usually use liquid smoke in a bbq sauce we make for meatballs; I didn’t know it could possibly not be good for ladies who are pregnant.

    • Thanks, Emily! Liquid smoke has a lot of mixed reviews in regards to it being safe during pregnancy. I decided just to avoid it for now. I’d definitely eat it again once the baby is no longer in womb haha. You could use 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke instead of the BBQ sauce for this recipe too!

  3. I absolutely LOVE liquid smoke! I use it in a lot of meatier plant based meals. It adds a depth of richness I wish I knew about sooner! I enjoy tempeh bacon but also have tried making bacon out of mushrooms and that was delicious. I’m saving this recipe though, the marinade sounds like it would be great on most anything.

    • This marinade would be great for so many different things! I definitely LOVE liquid smoke too I just felt a little weird about it during pregnancy so the BBQ sauce is giving me the smoke I’m craving for now! Mushroom bacon is also delicious!

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