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Whether for breakfast, as bacon bits on a loaded potato, or in a vegan BLT, this delicious vegan bacon really satisfies!
Smoky Fried Tofu Bacon
By Allison Rivers Samson
10 ounces extra-firm vacuum-packed tofu
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon natural smoke liquid (hickory or mesquite) plus 2-3 squirts to finish
2 tablespoons onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon unflavored coconut oil
1. Prep Tofu: Slice the tofu in half length-wise and then cut each half width-wise into paper-thin strips. Set aside.
2. Marinade: In a small bowl, combine nutritional yeast, water, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, tamari, salt, natural smoke liquid, onion, and garlic. Purée in a blender or with an immersion blender.
3. In a shallow container, carefully arrange tofu slices and cover with marinade and freeze for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and thaw at room temperature for about 2 hours. Be careful not to move the delicate tofu around too much, unless you’d prefer bacon bits instead of strips.
3. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add coconut oil. Gently add marinated tofu slices and pan fry for 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Spray with 2-3 squirts of smoke flavor and serve. (Don’t skip this last part. The extra smoke flavor MAKES the bacon!)
4. Serve as desired!
© Recipe by Allison Rivers Samson, Self-care Coach, award-winning vegan chef and author of Quick + Easy DIY Salad Bar, The Dairy-Freedom Cookbook, Comfortably Yum, and Co-Founder of The Dairy Detox.
Photo credit: Hannah Kaminsky
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