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Tofu bacon BLTs

Tofu bacon BLTs - this tofu bacon is SO good! Smoky, spicy, sticky, sweet... and it's easy to make too! Perfect served in a classic BLT sandwich :) Tofu bacon is vegan and gluten-free.

When I tell people I’m vegetarian, their response is often ‘but… how do you live without bacon?’

When I was a kid, I would have agreed that it’s hard to live without the stuff (I guess I didn’t have much else to worry about at that age!) – in fact, bacon was the cause of the mini meat relapse that occurred when I was about 9 or 10. Sausages may also have been involved… it was a moment of weakness.

These days however, having been veggie for about 17 years (am I really that old?), I don’t find myself craving meat. Not even slightly – I can’t even remember what it tastes like, if I’m honest. I see someone eating a steak, and it does absolutely nothing for me – I never judge other people for eating meat, but I definitely don’t envy them either.

All that said… if ‘real’ bacon tastes as good as this tofu bacon tastes, I can kind of see where people are coming from.

This tofu bacon is smoky, sticky, a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet… Even if you don’t approve of the term ‘tofu bacon’, please just try this anyway. Just think of it as crispy marinated tofu, and you’ll be fine. It’s crazy good.

And it’s also really, really easy to make.

How to make tofu bacon - this stuff is SO good! Smoky, spicy, sticky, sweet... and it's easy to make too! Perfect served in a classic BLT sandwich :) PLUS it's vegan and gluten-free!

The marinade is nice and simple, but has so, so, so much flavour. It was genuinely hard to resist slurping it all straight out of the dish. Soy sauce gives a salty savouriness, maple syrup gives a bit of sweetness, chipotle sauce and smoked paprika make it spicy and smoky. It’s great.

In fact, it’s even better after it’s spent a while in a frying pan with the tofu – the sugars caramelise and get lovely and sticky, and the tofu crisps up nicely. Don’t rush it – leave it in the pan for a good while until it’s crisped up. Nobody likes undercooked bacon (apparently).

Tofu bacon BLTs - this tofu bacon is SO good! Smoky, spicy, sticky, sweet... and it's easy to make too! Perfect served in a classic BLT sandwich :) Tofu bacon is vegan and gluten-free.

Of course, you can serve your tofu bacon however you fancy – pop it on a plate alongside a vegetarian full English breakfast, with eggs and toast, in a simple bacon butty… or, my favourite, a classic BLT.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how to make a BLT (it’s kind of in the name), but just in case you’ve forgotten, it’s very simple: (tofu) Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato.

(and maybe a little smear of mustard or mayo if you’re so inclined)

Tofu bacon BLTs - this tofu bacon is SO good! Smoky, spicy, sticky, sweet... and it's easy to make too! Perfect served in a classic BLT sandwich :) Tofu bacon is vegan and gluten-free.

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4.75 from 4 votes

Tofu bacon BLTs

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Light lunch
Servings: 2
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

For the tofu bacon:

  • 200 g firm tofu (enough for 4 thin slices)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chipotle sauce (or similar smoky hot sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil

To assemble the tofu bacon BLTs:

  • 4 slices bread
  • 1 tsp mustard (optional)
  • leaves A few lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, sliced

Instructions

  • Cut the tofu into 4 thin slices. Press the tofu - if you don't have a tofu press, just lay out the slices inside a clean tea towel, and top with something heavy (I usually use a few large saucepans or cookbooks). Leave for at least a few minutes - a bit longer if you have time.
  • In a suitably sized baking dish, combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, chipotle sauce, smoked paprika, and plenty of black pepper. Mix well. When the tofu has been pressed, transfer it to the baking dish, and make sure it's well coated in the marinade. Leave to marinate for a few minutes (again, longer is better if you have more time).
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the marinated tofu. Pour over any leftover marinade. Cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes each side, or until the tofu is firm and crispy.
  • If desired, serve in a tofu bacon BLT sandwich, with mustard, lettuce and tomato.

 

Tofu bacon NI

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for one tofu bacon BLT.

If you have any tofu left over, you should definitely try my red Thai satay tofu:

Red Thai satay tofu

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Afra

Monday 24th of August 2020

I had some leftover smoked tofu and was looking for a no fuss way of using it. WHAT A DISCOVERY! I loved this tofu bacon (and i'm not even vegetarian). Unfortunately I had no chipotle sauce but I think the fact that the tofu was smoked made up for it.

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Thanks Afra! Glad you enjoyed it - sounds like it would be amazing with smoked tofu!

DeAnna

Monday 18th of June 2018

What is chipotle sauce?

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

It's a smoky hot sauce made with chipotle peppers. You can use any other kind of hot sauce you like, or even something similar like BBQ sauce :)

Gail

Monday 4th of June 2018

LOVE this BLT. But if you want the crispiest tofu, coat it with cornstarch first. Fry it then do the rest of your wonderful recipe.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Thanks Gail! I've never found cornstarch made much difference personally, but if it works for you then go for it! :)

Anneka

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

This is so delicious!!! Just so everybody knows, I baked it for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (was already using too many frying pans ;)) and it worked. Thank you!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Good to know, thanks Anneka! :)

Nell

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

A tip: if you want your tofu to be extra thin, use the slats on the side of your cheese grater! Mine came out very thin (two broke in half) so the marinade absorbed all the way through!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Ooh great idea! Thanks!

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