• Matt

SLICE IT: Tempeh Lettuce Tomato Sandwich

Updated: Oct 4, 2020


The smell of bacon, thick cut streaky rashers slowly sizzling in the pan somewhere between chewy and crispy invokes childhood weekend mornings. If you asked people to rank their most pleasant smells it would surely be up there with freshly baked bread (or the truffly aroma of a newly fermented batch of tempeh!) Luckily for those looking to cut meat out of their diets, especially processed meats pumped full of nitrates and nitrites, it's tempeh to the rescue again with this recipe that recreates the smell and taste of those childhood bacon sarnies, but is actually good for you.

Golden Tempeh Bacon Slices. We made this recipe a few times and tried slicing it different ways.


200g Pura Tempeh

Thick cut sourdough bread

Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado


1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon smoked paprika OR a few drops of liquid smoke

2 tablespoons of maple syrup - use whatever favorite sweetener you have to hand if you don't have any of this.


1. Combine all the ingredients in the marinade and heat slowly over a low flame until the maple syrup is fully dissolved. Set aside to cool.

2. Cut Tempeh into bacon sized strips and submerge in the cooled marinade. Leave for 1 hour in the fridge

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet, as it starts to smoke turn the heat down to medium low. Remove tempeh from the marinade (it should have taken on a dark soy colour), shake off any excess liquid and place in the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan or the tempeh will stew instead of frying and wont go crispy!

4. Pan fry for 3 minutes on on side, moving the rasher slightly every minute or so to avoid sticking to the pan. Flip and fry for another 2 to 3 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon.

5. Remove from oil and lightly pat dry. The marinade already imparts a fair bit of saltiness to the tempeh so unlike other Tempeh recipes go easy on the post frying salt, if any at all.

6. Toast your bread, slather one side with smashed avocado, layer on the tempeh bacon and tomato, close the lid, grab a cup of tea and head to the couch.

Warning, pets will go absolutely nuts for this bacon and may have to be put outside if you aren't in the business of sharing with your furry family.
Toraちゃん sneaks some pre-marinated tempeh for tasting.

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