Tempeh Bacon Bites

We try to keep a jar of these bacon bites in the fridge at all times, because they’re just so damn versatile! Add them to pasta sauce, salad, pizza, wherever you would add little pieces of bacon.
Make sure you crumble the pieces small enough and bake them for long enough (they shouldn’t be spongy/springy anymore)!
One serving is approximately two tablespoons of bacon bites.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Global
Servings 8
Calories 68 kcal



  • 225 g tempeh

Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • First, let's assemble the ingredients.
  • Combine the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Then, using your fingers, crumble the tempeh into small pieces and add to the bowl.
  • Mix and cover, then marinate in the fridge for an hour or more - the longer you leave it to marinate, the more flavour it will have.
  • When the tempeh has almost finished marinating, preheat your oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper, then spread the tempeh bits over it in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Toss and bake for another 5 minutes, or until crispy.


  • Use to top salads, pizza, pasta or anywhere you’d add usually add bacon bits!
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Keyword wfpb

Photos by Amber Asakura

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