Vegan bacon

Because bacon doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, come from an animal.

Published: December 2014
Last Update: September 2022

Reading Time: 16 minutes

Good news, plant bacon exists

Everyone is obsessed with bacon. Its smoky and salty flavor combined with that oh-so-satisfying crunch is delicious; no wonder it's beloved by people everywhere.

You might think you must give up bacon when going vegan, but that isn't true. Living vegan doesn't mean you have to give up the flavors you've grown to love. There are plenty of plant-based options, and this guide introduces you to them.

First, it's time to go shopping. There's a brand guide to help point you in the right direction once you get to the store.

Next, you'll find vegan bacon recipes to try.

Let's dig in.

1. Basics

If you're new to plant bacon, start here.

It's made from various foods

Vegan, plant-based bacon comes from many different foods. From tofu to seitan to rice paper, you have plenty of options.

Trust me; it tastes much better than it sounds.

What does it taste like?

While flavors and textures differ wildly from preparation to preparation, plant bacon tastes like you'd expect it to.

You'll taste smokiness, sweetness, and salty flavors wrapped up in a perfectly crunchy package.

Grocery carts at the market / Source

2. Shopping guide

Here’s what you need to know before you head to the store.

Find vegan bacon in stores

Not long ago, you could only find vegan versions of bacon in select grocery stores. Thankfully, today it’s widely available in a variety of flavors.

You’ll spot these vegan brands alongside other plant-based meats in the refrigerated section, often near the tofu. Sometimes, you'll spot them in the freezer section near other meat-free options.

Vegan bacons brands

Bacon-flavored vegan foods

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3. Vegan bacon recipes

Ready for cooking inspiration? These recipes will surely satisfy you.

Tempeh bacon recipes

  1. Tempeh Bacon
    Elephantastic Vegan
  1. Air Fryer Tempeh Bacon
    The Vegan Larder
  1. Smoky, Sweet Tempeh Bacon
    Watch. Learn. Eat.
  1. Smoky Baked Tempeh Bacon
    Nora Cooks
  1. Smoked Tempeh Bacon
    Eat Plant-Based
  1. Tempeh "Facon" Bacon
    Healthy. Happy. Life

Seitan bacon recipes

  1. Smoky Setian Bacon
    Simple Vegan Blog
  1. Smoky Vegan Seitan Bacon
    My Plantiful Cooking
  1. Salty & Sweet Seitan Bacon
    Loving It Vegan
  1. Streaky Bacon
    Avant-Garde Vegan
  1. Maple Seitan Bacon
    Sunnyside Hanne

Tofu bacon recipes

  1. Vegan Tofu Bacon
    Vegan on Board
  1. Smoked Tofu Bacon
    Fly Me to the Vegan Buffet
  1. Baked or Fried Tofu Bacon
    The Cheeky Chickpea
  1. Smoky Tofu Bacon
    Yup, It’s Vegan
  1. Vegan Tofu Bacon
    Veganosity
  1. Easy Tofu Bacon
    Nora Cooks

Mushroom bacon recipes

  1. Shiitake Mushroom Bacon
    Olives for Dinner
  1. Portobello Mushroom Bacon
    Vegan Heaven
  1. Easy Mushroom Bacon
    Veggies Don't Bite
  1. Crispy Mushroom Bacon
    Minimalist Baker
  1. Mushroom Bacon
    The Hidden Veggies
  1. Vegan Portobello Mushroom Bacon
    Veganosity

Vegetable bacon recipes

  1. Carrot Bacon
    Our Plant-Based World
  1. Eggplant Bacon
    Strength & Sunshine
  1. Crispy Eggplant Bacon
    Minimalist Baker
  1. Smoky Carrot Bacon
    My Quiet Kitchen
  1. Carrot Bacon
    Health My Lifestyle
  1. Maple Beet Bacon
    Vegan Start

Coconut bacon recipes

  1. Coconut Bacon
    Connoisseurus Veg
  1. Quick & Easy Coconut Bacon
    The Simple Veganista
  1. Easy Coconut Bacon
    Minimalist Bacon
  1. Smoky Coconut Bacon
    Strength & Sunshine
  1. Coconut Bacon (Raw or Baked)
    The Full Helping
  1. Coconut Bacon
    Running on Real Food

Rice paper bacon recipes

  1. Rice Paper Bacon
    Vegan Huggs
  1. Easy Rice Paper Bacon
    Plant-Powered Couple
  1. Rice Paper Bacon
    The Hidden Veggies
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