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Vegetarian Substitutes for Bacon: 16 of Our Favorite Recipes

Vegetarian Substitutes for Bacon: 16 of Our Favorite Recipes

One of the most common things I hear omnivores say when I tell them I’m a vegetarian is, “Oh I could never give up bacon.

What they don’t know is that there are a plethora of incredible vegetarian substitutes for bacon! Eggplant, coconut, tofu, tempeh…with the right seasonings and preparation you can easily imitate the savory flavor and crispy texture.

We put together a list of 16 of our favorite recipes featuring a variety of types of vegetarian bacon to prove that you don’t have to sacrifice taste!

Vegan BLT with Eggplant Bacon Recipe
The Best Vegan BLT (with Eggplant Bacon!) // Thinly sliced eggplant and a few key seasonings make this one unforgettable vegan BLT.

Easy Tempeh Bacon Bits
Easy Tempeh Bacon Bits // Crumbled tempeh cooked on the stovetop gives these bacon bits from Making Thyme for Health a delicious crispy texture.

Vegetarian Cobb Salad
Vegetarian Cobb Salad // This meatless cobb salad features crispy bacon flavored chickpeas for a punch of plant-based protein and flavor.

Buffalo Butternut Mac with Tofu Bacon // This creamy vegan macaroni and cheese topped with cubed bacon flavored tofu from Connoisseurus Veg is both healthy and comforting.

Strawberry Salad with Coconut Bacon
Strawberry Salad with Coconut Bacon & Black Pepper Vinaigrette // Flaked coconut bacon pairs with sweet strawberries and a fresh black pepper vinaigrette in this swoon-worthy summer salad.

Savory Oatmeal with Tempeh Bacon
Savory Oatmeal with Tempeh Bacon // A unique spin on oatmeal, this savory version from Emilie Eats features leafy greens and savory tempeh bacon.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Coconut Bacon
Vegetarian Broccoli Salad with Coconut Bacon // Getting your greens has never tasted better thanks to this creamy broccoli salad with savory coconut bacon.

Easy Tofu Bacon // Just a few simple ingredients gives this tofu bacon from Eat Within Your Means a delightful crispy texture that’s packed with flavor.

Vegan Baked Potato Skins
Vegan Baked Potato Skins // These cheesy baked potato skins from Emilie Eats are perfect to serve for a party or movie night.

White Garlic Cashew Cream Pizza with Dijon Brussels and Crispy Shiitake Bacon
White Garlic Cashew Cream Pizza with Dijon Brussels and Shiitake Bacon // Shiitake mushrooms give this pizza from Making Thyme for Health delicious umami flavor that will please all palates.

Vegan Pierogi with Coconut Bacon
Vegan Pierogi with Coconut Bacon // If you’re aiming to make a meal that will leave a lasting impression, these vegan pierogis from Lazy Cat Kitchen are sure to do the trick.

Chocolate Coconut Bacon Doughnuts Recipe
Chocolate Coconut Bacon Doughnuts // The sweet and salty combo in these chocolate bacon doughnuts is sure to leave you coming back for more.

Creamy Dill Vegan Potato Salad
Creamy Dill Vegan Potato Salad with Tempeh Bacon Bits // Potato chunks are served with an herby cashew cream sauce in this flavorful potato salad from Connoisseurus Veg.

Pasta Carbonara with Roasted Butternut Squash

Pasta Carbonara with Roasted Butternut Squash // This decadent pasta pairs vegan bacon, butternut squash and sage.

Vegan Maple Bacon Doughnuts
Vegan Maple Bacon Doughnuts // Everyone will drool over these maple glazed doughnuts topped with coconut bacon from My Darling Vegan.

How to Make (Almost) Anything Into Vegan Bacon
How to Make (Almost) Anything Into Vegan Bacon // Just in case there’s anything we didn’t cover, here’s a simple guide on how to make almost anything taste like bacon.


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  • Reply
    Deryn | Running on Real Food
    August 8, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Yes!! Thanks so much for this round-up..I love the salty, crispy texture and flavour veggie bacon subs add to recipes. I’ve tried tofu bacon, eggplant bacon and coconut bacon. Can’t wait to check out the rest of these – especially those donuts! Thanks, guys. 🙂

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    James Tiernan
    August 12, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Except this isn’t a list of substitutes for bacons it’s a list of recipes that include substitutes for bacon, most of which are store-bought. Super disappointing, I was looking forward to bookmarking recipes that actually showed how to make bacon substitutes.

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    February 3, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    How, thank you ! I am a cooking show right now, Roasted Brussels sprouts Pancetta and balsamic vinegar. I will try your suggestions above .
    LOL I’m shocked with the persons comment above . I guess they think you can make bacon ( not bacon ) yikes ! LOL I appreciate your ideas! Thanks

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