Air Fryer Vegan Tempeh Bacon Using the air fryer creates a chewy bacon-like texture!

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I had the coolest fortunate accident with one of my my favorite small kitchen appliances! I didn’t want to wait to heat up the oven and was determined that my tempeh bacon not just taste like bacon, but actually have the chewy texture as well (not just heated up in the oven), and in just 10 minutes of air-frying they were! My Air Fryer Vegan Tempeh Bacon (say that 10x fast!) recipe will quickly satisfy your craving for salty, chewy bacon! If you’re vegan or vegetarian you can still enjoy a ‘bacon’, lettuce and tomato…don’t forget the avocado!

Don’t miss another ‘Did you know?’ installment at the bottom of this post!

I knew getting the air fryer was a good decision, but, I didn’t know how great the thing would actually work for so many types of food, it’s definitely not just for making fries. If you haven’t gotten an Air Fryer yet, you should! My favorite benefits of cooking in them is they cook food in half the time, they don’t heat up the kitchen, you can reheat left-overs and it’ll make foods crispy without oil…and in this case chewy! I’ve been air-frying my vegan frozen foods as well, and they turn out perfectly every time!

Here’s how to get your tempeh bacon chewy:

Line the air fryer basket with a round piece of parchment paper, just big enough to cover the bottom.

Slice the tempeh thinly. I used half of an 8 oz block of Lightlife Organic with Flax (for a boost of Omega-3, fiber and protein)

Mix the marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl; add the tempeh slices and let sit for 10 minutes, flipping over halfway through.

Place slices in the parchment lined air fryer basket and drizzle half the remaining marinade over the slices. You may have to air-fry in 2 batches depending on the size of your fryer basket.

Slide the basket into the fryer and set temperature to 350° for 10 minutes.

After 5 minutes has elapsed; remove basket, flip slices over and drizzle the remaining marinade. Slide basket back in and the fryer will start up again and continue ‘frying’ for the remaining 5 minutes. Check for chewiness!

Air Fryer Vegan Tempeh Bacon! | www.CherryBlossomKitchen.com

 

Air Fryer Vegan Tempeh Bacon! | www.CherryBlossomKitchen.com

 

Air Fryer Vegan Tempeh Bacon
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Here's the answer to your vegan bacon dreams! Using the air fryer instead of the oven creates a chewy bacon-like texture!
Ingredients
  • 4 oz Tempeh, sliced thin (organic, non-gmo, preferred brand: Lightlife Organic Flax
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free)
  • ½ tablespoon Liquid Smoke
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Line the air fryer basket with a round piece of parchment paper, just big enough to cover the bottom.
  2. Slice the tempeh thinly.
  3. Mix the marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl; add the tempeh slices and let sit for 10 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  4. Place slices in the parchment lined air fryer basket and drizzle half the remaining marinade over the slices.*
  5. Slide the basket into the fryer and set temperature to 350° for 10 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes has elapsed; remove basket, flip slices over and drizzle the remaining marinade. Slide basket back in and the fryer will start up again and continue ‘frying’ for the remaining 5 minutes.
  7. Check for chewiness!
  8. *You may have to air-fry in 2 batches depending on the size of your fryer basket.

 

Air Fryer Vegan Tempeh Bacon! | www.CherryBlossomKitchen.com

For more Tempeh inspiration click here and here!

Check out another installment of my feature “Did you know?” below, where I’m sharing a little nugget of wisdom I’m gleaning from my Holistic Nutritionist Certification studies!

Did you know?: 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (mixed with 4-8 oz of water) 2x a day helps arteries dilate, lowers insulin resistance, helps reduce body weight and belly fat…and back in the day; vinegar with meals was used as a home remedy for diabetes. Interesting!

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