Inexpensive Tofu Bacon
Servings Prep Time
20slices 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
20slices 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 10minutes
  1. Open and drain the tofu.
  2. Slice the tofu in half “hamburger style” rather than “hot dog style.”
  3. Press the tofu. Make the marinade while it is pressing. [I press mine by stacking things in this order: (from counter up) a plate, the tofu, a clean cutting board, and a full basket of fruit. Then I wait, draining the juices as the plate fills up. I also make sure the stack doesn’t lean. (For this recipe, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PRESS YOUR TOFU AND DO IT CORRECTLY. If you do not press it you will have soggy bacon. If the pressure is not uniform the tofu will split and fall apart, making it easy to overcook.)]
  4. To start the marinade, measure the sugar out into a large, microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl.
  5. Add the soy sauce to the measuring cup and stir.
  6. Microwave the mixture until the sugar is all or mostly dissolved.
  7. Pour the sugary soy sauce solution into a baker’s half sheet* or another wide, shallow-sided container. The tofu will be marinading wide side down which means it requires a lot of surface area.
  8. To the marinade, add the chili powder, ACV, tomato paste, oil, and paprika. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Slice the tofu very thinly: 1/8 inch or slightly thicker. You can vary the lengths of the slices for different uses.
  10. Lay the slices down in a single layer in the marinade.
  11. Marinate each side for five minutes**.
  12. In a large pan, put a thin layer of the canola oil and warm it.
  13. Using a pair of scalloped tongs***, place a few slices of tofu in the pan. Be careful not to crowd them. Replenish the oil when it runs low.
  14. With the heat on medium, fry each side of the tofu to your preference. In the dark days when I ate pig bacon I liked it crispy, so when I make tofu bacon I fry it until the edges are brown.
  15. Repeat the previous two steps for each tofu slice.
  16. Drain on a plate with a washcloth.
  17. Serve in a breakfast sandwich, BLT, etc.
Recipe Notes

*I love my Nordic Ware.

**I haven’t noticed a longer marinade tasting any better; the tofu’s pores fill up quickly after its been pressed.

***My amazing tongs.