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Vegan home made bacon

Surely the title of this recipe is "contradictory" and will surely make a lot of people angry as well, but you know what? This vegan bacon is so good and versatile that I really don't care about any of the above issues. I even thought of an alternative name: VACON! What do you think?

The recipe is inspired by one from Vegnarok, an amazing creator who makes many beautiful vegan recipes. If you are skepticalə, don't worry! I too was slightly skeptical about trying this recipe at first but was positively amazed. You can't imagine how good this bacon is in my veg carbonara!

The recipe is very simple and requires some simple ingredients that can usually be found in any supermarket. The only ingredient that might be hard to find is "liquid smoke" (or liquid smoke). Of course you may be able to omit this ingredient but if you have the chance I recommend including it. It makes a big difference in taste!

Here are the steps you will need to perform for your vegan bacon

In this section I show you the different steps you will need to perform to make your own vegan bacon. Ready, set, go!

Start preparing the red part by putting 150g of starch and 300g of water. Add the soy sauce, red wine, liquid smoke, tomato paste, smoked paprika and salt. Mix with the help of a whisk.

Prepare the white part by adding vegetable broth and agave syrup to the water and cornstarch.

Take a high-sided baking sheet and sprinkle with oil, helping yourself with a brush.
Then put a little less than half of the white part in the baking dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 170° for 7 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and perform the same process with the red side. Place in the oven and bake for another 7 minutes. Then do the same with the white part (keep a small part of the white part aside for the surface).

Cook for the last 7 minutes with the white part and a sprinkle of pepper. Let cool in the baking dish. Once cooled, remove the bacon and cut as desired.

Cook your veg bacon just like "regular" bacon in a pan with plenty of oil

How to use veg bacon

This vegan bacon is very versatile and can be used in any recipe that requires bacon as an ingredient. Carbonara, Amatriciana, bacon, bao buns, pies... the options are endless!

In case you want to use the bacon in a sauce, I recommend cooking it separately, letting it get nice and crispy, and adding it to the sauce when you serve.

Here are some of my recipes where you can use this wonderful bacon:

  • In a nonstick skillet, melt some vegetable butter. Once melted squeeze in some garlic and let it brown for a few moments. Then add all your rolls and brown for another 5-7 minutes on both sides. vegan carbonara
  • As topping for a vegan radicchio risotto
  • Within a vegan bean burger

How to store vegan bacon

This recipe for vegan bacon is also among my favorites because of the shelf life. Since you will be using a baking sheet, it is very likely that you will get a large amount of bacon. But don't worry, storing it is very easy!

Storage in the refrigerator: you can keep your vegan bacon in a tupperware for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Freezer storage: You can also freeze your veg bacon, just place it in a container or freezer bag. You can freeze it either already diced or still whole. I prefer to freeze it whole.

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Vegan bacon

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Brunch, Lunch, Lunch, First, Snack
Cuisine: vegan
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: baked, vegan meat, vegan
Servings: 900 grams of bacon
Author: LuvveLovesFood
Cost: low


  • 150×2 g 150gx2 or 10.58 oz Cornstarch (total 300g)
  • 300×2 g/ml Water (600g/ml in total)

For the red part

  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce Or tamari for a gluten free vegan bacon
  • 2 Tbsp red wine
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke (liquid smoke)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the white part

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup


  • Turn the oven on static to 170°C (350°F).
  • Take a large bowl and put cornstarch with water and mix with a whisk until there are no lumps
  • Take a second bowl and put in a little more than half of the liquid mixture. This will be the white part of our vegetable bacon.
  • In the first bowl put all the ingredients for the red part and then mix briefly with a whisk.
  • In the second bowl put the ingredients for the red part.
  • Take a 26x20cm alu baking pan and put a drop of seed oil on it. Spread the oil on the inside and the edges of the pan, helping yourself with a brush.
  • Take the bowl for the white part and pour just under half into the baking dish.
  • Place the pan in the oven for 7 minutes or until you notice the starch mixture has solidified (you will notice an opaque coating)
  • Do the same process with the red part, then white again, then red. Remember to keep a small white part for the surface
  • Put on the last fine layer of the white part and sprinkle with pepper. Bake for another 7 minutes.
  • Let cool completely and then remove from the pan. Your bacon is ready to use!

See you soon 🙂

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