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Eggplant Bacon

This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced eggplant! Perfect in your vegetarian breakfast spread, on BLTs, and just generally anytime you’re craving bacon.

Vegan eggplant bacon recipe on purple background - This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced bacon!

When I went vegetarian, there was one craving that would pop up out of the blue, coming at me with full vengeance. I’m talking the bacon cravings. But in this day and age anything is possible, including the meatless bacon! Which is, of course, what we’re whipping up today.

This vegan bacon uses eggplant as the base. Eggplant is super absorbent and great with smoky flavors, so it’s an obvious pick. Then just brush it with a flavorful spice combo and pop it in either the air fryer (for maximum crispiness) or oven! Boom, bacon.

Eggplant on purple background - This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced bacon!

Ingredients for Eggplant Bacon

Unlike many of the vegan bacon recipes out there, we’re making this Eggplant Bacon without liquid smoke. Instead, we rely on the combined flavors of toasted sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, and smoked paprika!

  • Eggplant: The base of our vegan bacon! Cut thin into strips then loaded with flavor.
  • Soy sauce: This adds the salty component (sub tamari for a gluten-free option).
  • Oil: We’ll use a blend of toasted sesame oil, which brings some smoky flavor, and olive oil.
  • Maple syrup: Just a drizzle of sweetness transforms the flavor depth of this eggplant bacon!
  • Lemon juice: Fresh is best here!
  • Worcestershire sauce: This brings major umami into the mix. Be sure to use a plant-based Worcestershire, as the traditional sauce has anchovies (I love this one)
  • Spices: Finally, a blend of spices like smoked paprika and cumin!
Vegan eggplant bacon recipe on purple background - This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced bacon!

How to vegan-ize your bacon

Step 1 – Slice bacon: Slice your eggplant pretty thin (about 1/8 of an inch). I use a mandolin slicer to make this easier!

Step 2 – Flavor it up: Stir together your favor makers and brush them onto the eggplant slices.

Step 3 – Cook: You’ve got two options here. You can airfry (my preferred method because it makes them extra crisp) or oven bake.

Vegan eggplant bacon recipe on in air fryer - This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced bacon!

I think you’re going to love this plant-based bacon! Serve it with these Vegan Breakfast Tacos, or with a big stack of Paleo Banana Pancakes!

Vegan eggplant bacon recipe on purple background - This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced bacon!

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Vegan eggplant bacon recipe on purple background - This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced bacon!

Eggplant Bacon Recipe

This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced eggplant!
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Course: Breakfasts, Side Dishes
Keyword: eggplant bacon, vegan bacon, vegetarian bacon
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Time: 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce 30 mL, or tamari for GF option
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil 15 mL
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 5 mL
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 mL
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, black pepper, and cumin
  • 1/4 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Prep: Preheat air fryer or oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Cut eggplant into quarters lengthwise, then thinly slice into long strips resembling bacon (about 1/8 inch thick, a mandolin slicer makes this easier).
  • Flavor: In a small bowl, stir to combine all remaining ingredients. Liberally brush onto both sides of eggplant slices.
  • Cook: If air frying, place bacon in a single layer in your air frying pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until dry and browned. If baking, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until dry and browned.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 4.7g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. That looks like real bacon. I need to try it.

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes you do! 😀

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