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Vegan Bacon Recipe

Updated: Jan 7

Bacon is one of the most sought-after foods in the entire world. Although it is not the healthiest food you could be eating, it certainly is one of the most delicious.

Prep Time: 20 hours Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 6 Servings Level: Beginning

I was not a big fan of bacon at first because I am not a meat-loving person, but I see most of my friends eating and loving bacon along with many all-day breakfast cafes serving bacon. You can find bacon next to a fried egg for breakfast or in a fancy appetizer Bacon Green Bean Bundles.

Since I started my plant-based cooking journey, I realized that bacon alternatives are limited for Vegans and fail to live up to the standards that bacon lovers have come to expect. Trying to find a healthy version and very close to the original one, I discovered eggplant bacon.

How could eggplant turn into such goodness?

All my friends who are regular bacon lovers, simply love my eggplant bacon and you are not going to believe how this vegetable can taste just like meat with only a few steps. Luckily, I have found one of the best plant-based bacon recipes, and it makes a great addition to most breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals.

Eggplant bacon is such a simple and delicious recipe to make, and it’s perfect for adding alongside your breakfast or inside a sandwich for lunch! This vegan bacon recipe is packed with sweet, smoky, and salty flavours very similar to the bacon you know and love at home!




  • 1 Eggplant

  • ½ cup Olive Oil

  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder

  • 1 tsp Cumin

  • 1 tbsp Dry Thyme

  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove

  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

  • 1/ 2 tsp Salt


Step1: Add all the ingredients, except your eggplant, into a bowl and mix until everything is well incorporated.

Step 2: Cut your eggplant into quarters lengthwise, then thinly slice into long strips resembling bacon (about 1/8 inch thick)

Step 3: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, brush your eggplant slices with your sauce. You want the slices to be evenly coated on both sides. Place eggplant slices on the baking sheet, leaving a little room between the pieces.

Step 4: Place your eggplant bacon in the oven for 20 minutes. When done, flip each piece and bake for another 10 minutes. Baking times can vary depending on the power of your oven. So, I always advise keeping an eye on your eggplant bacon so that it doesn’t burn.

If you make this vegan pumpkin bread, please snap a photo and tag @andreea.plantbasedchef on Instagram! I would love it if you would leave a comment below.
Thanks so much!

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