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TLT: Tempeh Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich -

Sweet & Smoky Sliced Tempeh

  • Author: Brittany at
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 strips 1x
  • Category: Marinade
  • Cuisine: Vegan


A sweet + smoky marinade for sliced tempeh or tofu. Marinate overnight for best flavour.


  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2-1 tsp liquid smoke
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 8 strips tempeh
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan butter, canola, or olive oil


  1. Combine soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic, melted vegan butter, liquid smoke, and black pepper in a shallow dish.
  2. Add tempeh strips and ensure they're well coated with marinade. Refrigerate overnight. Do not shake, flip gently with tongs if needed.
  3. To cook: Preheat skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 tbsp vegan butter or oil and fry tempeh (plus remaining marinade) until crisp and browned to your liking.