This easy vegan mushroom bacon is the answer to bringing amazing flavor to all your meals. Add it to just about anything!
While this isn't the real thing, this plant-based version of a bacon alternative is bursting with flavor! I love how easy and versatile it is.
Vegan bacon goes with so many different recipes, from pizzas, to sandwiches, to salads and more! Heck, even eat it as a snack and dip it in vegan ranch dressing! You're bound to make your whole family happy with this mouthwatering addition to any meal.
In order to create this flavorful and perfectly salty recipe you'll need the following:
- Maple syrup
- Liquid smoke
- Sea salt
How To Make Mushroom Bacon
Vegan bacon is easier to make than you may think, here's what to do:
- Slice and season the mushrooms.
- Arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Use it on anything you want!
If you can resist snacking on this mushroom bacon all by itself, try adding it to:
- Pizza or a pizza burrito
- Vegan Carbonara
- Potato salad
- Italian pasta salad
- Grilled romaine salad
- Vegan chili mac
- Burgers like this vegan BBQ burger
- Savory breakfast oatmeal
- Or serve as a side dish with vegan french toast!
Tips and tricks
The simplicity of this recipe is one of my favorite parts! As easy as it is, these helpful hints should help achieve mushroom bacon perfection!
- Baking time will vary depending on your oven and how thick the slices are. Make sure to check them every 5 minutes after flipping to make sure they don't overcook!
- If you like your vegan bacon on the crispier side, cook the mushrooms longer until you reach your desired level of crunch!
- Everyone likes different amounts of salt, start with just one teaspoon and you can add more to taste.
- Clean your mushrooms by wiping them with a damp cloth. You don't want to rinse or soak them, as they absorb moisture and you want them nice and dry!
- Store your cooked vegan bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can reheat in the microwave, in a pan on the stovetop, or in the oven.
- Freezing is not recommended for this recipe as it will change the texture quite noticeably.
It's as simple as marinating and baking!
I like using portobello mushrooms for their size and texture, but any mushroom will work as well.
While everyone's definition of healthy is different, if were talking about saturated fat, then it's definitely healthier than standard bacon! Mushrooms are filled with nutrients, and because we're not frying them we're avoiding even more of the fat standard bacon has.
More Vegan Mushroom Recipes
Mushrooms are so incredibly versatile! They make so many wonderful recipes, like these:
- Shredded Mushroom Vegan Carnitas
- Mushroom Lettuce Wraps
- Portobello Mushroom Burgers
- Mushroom Stew
- Pulled "Pork" Mushroom Sandwich
- Orzo Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas
Easy Vegan Mushroom Bacon
- 1 Portobello mushroom , see note
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1-1 ½ teaspoons sea salt , start with 1 and taste to see if you want more
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 175 C
- Slice the mushroom into thin slices, no thicker than ¼ inch thick, and place them on a plate or wide container.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Coat the mushroom slices with the mixture on both sides.
- Lay them out on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the slices over. Bake for another 10-20 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them. Make sure to start checking them every 5 minutes after flipping as cook time will vary by oven and how thick the slices are.
- Serve in everything!
- If you want to use another mushroom, use 160 grams of whatever one you are using. I chop up crimini mushrooms for this too and it works great, just watch the bake time.
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Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
What a great idea for those recipes when you want some bacon flavor