One of the best purchases a vegan can make is a tofu press. In the early days of our veganism we used an elaborate mix of pans and tins to get rid of the excess moisture from the block to stop it becoming flaccid and bland when using it in recipes. It definitely worked a treat for making Sweet & Sour Tofu which you can find the recipe for here.
If I had a pound for every time I was told bacon is the reason people couldn’t become vegan I could probably take early retirement! It is one of the most difficult products to find a replacement for in the supermarkets and vegan stores around the country. I decided the best way was to stop shopping and to start trying to recreate it myself.
While tofu will never match bacon it is more the taste I was trying to pay homage to with my recipe. The Teen said it was reminiscent of Beef Monster Munch, which I think was a compliment as they are one of his favourite snacks. For me, it was similar to maple bacon on account for the maple syrup used in its marination.
I have used both silken and firm tofu to see which worked better and feel the firm withstood the heat of the frying pan better. The silken variety is better suited to using in sauces, desserts and for making Scramble (which you can read about here).
Tofu bacon is great as part of a weekend ‘fry up’, using on a vegan-friendly BLT or crumbled when cooled into a creamy pasta sauce to make Carbonara. An incredibly versatile ingredient and very simple to make.
1 pack of Tofu, drained and pressed
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
A dash of liquid smoke (This can be found in the World Food Aisle of most supermarkets)
2 tbsp Soy Sauce (I buy the reduced salt version)
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder (or 1 clove, minced)
2 tbsp of vegan margarine (for frying)
- Slice the pressed tofu into thin slices.
- In a medium bowl stir together the yeast, water, maple syrup, liquid smoke, soy sauce, onion powder and garlic powder (or cloves, if using).
- Place the tofu strips into the bowl to marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Heat margarine in a large frying pan or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Quickly fry tofu strips until they are crisp, taking care not to burn them. I turned mine once a few minutes in to ensure both sides were cooked.
- Drain on a piece of kitchen towel and serve as desired.
Thanks for reading,