Vegan Bacon Bits Recipe

vegan bacon bits

As I was preparing broccoli strawberry salad a thought about bacon bits crossed my mind. At last bacon is one of the key ingredients in this classic salad recipe. If not one of the main reasons why many people eat this salad full of broccoli.:)

I am not vegan or against bacon but I have high requirements for my bacon – it has to be grass-fed or organic and without artificial ingredients. Which is very hard to come by in my area.

vegan bacon bits

Then I remembered I had a package of firm tofu and a bottle of liquid smoke in the fridge. An initial thought was to make just flavoured tofu. As I started working on the recipe more I got an idea to create vegan bacon bits. They are not as chewy and dry as real bacon bits but have that umami flavour that total satisfies the craving for bacon. My kids who are not fans of tofu approved. Everyone loved them in a broccoli strawberry salad with clean poppyseed dressing.

vegan bacon bits

I used honey but if you are a strict vegan use maple syrup. I had honey on hand.
Don’t be afraid of maybe an unknown to you ingredient like liquid smoke. It is quite common in major grocery stores. Look on shelves with spices and/or sauces. Like where Tabasco is.

Enjoy these vegan bacon bits!

Vegan Bacon Bits Recipe



1 package firm tofu
1 tbsp avocado or coconut oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup (use honey if not strict vegan)
1 tsp liquid smoke


Remove tofu from packaging and rinse. Place between paper towels and press on it to squeeze out water. Alternatively, place on a plate lined with many layers of paper towels and refrigerate overnight. Tofu doesn’t have to be super dry, it’s OK.
Cut block of tofu lengthwise, then into strips and then into small cubes aka bits.
Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add tofu pieces and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy sides appear, stirring occasionally.
Add soy sauce, maple syrup and liquid smoke; stir. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Vegan bacon bits are ready when charred and all liquids have evaporated.
Use in salads, wraps etc.

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