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Smoky Tempeh Marinade

If you’ve been looking for a great vegan alternative to bacon with a perfectly balanced smoky flavor– look no further. This super simple BBQ tempeh marinade combined with the soaking ability of tempeh is going to change your breakfast table forever.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword tempeh marinade, tempeh recipe, vegan bacon, vegan tempeh bacon
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 102kcal
Cost $3



  • Combine all the ingredients except tempeh in a large bowl. Keep 1 tablespoon of the marinade for serving. Add tempeh slices and coat evenly. Let marinate for 20-60 minutes in the fridge. Then cook as desired and drizzle with the reserved sauce. Enjoy!



Nutrition information includes tempeh and is calculated per serving.

Cook’s Tips

  • This recipe works well with batch cooking. The marinade keeps well in the fridge in a closed jar for up to 1 month.
  • Consider making marinated tempeh a day ahead. You can marinate the tempeh for up to 24 hours.
  • If the marinade is too thick, add a few teaspoons of water.
  • For more creative recipe ideas check these 20 best tempeh recipes.

Recipe Variations

  • Avocado oil or other neutral oils can be substituted for sesame oil. If you don’t want to use oil, add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the marinade instead.
  • Use agave syrup or other sweetener of your choice instead of the maple syrup.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg