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Quick & Easy Mushroom Bacon • It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Chewy, smoky, salty, quick & easy mushroom bacon is getting served up today! While I love inventing new and adventurous recipes like my seitan steaks, I sometimes forget that not everyone knows the basics. I have been whipping up this vegan mushroom bacon for years but it just occurred to me that I’ve never shared it with you! How terrible is that!? How dare I not share this deliciousness with you!? Mean, Sam. You’re being a meany.

Mushroom bacon is so quick and easy to make! Just 5 ingredients and toss it in a skillet to fry up smoky, chewy, salty, mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian friendly bacon. Use as a topping on soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, or serve it with tofu scramble for a vegan breakfast. #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganbacon #vegan

Well, I did sort of share the recipe as part of my cobb salad, (although it was tweaked a bit), but as this bacon can be used everywhere it deserves its own dedicated post. So meany no more.

This mushroom bacon is quick to make. Most mushroom bacon is baked in the oven, and while you can totally do that (I provide those instructions too), I generally prefer to toss it in a skillet as it’s faster and easier.

This vegan mushroom bacon is so simple too with just 5 ingredients. It’s so quick and easy to make that I often make it as a last-minute add on to amp up any dish.

Mushroom bacon isn’t as crispy as my coconut bacon or rice paper bacon (both of which are found in my cookbook), or even my banana peel bacon, but the meaty texture of mushrooms is so satisfying that it really has that bacon vibe.

Where to use mushroom bacon:

How to make mushroom bacon:

Slice the mushrooms. I used cremini mushrooms but almost any other kind of mushroom would work well too. Portobellos, button, shiitake, or king oyster would all be yummy and provide different texture and size of bacon bits.

4 ingredient vegan bacon marinade

In a medium bowl, mix together the olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, and liquid smoke.

Sliced mushrooms tossed in vegan bacon marinade

Add the sliced mushrooms to the bowl and gently toss to evenly coat the mushrooms.

How to make vegan mushroom bacon. Quick and easy, just 5 ingredients!

For Fried Mushroom Bacon:
Heat a large skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the mushrooms and any leftover marinade.

Tip: If your pan is not that large, you may want to work in batches as you will get the best results if the mushrooms are in a single layer on the bottom of the pan.

Fry 5 – 10 minutes letting them get golden on one side before flipping. Try not to stir the mushrooms too much as letting them rest will allow them to really brown up. It may get a little smoky, so be sure to turn on your hood fan.

Slice, marinate, and bake the mushrooms.

For Baked Mushroom Bacon:
Spread the mushrooms slices in a single layer over a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and pour over any leftover marinade. Add to the oven and bake for 18 – 25 minutes until dark golden and reduced in size.

Mushroom bacon is so quick and easy to make! Just 5 ingredients and toss it in a skillet to fry up smoky, chewy, salty, mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian friendly bacon. Use as a topping on soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, or serve it with tofu scramble for a vegan breakfast. #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganbacon #vegan


Mushroom bacon is most delicious enjoyed still warm but it can also be enjoyed cold. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge up to 4 days. Reheat if needed.

Bon appetegan!

Sam.

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Quick & Easy Mushroom Bacon

Just 5 ingredients and toss it in a skillet to fry up smoky, chewy, salty, mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian-friendly bacon. Use as a topping on soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, or serve it with tofu scramble for a vegan breakfast.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins

Course: Breakfast, Side Dish

Cuisine: American, Canadian

Servings: 4

Calories: 70kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup or agave
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 8 oz cremini or other type of mushrooms, sliced

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, and liquid smoke. Add the sliced mushrooms to the bowl and gently toss to evenly coat the mushrooms.

For Fried Mushroom Bacon (the quicker method):

  • Heat a large skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the mushrooms and any leftover marinade. Tip: If your pan is not that large, you may want to work in batches as you will get the best results if the mushrooms are in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Fry 5 – 10 minutes letting them get golden on one side before flipping. Try not to stir the mushrooms too much as letting them rest will allow them to really brown up. It may get a little smoky, so be sure to turn on your hood fan. Remove from the pan and enjoy!

For Baked Mushroom Bacon:

  • Preheat your oven to 375F (190C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Spread the mushrooms slices in a single layer over the prepared baking sheet, and pour over any leftover marinade. Add to the oven and bake for 18 – 25 minutes until dark golden and reduced in size.

Notes

Mushroom bacon is most delicious enjoyed still warm but it can also be enjoyed cold. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge up to 4 days. Reheat if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg


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