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Crispy Eggplant 'Bacon'

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Try this vegan bacon substitute. So good you can even use it on sandwiches. This is a guide about making crispy eggplant "bacon".


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March 18, 2017

I've tried to make fake bacon out of so many products and eggplant seems to mimic the texture of bacon the best. Here is how to make your own eggplant "bacon" at home!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 slices


  • 1/2 medium eggplant
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Peel eggplant.
  2. Using a knife or mandolin, slice eggplant into thin strips that resemble the size of bacon.
  3. In a bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients.
  4. Use a spoon to saturate both sides of the eggplant slices with your sauce, or drop in the bowl like I did here.
  5. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with more black pepper.
  6. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until eggplant is a deep red color and is a bit crispy. These are so delicious in sandwiches! Enjoy!
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March 19, 20171 found this helpful

Very clever!

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March 19, 20170 found this helpful

I am in the UK and have never heard of "liquid smoke" (and I presume eggplants are what we call aubergines). We do however have smoked paprika which smells like bacon so I will give this a go

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March 20, 20170 found this helpful

Liquid smoke is a traditional American product. It is a liquid available in most grocery stores state-side. It is used to approximate the smoke flavoring of an outdoor grill.


The most common brand is Wrights, which is available through Amazon in 3.5 oz (@103 ml), and comes in a variety of "wood" smoke flavorings (e.g., apple, hickory).

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March 20, 20170 found this helpful

Paprika is a suitable alternative or you can use Lapsang Souchong or Russian Caravan black tea. Just steep the leaves in boiling water for five to seven minutes and use.

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