Vegetarian Bacon 3 Ways

Bring home the bacon, even if you don't eat meat. Transform rice paper, coconut and mushrooms into a savory snack.


  • Basic marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Coconut bacon:
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Bacon marinade
  • Mushroom bacon:
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • Bacon marinade
  • Rice paper bacon:
  • 4 rice paper sheets
  • Bacon marinade


  1. Basic marinade: combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Coconut bacon: Preheat oven to 300°F. Coat coconut flakes with bacon marinade. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes and stir flakes every couple of minutes, to prevent burning. Remove once browned and crispy.
  3. Mushroom bacon: Preheat oven to 350°F. Thinly slice portobello mushroom caps. Soak mushrooms in bacon marinade, and spread across a baking rack on top of a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until dried and slightly crispy.
  4. Rice paper bacon: Preheat oven to 400°F. Lay out rice paper sheets. Working with 2 sheets at a time, brush a small amount of water onto one side of each sheet. Press the wet sides onto each other to form a double layer sheet. Use scissors to cut into strips. Brush the marinade onto one side, place it marinade side down onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and brush the other side. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until crispy.