Easy-to-Make Vegan Rice Paper Bacon

by | Updated: April 27th, 2017

Utter the word bacon and people go nuts! Whether it’s showing love for the crispy breakfast finger-food or an anti-bacon confrontation, there are pretty strong opinions about it. But maybe there’s a way to compromise. With the main ingredient in this recipe being rice paper (that wonderful wrapper for making spring rolls), these vegan-friendly bacon strips are cholesterol- and fat-free and full of plant-based smoky flavor.

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Easy-to-Make Vegan Rice Paper Bacon


8 sheets rice paper, white or brown
2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
2 Tbsp. vegan worcestershire
½ Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
2 Tsp. liquid smoke
Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. To make marinade, combine all ingredients (except rice paper).
  2. On a nonstick surface, arrange wet rice paper. Coat with marinade and layer with second wet sheet of rice paper.
  3. Once softened, use sharp knife to cut into strips. For a clean cut, press down and drag knife.
  4. Holding each end, dunk strip into marinade, using thumb and pointer finger to remove excess. Dunk and repeat. Arrange strips on baking sheet.
  5. For even more flavor and texture, sprinkle with salt or nutritional yeast.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-14 minutes on center rack. (Note: Watch carefully, they burn easily.)
  7. Remove sheet from oven and cool for 1-2 minutes before serving.

NOTE: Undercooking is better than overcooking. Otherwise it may resemble more of a bacon “chip” instead of being chewy.

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