Sous Vide Tempeh Bacon

Anova Culinary

I’ve made a lot of cooking mistakes in the past, but that is how you learn to be better. One of those things would be cooking with tempeh. Just like anything new, there will be an adjustment and learning period. This can be especially for sous vide cooking non-meat dishes including vegetables, desserts, and veggie-based proteins. After taking a deeper dive into cooking in general, I have learned how food and cooking techniques interact with each other. Tempeh has been a stubborn food for me, mostly because I wasn’t familiar with it. I did not grow up knowing or eating tempeh, so there was a lot to unpack. After shifting to more of a plant-based diet, I have been more intentional with making food better. For example, I’ve learned that in order to mitigate the bitterness from tempeh, you should boil it for a few minutes. Additionally, this will help bloat the tempeh, making it easier for marinades to penetrate. These two things have made my tempeh recipes infinitely better. So now I bring to you...sous vide tempeh bacon.


Aly Michell

I am a plant-based, vegetarian food lover who loves the challenge of cooking them up in a way that's delicious, affordable, and easy.

Prep Time: 00:00

Recipe Time: 01:30

Temperature : 190F / 87.8C



  1. Set your Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 190ºF / 87.8ºC
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add tempeh. Then, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the tempeh from the pot and cut in half. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  4. Place the tempeh inside a reusable silicone or ziplock bag. Pour in the marinade. Slowly lower the bag to push the air out. Finally, seal the bag and drop it into the water bath. Cook for 1.5 hours at 190 degrees F.


  1. Remove the tempeh from the bag. Cut the tempeh block into 1/2 inch thick strips, lengthwise.
  2. Add about 2 tablespoons of oil to a pan over medium-heat. Cook the tempeh strips on each side for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and serve.