Tempeh Bacon & Vegan BLT on serving tray.

Tempeh Bacon & Vegan BLT

Sarah Subrize - Brick Street Farms
Featured In WTFCF Season 1, Episode 05: Farming In A Box.
Everything about this loaded Tempeh BLT sandwich makes my mouth water - delicious sourdough bread, creamy chive sunflower spread, super fresh Brick Street Farms Baby Greens and Sprouts, smokey/savory tempeh “bacon” and juicy in season tomatoes.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 4


  • steamer basket


Tempeh "Bacon" and Marinade

  • ½ package tempeh, sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons oil, avocado or olive for frying

Tempeh Bacon “BLT” Sandwiches

  • 1 batch smoky baked tempeh bacon
  • 1 brick cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 1 package Brick Street Farms baby greens Note: You can substitute romaine, baby kale or red leaf lettuce.
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 package Brick Street Farms sprouts
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 avocado, optional


Prepare the Tempeh Bacon

  • Cut tempeh into ¼ inch slices and place the slices in a steamer basket and set over a 1-inch pot of water. Note: Optional, but recommended, steam for 5 minutes. This helps it become less bitter, tenderizes it, and helps it to soak up more flavor from the marinade.

Prepare The Marinade

  • In a medium bowl, combine ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon smoked paprika. Whisk well.

Prepare Tempeh Strips And Marinade

  • Place the tempeh strips in a shallow container and cover with the marinade. Ensure tempeh is coated very well and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Once marinated, warm a few tablespoons of oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the tempeh in a single layer to the pan. Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Continue to fry until all the tempeh is cooked. Note: For even more flavor, add a few tablespoons of the leftover marinade at the end and stir until coated.
  • Remove from pan and let tempeh “bacon” cool slightly before you use it.

Time To Make Your Sandwiches

  • In a bowl, combine 1 brick cream cheese with 2 tablespoons chopped chives and touch of lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Toast the bread and layer in the following order, cream cheese mixture, tempeh "bacon", Brick Street Farms baby greens, Brick Street Farms sunflower sprouts, sliced tomato, and optional avocado.


    About the Author

    Sarah Subrize in her kitchenSarah Subrize is a foodie, content creator, and personal chef located in St. Petersburg, FL. Her love of cooking started in her grandmother's kitchen then turned into pursuing her degree at Johnson & Wales University and graduating with a B.S. in Culinary Nutrition. She has extensive experience with sports performance, special diets, woman's health and health supportive cooking.