Eggplant "Bacon" Recipe - Vegan and Gluten Free

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This vegan Eggplant Bacon recipe takes all the flavor and crispiness of bacon and packs it into thinly sliced eggplant!


  • 2 medium eggplant
  • Tbsp soy sauce 30 mL, or tamari for GF option
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil 15 mL
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup 5 mL
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 mL
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce


  • Prep: Preheat air fryer or oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Cut eggplants into quarters lengthwise, then thinly slice into long strips resembling bacon (about 1/8 inch thick, a mandolin slicer makes this easier).
  • Flavor: In a small bowl, stir to combine all remaining ingredients. Liberally brush onto both sides of eggplant slices.
  • Cook: If air frying, place bacon in a single layer in your air frying pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until dry and browned. If baking, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until dry and browned.

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