Our recipe for gluten-free vegan Soy Curl bacon hit us like a bolt out of the blue (only way less painful). Vegan bacon from Soy Curls?? Why the heck not? We had recently posted our wildly popular recipe for Soy Curl pastrami, and so it wasn’t really a stretch to go from pastrami to bacon.
Now vegan bacon is something of a holy grail. There are lots products on the market that call themselves vegan bacon, and even more recipes for vegan bacon, most involving coconut, tempeh, seaweed, or the aptly named seitan (oh hush, if you need to be gluten-free you know what we mean). In fact, we actually have our own recipes for coconut bacon, tempeh bacon, and seaweed bacon.
But vegan bacon from nutritious, non-GMO (really organic but they can’t say it) Soy Curls? Heck yeah!! (Not sure what Soy Curls are? You can read more about them here in our vegan pastrami recipe, and you can get them here on Amazon.)
Now, you can make this Soy Curl bacon in the oven. BUT! After we rehydrated the Soy Curls (be sure to follow the directions, as they aren’t the normal rehydration directions), and we were ready to cook the bacon, our second bolt out of the blue (we’re not gonna lie, this one hurt a little bit) was “Holy shots! The air fryer! We wonder if they would be crisp like bacon if we cook them in the air fryer!?”
GUESS WHAT!!! :~)
Vegan Soy Curl Bacon
2 cups Soy Curls (not yet rehydrated!)
2 Tablespoons liquid aminos (can use soy sauce or tamari, but it will not taste quite the same, and will be somewhat less healthful)
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons neutral oil (we use sunflower oil or safflower oil)
1 teaspoon maple syrup (we get ours from Costco, where the deal on organic maple syrup is awesome)
1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Soak the Soy Curls in cold water for just 5 minutes. Drain the Soy Curls and squeeze them between a couple of layers of paper towel, changing out the paper towel at least once; you want the Soy Curls to be just barely damp.
Put all of the other ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk until fully mixed.
Put the Soy Curls in a Ziploc bag, and pour the marinade over the Soy Curls. Press the air out of the bag and zip it closed. Now squish the bag between your fingers to get those Soy Curls good and coated. Let it rest on a plate (in case the bag leaks) for at least an hour, occasionally flipping the bag over, and squishing it, to make sure that all of the Soy Curls are well coated.
Preheat your oven to 350° or your air frier to 370°. Air-fried Soy Curl bacon is amazing, but oven-baked Soy Curl bacon is also incredible!
If air frying, put in the air fryer basket and air fry for 10 minutes (no more or it will get too hard).
If baking in the oven line a baking sheet with parchment paper, put the Soy Curl bacon on the pan, and bake for 20 minutes, then flip the bacon over and cook for another 10 minutes. Soy Curl bacon cooked in the oven will crisp up as it cools, but it may be a bit chewy if you serve it straight out of the oven without cooling.
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NOTE: Soy Curl bacon done in the air fryer stays crispy in the fridge overnight; Soy Curl bacon done in the oven will revert to being a bit chewy when stored in the fridge overnight.
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