Gordon Ramsay’s Vegan Bacon + Improved Recipe

Gordon Ramsey's Vegan Bacon + Improved RecipeI’m going to share Gordon Ramsay’s Vegan bacon recipe that was pretty viral online (especially tiktok) and also share my thoughts on various tests I did to make it better. After all, I have the most popular vegan bacon recipe on Google, so I know a thing or two about making good vegan bacon at home. 

Over the years, I’ve tried and tested some of Gordon Ramsay’s recipes; vegan recipes and turning his non-vegan recipes into vegan recipes. I’ve had some true ups and downs, from his Mille Feuille to his “Eggplant Steak”. Either way, I was excited to try his vegan bacon recipe. I’ve been making rice paper bacon for years so I wanted to offer readers my expertise with Gordon Ramsay’s original idea and how to make his vegan bacon better, tastier and quicker (his took a long time to make). 

Gordon Ramsey's Vegan Bacon RecipeGordon Ramsay’s Vegan Bacon

So I made Gordon Ramsay’s Vegan Bacon and here’s what I didn’t like about it:

  • His vegan bacon was not crispy at all 🙁

I think the reason it wasn’t crispy was a combination of too much tofu and the marinade – either way, bacon should be crispy and I discovered the perfect way in my recipe below

  • Many people, including me, said his marinade was VERY spicy

I like spicy, but it was too spicy and also… bacon isn’t supposed to be spicy right?

  • the marinade was also too thick

This offered a challenge for the rice paper and slowed the process down a lot – I discovered a way to make it easy to dip the rice paper in 

  • Took a long time (compared to my quick & easy 15 mins vegan bacon). Like common Gordon, I don’t have all day to spend in the kitchen 😛

You can check out his recipe below and also check out my improved version of his recipe (check recipe card below) which is less spicy, less time-consuming, and more crispy!

Vegan Bacon Gordon RamseyINGREDIENTS FOR GORDON RAMSAY’S VEGAN BACON:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GORDON RAMSAY’S VEGAN BACON:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C) and prepare a baking sheet with a rack and parchment paper. Spray the baking rack with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. Prepare marinade – whisking together sriracha, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, garlic powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, maple syrup, tamari, melted butter, and water. Season mixture with pepper.
  3. Place pressed tofu in a bowl and using hands crumble tofu into pea-size pieces. Season with remaining nutritional yeast and 3 tablespoons of marinade. Set aside. 
  4. Prepare bacon strips, using sharp kitchen shears, cut rice paper into 1½ inch-wide (4 cm) strips. Pour remaining marinade into a shallow baking dish and working with a few “bacon” strips at a time, dip rice paper into the marinade. Flip to coat and once pliable remove and place on prepared baking sheet. Scatter with tofu to resemble the “fat” of the bacon strips. Top with another bacon strip, pressing with your fingers to fuse together into a strip. Re-dip in the marinade as needed. Repeat with remaining strips. 
  5. Bake bacon strips in oven for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Gently scrunch strips with your fingers to create curly bacon, continue to bake for another 10-12 minutes or until bacon is crispy and amber brown. Brush strips with more marinade as needed if they start to dry out too much.  

You can find the full recipe on his website.Gordon Ramsey's Vegan Bacon

Gordon Ramsay’s Vegan Bacon… But Better

I’m going to show you how to make a better vegan bacon recipe in 15 mins using similar ingredients like rice paper, crumbled tofu and a more simple (and tasty) marinade!

All you need to do to make this recipe is mix together the marinade and add some to crumbled tofu. Then pour marinade into a shallow bowl or dish, then dip the rice paper sheet on one side and lay it on a surface with the marinade up and sprinkle tofu over, then add a second sheet on top and using wet hands, press together. Then slice with a pizza cutter and bake until crispy. 

INGREDIENTS FOR GORDON RAMSAY’S BACON BUT BETTER (VEGAN):

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT I USED:

What I did differently: I tested and created a totally different marinade that’s similar to my popular rice paper bacon marinade recipe with some changes.  I also used less tofu, because it was making it harder to crisp up. I did not bake it on a grill rack like he suggested, instead, I baked it on a baking sheet with a silicone mat. I also prepared the bacon totally differently, so instead of cutting the rice paper and then soaking, topping with tofu and then meeting another strip and adding it on top, I opted for a much quicker version: wet an entire rice paper sheet, added the tofu on top and then topped with another soaked sheet and used a pizza cutter to cut strips. So much easier and quicker!

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Gordon Ramsay's Vegan Bacon + Improved Recipe
 
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I'm going to share Gordon Ramsay's Vegan bacon recipe that went pretty viral online (especially TikTok) and share my thoughts and an improved version of his vegan bacon recipe that's 110% better.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Grease the paper or mat with cooking spray or oil.
  2. In a shallow baking dish whisk together 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, garlic, paprika, liquid smoke, maple syrup, olive oil, tamari, MSG, and water to make the marinade.
  3. In a small bowl add crumbled tofu, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, and 3 tbsp of marinade. Set aside.
  4. Take one full sheet of rice paper, and dip it into the bowl of marinade, flip and place it on a cutting board. Sprinkle rice paper with tofu. Dip another sheet of rice paper into the marinade and then place it on top of the tofu. Wet your hands with a little bit of water and press down on top of the stack if you find the edges curling up and not sticking well enough.
  5. When the rice paper settles, and kind of hugs the tofu, take a pizza cutter and cut the rice paper into strips, and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake the rice paper strips for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through until the edges are crispy. Transfer bacon to a wire cooling rack.
  7. If you are saving bacon for later, store them in a sealed container in the fridge.
  8. If you are eating the bacon right away, heat 1 tbsp of oi or vegan butterl in a skillet over medium heat. In batches, add bacon strips and fry until crispy. Keep in mind that they will crisp up a bit after.
  9. Use vegan bacon in a sandwich, burger, crumble over salad, enjoy on its own, or use any way you would use bacon!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 183 Fat: 7.7g Carbohydrates: 23g Sugar: 9.2g Fiber: 1.2g Protein: 4.7g

Hey I’m Candice aka The Edgy Veg – I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or their by-products. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!


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4 Comments

  • Amanda says:

    Oh my lanta-sauras Rex, this recipe is so good it’s stupid! Next time I need to double the recipe because my meat eating partner and I almost ate all of the first batch it was so good! He had just made regular bacon and when he tried this he said he wish he hadn’t because he preferred this one. The taste is spot on and the tofu adds the perfect meatiness to it. Well done Candice, you kitchen goddess you!

  • Holly says:

    I’ve tried Gordon’s, your original and this one and I definitely know this is my new go to. You make dreams come true

  • Beatrice says:

    As soon as I find liquid smoke I am making this 100%. Looks so fire

  • Susan says:

    I made Gordon’s vegan bacon and youre spot on! Not crispy, flimsy and spicy as heck! I can’t wait to try your improved version! Love your rice paper bacon recipes so Can’t wait to make this

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