How to Make Zucchini Bacon – Vegan Zucchini Bacon Recipe

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Before we decided to cut meat from our diet, we, like most people, LOVED bacon.  We would eat it as often as we could. Whether it was for breakfast, in a sandwich or even in ice cream, we never passed up an opportunity to eat bacon.  So when we decided to transition into this new healthier lifestyle, we had to find a way to substitute our favorite food. So far, this vegetarian and vegan friendly zucchini bacon is my favorite!

We tried the packaged vegetarian bacon, some call it “fakin’ bacon.” And while it wasn’t bad, it also wasn’t something that I could see myself eating regularly.  So I went on the hunt for new options. I love that zucchini bacon is made from veggies (something we can all use more of in our diet).  And while zucchini bacon doesn’t taste exactly like bacon (if I’m being completely honest), it does taste really good and has a similar flavor.

Sliced Zucchini Prepared to Make Vegan and Vegetarian friendly Zucchini Bacon

The Zucchini Bacon Recipe

The zucchini bacon recipe is pretty simple.  I do recommend marinating the zucchini overnight if you are able to.  Also, if you have a kitchen tool that easily slices veggies, use it!  I tried to cut the zucchini by hand and they were all different sizes and shapes.  If you can get them more consistent, you will find a good flow once the zucchini slices are baking and you’ll know how long to keep them in the oven.

For the full zucchini bacon recipe, scroll down!  This is great for sandwiches (Like our favorite Avocado sandwich).  I would also eat this as a snack.  I recommend making a big batch of zucchini bacon each time because of the amount of prep and cook time.  Plus, once you start eating, it’s hard to stop.

Cooked Vegan Zucchini Bacon Ready to Serve

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Vegan Zucchini Bacon

  • Author: Heather ~
  • Total Time: 130 minutes


Looking for a veggie alternative to bacon? This crispy zucchini with a smoky flavor is a great option! 


  • 2 Zucchini (thinly sliced)
  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • ½ TBSP liquid smoke
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Whisk together all ingredients (except zucchini).
  2. Place marinade in a sealable bag or container with lid and add slices of zucchini.
  3. Marinate zucchini for at least 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place zucchini strips in a single layer.
  6. Bake for an hour, turn each slice over and repeat.
  7. When you have the desired consistency (soft or crunchy), remove from oven and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 120 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
  • Cuisine: American

This vegan zucchini bacon is the perfect compliment to a plate of delicious french toast!

Have you ever tried zucchini bacon or have another recipe you’d like to share? Comment below and let me know!

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  1. I am making this today, for my second time. I love it! When I made it the first time, a few weeks ago, I ate it as a snack. Today, I am making a batch to share with my mother and brother. We will put some on top of our homemade black bean burgers. Yum!

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  2. I tried this and even though the flavor was delish, my zucchini ended up soggy. Wondering how to get that crisp texture without skimping on the marinade and possibly leaving the ‘bacon’ less flavorful…I even cut the zucchini into various thicknesses with my mandoline, so I don’t think its a thickness/thinness issue. Maybe I should dry off the slices before baking next time?

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      Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like maybe there was a step missed. Did you follow the recipe exactly as I’ve shared? I’ve made these a number of times and they always come out crisp as shown in the photos.

  3. If you have an air fryer, you can just store the cooked zucchini bacon in a covered container and then air fry it for however long to re-crisp it.

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      Hi Amy! I wish I had a good answer for your question, but unfortunately, I haven’t made a large amount. We usually just make what we need for that particular meal/day. I would suggest just prepping more and seal it in the fridge for a few days and don’t bake until you are ready to use it. That way you it doesn’t lose it’s crunch, though I haven’t personally tried that so I can’t say for sure.

  4. This looks amazing! We have a lot of zucchini in our garden so will try. But being in AZ we try not to have our oven on in the hot weather so I was thinking of trying in our dehydrator. Have you or anyone tried making this in their food dehydrator!

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      Hi LeAnn! I haven’t tried to make them in a dehydrator. If you do, please let me know how they turn out!

  5. Tried this and my zucchini strips were completely burnt – maybe we have different ovens, but 1 hour was definitely NOT the correct time for me.

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      Hi Sofia! I’m so sorry to hear this! Depending on the oven and the thickness of your zucchini strips, you may need to adjust. Every oven is different. I keep an eye on mine throughout, checking on them every 10-15 minutes. I’ve also been told that if you increase the temp, it will take much less time, though I like them to cook longer, at a lower temp. I hope you will try again and find the perfect temp/time!

      1. Hi! I am really sorry, this WAS entirely my fault and not yours – I entirely missed that 200 degrees was, of course, not Celsius (as I am used to here in Sweden) but most likely Fahrenheit. Sorry for leaving such a negative comment, haha. I would delete it, but it doesn’t seem possible.

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  6. To get thin, uniform slices, try using a vegetable peeler, or slicer. Also, this is way cheaper than “fak’n Bac’n”, and one can make just the amount they want.

  7. I have tried many types of vegan bacon like rice paper and tofu but never zucchini. So I’m definitely going to try this recipe out. Thank you

  8. Cool! I love zucchini. I would love to try this and share with my friends who are vegetarian. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Maybe for someone who hasn’t had real bacon in years. Thought maybe this would be a great alternative but No, yuck. Taste like molasses and liquid smoke. Sorry, I’d hoped it would be great.

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      Hi Deb! Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it. This zucchini bacon recipe is meant for those who don’t or can’t eat meat. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to make a vegetable taste like pork, so this is a great alternative, if done right.

  10. Zucchini bacon sounds mouthwateringly delicious! I’ll try this recipe with my daughter as she is always looking for ways to be more vegan.

  11. I love this idea! It’s an awesome way to add that delicious crunch into a sandwich. Must try asap for the family.

  12. Oh wow this looks so good. We’ve been trying to eat healthier too, this is a great recipie! We love bacon too :))

  13. I don’t know if I could ever let go of bacon… I love me some bacon. Literally just had bacon last night lol. But zucchini bacon sounds like it may be worth a try

  14. I really love the real bacon but I might try the Zucchini Bacon! It looks so good. I hope this is really delicious!

  15. Nooooo…I haven’t had vegan zucchini bacon before but I will be very glad to give it a try!

  16. It looks slightly similar to eggplant when baked. It looks delicious though and definitely healthy. A good alternative for vegans indeed. 🙂

  17. I have to make this! I’ve never had zucchini bacon before, but I love veggies that are all crisped up like that. It looks so good!

  18. The drool dripping down my FACEEEE is real! 😛 YUM! I need to try this out. I hope I don’t BURN THE CRAP outta my zucchini! LOL !

  19. Great recipes ; Clear instructions; great visuals. I love cooking from this content

  20. WOW I thought its bacon! I must try this and am sure my boyfriend will love it.

  21. I am not Vegan but this looks AMAZING! I love Zucchini and I love Bacon! I think everyone in my family would enjoy this and I can’t wait to try it out!

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  22. This is a great way to prepare zucchini. My kids are not fond of this veggie but I think they will like this.

  23. Wow! This looks exactly like bacon – I am truly impressed. Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables so I’ll have to try this out.

  24. Wow! A great way to make and serve courgettes to anyone. I bet I can do the same with aubergines. Just the thought of this makes my mouth water, yummy!

  25. Now this is so creative of you! Who would have thought about preparing some yummy vegan bacon? I just love it…the taste of maple syrup must be so yummy!

  26. Ok I am kinda mind blown. I never thought of a meat alternative to bacon would be to recreate it with zucchini I am totally doing this!

  27. Now this looks like an interesting take on bacon. I need to save this for if my vegan friends ever spend the night!

  28. I think this looks both amazing and a little weird! Ha! I am so glad you tried it. Now I want to do so!

  29. I have never, ever heard of zucchini bacon before! It sounds so interesting. Although I will continue to incorporate meat into my life, I bet a ZBLTA (Zucchini Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado( sandwich would be scrumdiddlyumptious for Meatless Monday. I need to put my mandoline to use in the near future!

  30. I have mostly everything to make this recipe except for the liquid smoke. I have to add that to my grocery list. I love trying new vegan recipes.

  31. Oh this is a game changer. I love Zucchini and this is a great way to take it to a new level. I wonder if my kids would eat it?

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  32. This looks incredible! I would have to try this because I love zucchini and I’m intrigued by vegan bacon.

  33. This is such a cool and creative idea. I can totally see pulling this off with the addition of the liquid smoke!

  34. I have made something similar with eggplant but this recipe sound so much better. I need to buy some zucchini so I can make this.

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  35. The only reason why i would not go vegan is because i’d have no idea what to cook! Loving the idea of those zucchini bacon though!

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      There are SO many yummy recipes online! While we aren’t full vegan anymore, I still make a lot of the meals.

  36. It’s hard to find good vegan recipes! I can literally spend hours looking for good stuff. I don’t want to keep eating the same things. I liked this idea. Definitely trying it soon.


  37. I like the idea of this dish. I do love oven baked zucchini and if they are crispy, even better. I will definitely try this recipe out sometimes.

  38. I never thought to treat zucchini this way! What a perfect healthier for you option when you need a bacon fix!

  39. I’m so tempted to replace my husband’s weekly bacon-binge with these and sees if he notices the difference! What a unique recipe!

  40. Oh yum I must try this! I just made vegan bacon this past week using tofu and it was spot on! No meat club here too for five years 🙂

  41. I never thought about putting the zucchini in the oven. They look so delicious! This would be a perfect lunch at work!

  42. Interesting. I like zucchini and I love bacon but I’m not sure how I feel about zucchini bacon. I’d have to it and see if it can pass the bacon test. 🙂

  43. Think I have mentioned before the men in my family would want real bacon but would probably try this at least. One grandson would take off the bacon and hand the rest to a brother to finish.

  44. Oh my gosh I thought that picture was of bacon. I am totally going to try this. I love bacon but I am sure eating as much as I want to eat of it it’s not good for me. I cannot wait to try this.

  45. I am not crazy about bacon and I think if I ever turned vegan, I wouldn’t miss it. I like this zucchini recipe and would have this as a healthy snack

  46. I love Bacon as well and would eat it for every meal if I could. Although trying to lose weight I can’t do that. So I will try your recipe. Although I will not tell my son or husband what it is until they try it. This way I have a better chance of them eating it with me.

  47. I don’t eat bacon so this would be something I’d love to try. There is one vegan bacon that I buy and for me, it tastes like bacon but has a little too much sodium for my taste. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

  48. That is quiet a complicated recipe but the way you have explained it looks like it is very simple to make. I am going to give it a shot.

  49. I love zucchini – and who doesn’t love bacon? But the zucchini is a healthier and delicious alternative to greasy bacon. I wonder after reading this post – how many people are thinking – why didn’t I think of that?

  50. I love zucchini – so this is a great recipe for me! I love the idea of the flavours you have added to it – must try soon!

  51. I was like hold on vegan zucchini bacon ??? these are pretty cool. Might be a good way to get the toddler to eat some more veg

  52. Wow, great find! Now I have another recipe to try on. So glad that internet has all what we need. Will definitely try this, of course that bason.

  53. I don’t eat bacon so I would so be down to try this! Especially adding it to burgers or something!

  54. We love bacon, which my husband always calls, “the duct tape of food.” I think we should try this zucchini bacon too. I was reading through the ingredient list and it looks like these crispy treats would taste like bacon too. Thank you for sharing the recipe. This would be great as a side or as a snack for our family movie nights.

  55. This look so good! I love this, my husband won’t eat pork, so this is a good substitute. We will be trying this soon.

  56. This looks so delicious! I am a zucchini fiend. I love it in just about anything, and I cannot wait to taste this!

  57. We love zucchini bread, and this sounds delicious! I’m sure that I’ll make a batch at some point soon!

  58. I’ve never tried making this before but I’m so interested. I don’t exactly follow a vegan diet but I do enjoy the recipes and the food, they’re really healthy!

  59. This sounds like such a delicious, unique recipe. I would love to try this dish one day. We love bacon but would love to find a vegan alternative.

  60. Ohh we’ll have to try this out! We’ve been eating better and rarely have anything to “snack” on in between meals!

  61. I have bookmarked this to come back and make. I am totally sold on this idea and It will make a really special surprise for the family!

  62. I do love my bacon, so I would give this a try. I’m pretty sure I’d like it! The photos look incredible.

  63. I have seen eggplant and mushroom bacon, but never zucchini bacon. This would be perfect for when my daughter’s vegan friend comes over.

  64. I don’t eat bacon these days, but I remember how much I always loved it. This would be a much healthier substitute and so much better for me. I have all the ingredients on hand to make it this weekend.

  65. I’ll try it! We get a lot of zucchini in the garden and this would be a great way to make it. Plus, I have a double oven and I could really make a lot!

  66. I am always open minded and willing to give something new a try Not so sure about the men in the family. Kind of hard to top real bacon.

  67. I am not vegan, but I love vegetables and zucchini is one of my favorites. That looks so delicious. I am going to try it soon for sure.

  68. Wow, I never thought to use Zucchini for “Bacon”. I think that I may have to try making this sometime.

  69. I love the idea of making “bacon” using veggies. We don’t eat bacon a ton and I consider it a treat. I will have to try this healthy version of bacon.

  70. Vegan zucchini bacon? That’s a first for me! I have never heard of this kind of vegan substitute before. Not sure I’d like it, though, not a huge fan of zucchini.

  71. WOAH! I am totally into this!! I am adding the items to my shopping list and getting them over the weekend! Looks AMAZING!

  72. What a fantastic idea! My mother in law is vegetarian and I can not wait to surprise her with this the next time she visits.

  73. Yum, this sounds so good! I’m not a big fan of bacon regularly, at least not in things, so this would be a good alternate.

  74. That looks so good! I am a total carnivore, but I will be trying this for sure. I love any kind of crispy treat like this.