Shiitake Bacon Recipe (Healthy And Vegetarian!)

//Shiitake Bacon Recipe (Healthy And Vegetarian!)

Shiitake Bacon Recipe (Healthy And Vegetarian!)

After reading that title, you might be wondering what in the world shiitake “bacon” is. Not bacon at all, it is instead a healthier alternative that mimics the taste and texture of it. In order to make this shiitake bacon recipe, shiitake mushrooms are tossed in a mixture of salt and spices and roasted until browned and crisp.

Shiitake bacon recipe (4-6 servings)

In this case, the mushrooms are fortified with a small amount of ground flax seed. Feel free to use flax seed oil here too, in place of the olive oil! Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are thought to help reduce inflammation, and even reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. Some studies have also shown that omega-3s can have a positive mood-altering effect and in turn help to treat depression that is often associated with chronic pain.

The shiitake bacon recipe here then is not only a better choice for your body, but your mind too!


  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms with stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground flax seed.
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the maple syrup, olive oil, and spices, in a large mixing bowl. Toss the sliced mushrooms with the maple syrup and olive oil mixture.
  • Place the mushrooms on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned. The finished mushrooms should have a texture similar to bacon.

Would you try this shiitake bacon recipe? What are your other favorite vegetarian substitute recipes? 


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