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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