How to Make Bacon From Flour

This bacon analog looks A LOT like bacon and makes for a tasty crispy snack. This recipe was adapted from Seitan Society’s recipe for wheat starch bacon.

Strips of wheat starch bacon.

Wheat Starch Bacon

This bacon analog looks A LOT like bacon and makes for a tasty crispy snack.
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 12

Equipment

  • non-stick frying pan

Ingredients
 
 

Batter #1 – meaty streaks

  • 1 C. wheat starch purchased or leftover from making wheat gluten
  • 1 C. water
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. dragon fruit powder may be omitted or substitute beet powder
  • 1 tsp. mushroom stock can you substitute mushroom powder
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Marmite or Vegemite or Maggie seasoning or soy sauce

Batter #2 – fatty streaks

  • 1 C. wheat starch purchased or leftover from making wheat gluten
  • 1 C. water
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

Instructions
 

Batter #1

  • In a small pitcher or measuring cup with a spout, whisk all ingredients.

Batter #2

  • In a small pitcher or measuring cup with a spout, whisk all ingredients.

Cooking the bacon sheets

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Brush liberally with vegetable oil.
  • Pour the batters in alternating stripes until the pan is covered in a thin layer of batter. Shake and tilt the pan to evenly distribute the batter.
  • When the surface looks dry ~2-3 minutes, use a silicone spatula to loosen the edges. Quickly flip the pancake over to cook the other side ~1 minute.
  • Transfer the cooked sheet to a plate to cool and repeat with the remaining batter.

Frying the bacon

  • Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • Add the bacon strips one at a time to the hot oil. Fry gently on both sides until crisp. Drain on paper towel and serve.

Notes

  • A thinner pancake yields a crisper bacon.
  • This recipe was adapted from Seitan’s Society’s Wheat Starch Bacon: https://seitansociety.com/recipes/starch-water-bacon/.
Keyword bacon, vegan, Vegetarian, wheat starch
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