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Strips of rice paper bacon

I was skeptical about this one at first, but after trying to make this Spicy Rice Paper “Bacon,” I’ve been made a believer. Honestly, I just wanted something a little spicy and a little salty and a little crispy to add to my toast, and I had some leftover rice paper from my Ricepop Tofu […]

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Spicy Rice Paper “Bacon”

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I was skeptical about this one at first, but after trying to make this Spicy Rice Paper “Bacon,” I’ve been made a believer. Honestly, I just wanted something a little spicy and a little salty and a little crispy to add to my toast, and I had some leftover rice paper from my Ricepop Tofu Nuggets and Ricepaper Stuffed Tteokbokki, I figured I’d give it a try. I’m so glad I did, as the peach and ricotta toast I topped with these strips of deliciousness was perfect!

The Marinade

Adding the ingredients to the marinade.

What is it they say? “The secret’s in the sauce?” Well, for Rice Paper “Bacon,” the secret’s in the marinade. The marinade here is pretty straightforward:

  • Gochugaru
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Liquid smoke
  • Rice vinegar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Oil

The gochugaru adds smokiness, a little sweetness, and, of course, the heat. The soy sauce is what gives the “bacon” its requisite saltiness, while the liquid smoke and vinegar give it that necessary “twang.”

The Rice Paper Strips

Using two sheets of rice paper.

You start out with two sheets of rice paper. Using one sheet will result in strips that are too thing to withstand the baking temperature. Cut them up into 1.5-inch thick strips and dip them in the marinade. You don’t need to soak them in the marinade. Just slide them through the marinade and submerge them for maybe 3 or 4 seconds. The longer you soak them, the harder they will be to work with.

Cutting the rice paper into strips.
Dipping the rice paper in the marinade.

Afterwards, you just place them on a baking sheet and bake them for about 10 minutes, until they are crispy. Of course, if you like softer bacon (like I used to), then bake them for more like 7 to 8 minutes.

Placing the marinated rice paper strips on a baking sheet.

They are perfect for BLTs or toast or just by themselves!

Strips of rice paper bacon

Spicy Rice Paper Bacon

A rice paper bacon recipe that packs a little heat!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 5 strips
Calories 45 kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 tbsp gochugaru
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp flavorless oil e.g., canola oil
  • 2 sheets rice paper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  • Mix together the gochugaru, garlic powder, black pepper, liquid smoke, soy sauce, brown rice syrup, rice vinegar, smoked paprika, and the oil in a container with a flat surface (i.e., medium sized rectangular glass storage container).
    mixing together the ingredients for the marinade.
  • Take the two sheets of rice paper and place them on top of each other. Then, using kitchen shears, cut them into 5 strips (technically 10 strips on top of each other).
    taking two sheets of rice paper together
  • Submerge the 2-ply strips in the liquid and place them on a baking sheet.
    submerging 2-ply rice papers into marinade
  • Bake them in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until they are crispy.
    bake the sheets for 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 450mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 585IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, rice paper, vegan bacon
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  1. Sim says:

    5 stars
    I used a mandolin to thinly sliced some pressed firm tofu. Take a marinated rice paper strip, put the tofu (cut to same width as rice paper strips and also marinated) on top and cover with another sheet of rice paper then spray with oil and put in oven as you instruct. Adds some extra volume but still very crispy

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