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What better way to kick off our featured recipes section of this blog than with MUSHROOM BACON!! When I saw this recipe for shiitake bacon, I thought ‘Oh, I want to try that!’ Don’t get me wrong, I love bacon. I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could so that’s why I was excited to see this healthier, not to mention vegetarian, version of my favorite breakfast meat. You can find the full recipe at along with many other great vegan recipes.

The recipe called for shiitake mushrooms, but I thought that King Oysters would also work well and are a great size for bacon slices. To start, I washed both mushrooms and removed the hearty stems of the shiitake before cutting both into thin slices.

Next I mixed together the ingredients for the marinade, I decided to opt in on the optional paprika which added extra depth to the smokiness.

After letting the mushrooms marinate for 60 minutes, I baked them in a 375°F oven for 45 mins turning at least three times.

After letting the strips cool, I tested them out and was astounded by how much they tasted like real bacon! I found that the shiitake bacon tasted the closest to pork bacon, but the King Oyster bacon had a nice, extra earthiness.

So the verdict? If you’re looking for a good substitute to pork bacon, shiitake or King Oyster bacon is a great alternative without sacrificing the flavour!

If you have any recipes you would like to share or have tried this recipe, we’d love for you to share your experience with us on our Facebook page!

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