Portobello Mushroom “Bacon”

Bag items: portobello mushrooms, olive oil


I know it sounds crazy, but it’s actually pretty good!  Especially if you are a vegetarian but like the smoky-sweet flavor, crispy outside, and chewy inside of good old-fashioned bacon, this is a good one for you!  It is incredibly easy and takes just a few minutes to comes together.  Plus, it will perk up any avocado toast (which, let’s be honest, needs no help, but still) or sandwich.

The secret to getting that flavor is liquid smoke.  In this recipe, we combine liquid smoke, HH maple syrup, portobello mushroom strips, and a little salt and pepper to make the marinade.  Then simply let it sit for about 10 minutes on each side, then sauté it up.  Easy as can be!

Start by cleaning your mushrooms with a damp paper towel, rather than putting it under running water to rinse.  This will keep the mushroom from absorbing too much water and will let it soak up the marinade instead.


Then clean out the gills (not 100% necessary, but I didn’t want the different texture to throw off the cooking time) with a spoon:


Slice it up!



Mix up the marinade:


Place the mushroom slices in the marinade:


Flip after about 10 minutes.  Then heat up a teaspoon of oil in a sauté pan, and put the slices in there:




Flip them, then when they are crispy and brown, take them off the heat, and enjoy!




Portobello Mushroom “Bacon”


1 Tbsp liquid smoke
¼ c maple syrup
1 tsp. oil (melted coconut or canola)
½ tsp each salt and pepper
Additional 1 tsp. oil for sautéing


  • Clean and slice mushrooms into 1/4″ slices
  • Mix up the marinade, then let the mushrooms marinate for about 10 minutes on each side
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a sauté pan, then over medium heat, place the mushroom slices in the pan, letting them get crispy on the outside.  They will shrink up a bit as the water cooks out-don’t worry about that!  You will need about 5-7 minutes on each side.
  • Flip and cook another 5-7 minutes on the other side.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately!

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