Vegetarian BLT With Shiitake Bacon


Shiitake mushrooms, when roasted, take on an umami goodness close to that of crispy bacon. Make sure the mushrooms aren't piled on top of each other on the sheet tray so they can get crispy—otherwise they'll steam. This brings maximum bacon-like flavor and texture into this vegetarian BLT. Make our easy mayo from scratch and spread a thin layer on whole-wheat bread, bonus points if it’s seeded. Head to the store and pick up some gorgeous in-season tomatoes for bite after bite of delicious simplicity.

Vegetarian BLT With Shiitake Bacon
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 serves


  • 14 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps halved if large

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ tablespoons tamari

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 4 whole-grain bread slices, lightly toasted

  • 4 green leaf lettuce leaves (from 1 head)

  • 6 tomato slices (from 1 medium [6 ounce] tomato)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss together mushrooms, oil, tamari, salt, and pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake until mushrooms are browned and crisp around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through cook time.

  2. Build sandwiches with mayonnaise, mushrooms, lettuce, and tomato.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

510 Calories
35g Fat
41g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 510
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 1723mg 75%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 15g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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