Teriyaki Bacon is the “candy bacon” of your Whole30 dreams. Ok, it’s not really candy bacon but it is pretty delicious. A few Whole30 rounds ago, I was making breakfast and my children were asking for candy bacon. Before Whole30 candy bacon or brown sugar bacon was a regular feature at our homestyle Sunday Brunches. In that moment I didn’t want to take away something they were so used to and have yet another thing removed from their normal because of Whole30. So I created this teriyaki bacon (which my kids call “candy bacon”) using coconut aminos and they loved it. Their only initial complaint was that it was not as sweet. “Mom you didn’t add enough sugar!” they said. This was also a great signal to me that I really had been adding sugar to things that really didn’t need added sugar.

A Quick and Easy Recipe

Teriyaki Bacon does not require a lot of prep or cooking. Just add your compliant bacon strips to a bowl, add coconut aminos, garlic powder, onion powder and a pinch of Chinese Five spice or just use coconut aminos teriyaki sauce. Then spread it out on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or more depending on how well done you like your bacon. It comes together easily and cooks quickly with little or no additional attention. Stick it in the oven while you prep your other breakfast/brunch items.


There are two ways to cook the bacon for this recipe. Option 1 is on a sheet pan set up with a wire rack. This option makes a crunchier teriyaki bacon as all of the fat drips into the sheet pan. Option 2 is to place the bacon directly onto the sheet pan without using the wire rack. This option is my favorite way of making it because the bacon fat combines with the teriyaki sauce to make the bacon sticky and delicious. Remember to spray your sheet pan with cooking spray before adding the bacon or the bacon will stick to the sheet pan and will be hard to remove after baking.


Garnish and Serve

Our kids eat these up as soon as they come out of the oven. I don’t add anything else to it for them, but for a little grown-up treat, I love to add some crushed red pepper flakes. It gives it a nice little bit of heat. You can even add some chopped chives or green onions for a bit of color.


The Teriyaki Bacon Recipe

Teriyaki Bacon {Whole30}
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Bacon cooked until crunchy in a sweet, spicy and sticky sauce
Recipe type: Whole30
Cuisine: American
Serves: About 4 servings
Or make your own teriyaki sauce
  • ½ cup of coconut aminos
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of onion powder
  • pinch of Chinese 5 Spice
  • *cooking spray for the sheet pan
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F
  2. If making your own teriyaki sauce, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, then add the bacon strips to the bowl and mix together ensuring all the strips are fully coated with the sauce
  3. If using premade teriyaki sauce, add teriyaki sauce to a large bowl, then add the bacon strips and mix together well to ensure fully coated with the sauce
  4. Next on a sheet pan sprayed with cooking spray add the bacon strips spread in a single layer
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or more depending on how crunchy you like your bacon
  6. minutes of baking gives the bacon a nice firm texture, with a little bit of crunch and some chewiness
  7. Enjoy!

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