Combine the spice ingredients (thyme, sage, oregano, smoked paprika, paprika, freshly ground black pepper) and set aside.
Add water to a medium pot to about ⅓ full, and add ¼ cup of soy sauce and the pressed garlic. Bring to a simmer.
Add the tempeh chunks. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Drain the tempeh, and discard the garlic cloves (or save to use in something else if you’d like!). Gently pat tempeh dry.
After tempeh has cooled, cut into smaller, bite-sized chunks OR crumble into smaller pieces. Toss with spice mixture.
In a large skillet (I like to use nonstick for this recipe), heat the oil over medium heat. Add the seasoned tempeh, and cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring often until it’s lightly browned. Add extra oil as needed.
Add the teaspoon of soy sauce, stir gently, and remove skillet from heat.