Smoky marinated tempeh strips are pan-fried to delicious perfection to make this scrumptious tempeh bacon! Stuff it in a sandwich, sprinkle it on a salad, or snack on it by itself.
Stir the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, and liquid smoke together in a small bowl.
Slice the tempeh, width-wise, into thin (approximately ¼-inch) strips.
Place the tempeh strips into a shallow dish and pour the soy sauce mixture over them.
Let the tempeh marinate for about 30 minutes. Gently turn the strips or use a spoon to drizzle some of the marinade over them once or twice while they soak.
Coat the bottom of a medium nonstick skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, add the tempeh strips in an even layer. Only add as many strips as you can fit without crowding. Cook the rest in a second batch.
Cook the tempeh strips for about 5 minutes, gently flip them with a spatula, and cook them for about 5 minutes more, until browned and crispy on both sides. Turn or shift the pan a couple of times while the tempeh cooks to ensure even heating.
Transfer the cooked tempeh strips to a plate. Cook the rest (if there are any) in a second batch, adding a bit more oil to the pan if needed.
Serve the tempeh bacon immediately.