Total Time
12hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 hrs

This is a nice substitution for beef jerky, as it provides the saltiness and smoky flavor (it has been a long time since I've had real beef jerky, though, so I may not be the best judge). The texture will not be the same, of course, but it is chewy and satisfying. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the cube of tofu horizontally into four pieces, and then slice it into strips (I had a total of 12). The strips should be about 4 millimeters in thickness. They're going to shrink a lot in the oven, so they should start out pretty thick.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together.
  3. Arrange the tofu in a single layer in a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet and pour the marinade over it.
  4. Let it soak for several hours or overnight.
  5. Drain excess liquid and dry tofu in food dehydrator or 200 F oven. This will take 4 to 8 hours, depending on the weather (it took six hours for me in the oven).
  6. Flip the tofu over hourly so it dries evenly.
  7. Dry the jerky until it is very chewy, but not crispy.


Most Helpful

Found this a bit on the salty side so use low sodium soy sauce. Otherwise it was very good. I used 1 teaspoon liquid smoke and that was plenty (Colgin brand mesquite flavor). I froze the tofu first. Makes it firmer. and you can increase heat for a while to dry it faster.

adriennenewton January 22, 2010

I made this with low sodium soy sauce and several people sampled it and liked it. I'll try regular soy sauce when I make it to take backpacking. I used a dehydrator for 7 hours at 195 F, and the texture came out nice -- not really chewy, but not crispy either. It made the house smell smoky for a couple days, but it's a pleasant smell. When I laid it out to dry, I made sure some of the marinade solids (garlic and pepper) was on each piece.

JeanSgt May 02, 2009

This was my very first time using tofu in anything other than miso soup! I figured something like this recipe would be a good introduction for this carnivore as I love beef jerky and all things salty. I followed the directions and used the dehydrator, which, after 2 hours, resulted in all but one piece being completely crispy! The last one had a chewy texture, but I'm not really sure which I like better. They were definitely extra salty, even for me, but with a good flavor. I can see experimenting with the marinade ingredients. All in all, a nice alternative to beef jerky and not-so-healthy snacks. Thank you, Aunt Cookie!

Sandi (From CA) September 13, 2007

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