Recipe by Aunt Cookie
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!
Top Review by adriennenewton
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.
- 1⁄2 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons liquid smoke
- 1⁄8 cup water
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 crushed fresh garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 lb extra firm tofu (not silken type)
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.
- Mix all the other ingredients together.
- Arrange the tofu in a single layer in a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet and pour the marinade over it.
- Let it soak for several hours or overnight.
- 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).
- Flip the tofu over hourly so it dries evenly.
- Dry the jerky until it is very chewy, but not crispy.