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Homemade Beef Jerky

5 spice powder
5 spice powder

beef jerky

beef jerky

beef jerky

beef jerky

beef jerky

beef jerky

Beef jerky is one of my favorite snacks. It is chewy and flavourful. It is a great source of iron, low in carbs but high in protein. While it is readily available in the supermarket, the more I learn about what is in package foods, the more concern for additives, preservatives and the quality of the meat.

Making your own homemade beef jerky is surprisingly easy. One ingredient that makes this recipe so simple is the 5 spice powder, which is a combination of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel, a staple in Chinese cooking. It is a robust, sweet and spicy seasoning mix bursting with authentic flavour.

To make this beef jerky, you simply marinade the beef overnight then cook and dehydrate it to beef jerky. For laying in and intensifying more complex flavours, you can  coat the beef jerky strips with the chili and sesame seeds mixture or your preferred spices like cumin or curry powder.

Home cooking is about healthy ingredients and good eats. With this easy and delicious recipe, you will never have to buy the packaged beef jerky again.

  • Use the lean cuts of beef, like top round or bottom round.
  • You can cut the meat to the slices or strips. To make the jerky chewy, slice the beef along the grain.
  • The beef jerky might not be completely dried after heating in the oven. Let them cool in the room temperature to further the drying process.
  • The beef jerky is tasty enough after drying. The third step is optional.
5 from 4 votes
beef jerky
Homemade Beef Jerky
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins

It is surprisingly easy to make the beef jerky at home. Three steps to make this flavourful snacks.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: asian
Keyword: beef jerky
Author: Cooking With Lei
  • 500 g lean beef cut into 1.5cm thick stripes
  • 4 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Marinading: Combine soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, five spice powder and water and whisk until sugar is fully dissolved. Add the beef strips, mix well and refrigerate them over night.

  2. Drying: Preheat the oven to 160C, place the strips over the baking tray and cook for 30 minutes. flipping the beef jerky once about halfway through. Cool the beef strips to the room temperature to further the drying process. ( Or deep fry the beef strips in the oil over the low-medium heat until they are brown and dry.)

  3. Adding flavours(optional): In a saucepan, add the oil and sesame seeds and cook over the medium heat until the sesame seeds turn slightly golden. Add the salt and chilli powder and cook for about 5 seconds. Turn off the heat and stir in the dried beef jerky.

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks delicious I am definitely going to try this and pass it on to my son

  2. 5 stars
    What cuts of beef have you used for this? would rump or sirloin be suitable?

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