vegan jerky


12 Best Vegan Jerky Recipes

Curb your salty cravings with these vegan jerky recipes. Why long for beef when these are just as good as the real thing?

For many transitioning vegans, beef jerky is one the hardest snacks to let go of. It’s simply satisfying to chew on those salty strips of meat when you’re not in the mood for anything sweet. Luckily for all of us, however, these vegan jerky recipes are so good that we can pretty much forget about the real thing!

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piece of vegan jerky

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Soy Curls Vegan Jerky

The Hidden Veggies shared this simple-yet-tasty recipe for vegan jerky that’s made using Butler Soy Curls. This recipe takes just a little over an hour to make and is gluten-free, too!


Spicy Chipotle Tofu Jerky

Steph from Grateful Grazer used a smoky and spicy seasoning blend of paprika, cumin, chipotle powder, and black pepper to make this delicious tofu jerky. She used a dehydrator for this recipe, but you can also pull it off with a good ole’ oven if you don’t have one.


BBQ Tofu Jerky

If you can’t be bothered to mess with more than two ingredients, this vegan jerky that’s made from tofu and BBQ sauce is a no-fuss option. Check out the recipe at Rabbit Food Runner.


Mushroom Vegan Jerky

In the mood for something different? This recipe from Plant-based On A Budget uses mushroom as the base instead of tofu. Flavor is derived from soy sauce, chili oil, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and onion and garlic powder, which results in a pretty tasty treat.


Teriyaki Vegan Jerky

This recipe from Feed Your Skull unsurprisingly makes it to our list of the best vegan jerky recipes because of its interesting tropical twist. Bringing pineapple into the mix, the main ingredient here is tempeh, which makes it a good source of calcium, dietary fiber, and of course, protein.


Spicy Sriracha Tofu Jerky

Oven-dried tofu smothered with smoky seasoning and fiery sriracha sauce is the star or the show in this vegan jerky recipe by Connoisseurus Veg. If you’re a fan of anything and everything hot and spicy, you’d love this for sure.


Shiitake Vegan Jerky

For this mushroom-based recipe, shiitake is flavored with agave syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, and a bunch of other seasonings for that smoky-sweet taste. Check out the complete recipe over at Vegan Bandit’s blog.



teryaki vegan jerky

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Teriyaki Seitan Jerky

Seitan is a protein-packed, low-carb, and cholesterol-free meat substitute, and My Quiet Kitchen takes full advantage of this in her teriyaki-flavored vegan jerky recipe.



Buffalo Vegan Jerky

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Buffalo and Thai Peanut Seitan Jerky

Not a fan of teriyaki? You can try this vegan seitan jerky flavored with Buffalo and Thai peanut instead—made, again, by Lori of The Quiet Kitchen.


Oatmeal Jerky

Oatmeal? Whaaat? Well, yes—you’ve read that right. You can use oatmeal mixed with some apple juice, soy protein, and flavoring to make vegan jerky, just like what Vegan Bandit did for this oatmeal jerky recipe.



Hawaiian vegan jerky

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Hawaiian Style Jerky

Vegan Guide to the Galaxy’s recipe for Hawaiian-style jerky uses Butler Soy Curls mixed with ginger, pineapple juice, soy sauce, and spices to make a vegan alternative that takes just two hours to prepare.


Eggplant Jerky

Eggplant season? Put that abundance to good use by making some delicious eggplant jerky. You’ll need a dehydrator for this one, but you’ll end up with a batch that’s good for two days (or longer, if you freeze it).





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