Tofu Jerky

Author Debi


  • 1 pound extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water or dark beer
  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke


  1. Drain the tofu, and slice it into long strips on its short side. Strips should be about 4 to 5 millimeters in thickness.
  2. Mix remaining marinade ingredients together. Place the tofu in a single layer in a shallow 13x9-inch baking pan or a rimmed cookie sheet and pour the marinade over the top of the tofu. Let soak for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain excess liquid (it may be reused) and dry tofu in food dehydrator or 200° F oven. This will take 4 to 8 hours. Flip the tofu over hourly so it dries evenly. Dry the jerky until it is very chewy and all the white areas have disappeared.
  4. Variations: Add some chili powder to make chili jerky. Use Tabasco or ground cayenne if you want it spicy. Add oregano and basil to make pizza jerky.