Marinated Tofu Jerky
This tofu jerky recipe is flavored with garlic, honey, and soy sauce and dried in a dehydrator or home oven. It makes an interesting substitute for meat.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1pound tofu (firm or extra-firm)
- For the Marinade:
- ½cup soy sauce
- 3to 4 tablespoons Liquid Smoke
- ⅛cup water
- 1tablespoon onion powder
- 1teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove crushed fresh garlic)
- 1tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1teaspoon honey
Step 1Take a 1-pound cube of tofu and drain it. Cut it in half, and then slice it into strips on its short side. Strips should be about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in thickness. They may look big, but they will shrink to about half their size.
Step 2In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup soy sauce, 3 to 4 tablespoons liquid smoke, 1/8 cup water, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper and 1 teaspoon honey together until well combined.
Step 3Place the tofu strips in a single layer in a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet and pour the marinade over it. Let soak for several hours or overnight.
Step 4Drain excess liquid (may be reused) and dry tofu in a food dehydrator or warm (200 degrees F) home oven. This will take 4 to 8 hours, depending on the weather. If you live in a sunny, hot, dry climate, you can sun dry it outdoors. It will take all day.
Step 5Flip the tofu over hourly so it dries evenly. Dry the jerky until it is very chewy, but not crispy. Tofu jerky is delicious and keeps indefinitely.
Step 6Be creative. Use low-sodium soy sauce if you want less salt (the tofu jerky is rather salty). Use Tabasco sauce or ground cayenne pepper if you want it hot. Chili powder makes chili tofu jerky. Oregano and basil make pizza tofu jerky. Recipe Source: Mike Richichi. Reprinted with permission.