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Learn how to make vegan jerky at home! It’s a cheap, gluten-free, easy-to-prepare recipe packed with plant-based protein and bursting with flavor. Plus, it has the perfect chewy ‘meat’-like texture that classic jerky has without the meat!
This jerky is perfect for snacking on and great for an on-the-go snack as it is mess-free and light!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Soy Curls: The star of this vegan jerky is Butler’s Soy Curls, which is a soy-based, non-GMO vegan meat alternative. We purchase ours at a local health food store, but they are also available online. These make for the perfect substitution for beef in this vegan jerky. Once the marinade is cooked down into them and dried out, they have the same chewy and semi-tough meat consistency as beef jerky, with a pop of adobo flavor.
- Vegan Beef Broth: Adds “beefy” flavor without using meat. We like to use this one.
- Soy Sauce: The salty, umami-packed flavor bomb of a condiment helps this barbecue build depth of flavor. You can also opt for tamari, which tastes like soy sauce, but is gluten-free.
- Vinegar: We used apple cider vinegar, but white vinegar works.
- Oil: We like to use a high-heat neutral oil like avocado oil for pan-frying.
- Brown Sugar: A sweetness that balances out both the acid and heat in this recipe.
- Vegan Worcestershire Sauce: Typically, Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, but this brand is fish free and a great vegan option.
- Spices: to elevate the other flavors in this dish, we add garlic powder, ground ginger, and onion powder.
- Chili Garlic Sauce: To add a pop of spice. If you cannot access this, you can opt for sriracha to taste or even a few pinches of red pepper flakes.
- Aromatics: Simple yet essential aromatic flavor base to start this dish right. This dish includes two crucial ingredients in adobo: whole black peppercorns and bay leaves.
What is Adobo?
The noun adobo is used to describe a marinade or seasoning mix, and different forms of adobo exist in different cultures.
While the Filipino adobo dish and adobo in Spanish cuisine share similar characteristics, they refer to different things with different cultural roots. Filipino adobo was developed entirely independent of Spanish influence.
Filipino adobo refers to the cooking process indigenous to the Philippines. The main ingredients of Filipino adobo are soy sauce, vinegar, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and garlic. It is both salty and sour in flavor. It has been considered the unofficial national dish in the Philippines.
The marinade for this recipe is based on a traditional Filipino Adobo (check out our recipe here) with a few added flavors to make it more jerky-like. It has the perfect balance of salty, sour, sweet, and umami and is a flavor bomb in your mouth in the best way!
- Large bowl, for marinating
- Large cast-iron skillet, for cooking
- Tongs or slotted spoon, for scooping out the soy curls
- Spatula or wooden spoon, for cooking
Are you looking for other vegan Filipino recipes?
- Pandesal (Filipino Bread Rolls)
- Pancit Bihon
- Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls)
- Bistek Tagalog (Filipino Beef Steak)
- Siopao Asado
- Crispy Tofu Sisig
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