Sweet & Spicy Sesame Beef Jerky

Sweet & Spicy Sesame Beef Jerky

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A blend of savoury soy, toasty sesame, a hint of sweetness from sugar, and a gentle kick of pepper flakes, creating a jerky that's satisfyingly bold.
Course Snack
Servings 9 strips
Prep Time 12 hours
Dehydrating Time 4 hours


  • 1 Dehydrator
  • 1 Meat Tenderizer


  • 200 g lean beef (rouladin is easiest – otherwise slice other cuts into about ¼″ thick pieces)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


  • 1. Combine all ingredients (except for beef and sesame seeds) in a bowl. Mix well and set aside. 
  • 2. Slice beef into about ¼" thick slices (length does not matter) and tenderize with meat tenderizer. (Tenderize to obtain proper and even thickness, as well as to best allow marinade to soak into the meat; if using rouladin, you will likely only have to lightly tenderize as it's already desirably thin).
  • 3. Slice into about 1″ - 2" wide pieces; length to preference.
  • 4. Place meat into container with marinade. Gently stir and fold to ensure all meat is coated with marinade.
  • 5. Let marinate in fridge for 12 hours. Meat will absorb much of the marinade and appear thicker.
  • 6. Disperse in dehydrator, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and dehydrate at 160℉ for about 4-5 hours. When done, meat should be dry but pliable.


  • Dehydrating time may vary (the thickness, water and fat content of the meat, as well as the humidity and altitude of your environment will impact dehydrating time)
  • Scroll down for storage guidelines
  • Learn more about dehydrating from our Dehydrating 101 post.


Serving: 3slicesCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 6.4gProtein: 18.8gFat: 13.5gSaturated Fat: 4.6gCholesterol: 55.3mgSodium: 437mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 4.8g
Keywords: dehydrated recipe, jerky

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Storage Guidelines:

  • Keep stored in a sealable bag or container
    •  Tip: Vacuum sealing can more than triple the shelf life
  • Keep stored in a cool, dry and dark place
    • For longer term storage, store in your freezer (especially if not vacuum sealed)
  • When dried and stored properly, beef jerky is considered safe at room temperature for 3-4 weeks,  or 6 months in the freezer. 
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