Gochujang Tofu Jerky (Vegan)

Gochujang Tofu Jerky (Vegan)

Gochujang Tofu Jerky is a spicy and chewy snack that’s perfect for plant-based eaters who love bold flavors. This recipe transforms tofu into a savory, spicy jerky using gochujang, a Korean chili paste, along with other flavorful ingredients. It’s an excellent protein-packed snack for on-the-go munching, hiking trips, or even as a unique party treat.

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About Gochujang Tofu Jerky

Tofu jerky has its roots in the broader trend of plant-based eating, which has been gaining popularity over the past few decades. The addition of gochujang brings a Korean twist to this versatile snack

Gochujang is a staple in Korean cuisine, known for its rich, spicy, and slightly sweet flavor profile. Combining it with tofu jerky creates a fusion snack that celebrates the best of both worlds—Western plant-based innovation and traditional Korean flavors.

While traditional jerky is made from meat, the rise of veganism and vegetarianism has led to creative alternatives. Tofu jerky mimics the chewy texture of meat jerky while providing a healthy and cruelty-free option.

Why You’ll Love Gochujang Tofu Jerky

  • Spicy and Flavorful: The gochujang marinade packs a punch with its unique blend of spicy, sweet, and umami flavors.
  • High Protein: Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, making this a nutritious snack.
  • Easy to Make: Simple ingredients and straightforward steps make this recipe accessible for all.
  • Portable: Perfect for snacking on the go, hiking trips, or as a packed lunch addition.
  • Versatile: Can be customized to suit your taste preferences.

What Is In Our Gochujang Tofu Jerky?

This tasty snack includes:

  • Tofu: The main ingredient, providing a chewy texture and protein.
  • Gochujang: Korean chili paste that adds a spicy, sweet, and savory flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds umami and saltiness to the marinade.
  • Agave Nectar: Balances the heat with a touch of sweetness.
  • Sesame Oil: Adds a rich, nutty aroma and flavor.
  • Rice Vinegar: Adds acidity to balance the flavors.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Adds additional heat and presents well.

Key Ingredients

  • Tofu: Choose extra-firm tofu for the best texture.
  • Gochujang: Available in most Asian grocery stores or online.
  • Soy Sauce: Use tamari for a gluten-free option.
  • Maple Syrup: Can be substituted with agave nectar or brown sugar.
  • Sesame Oil: Provides a distinctive, nutty flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: For a savory kick.
  • Onion Powder: Adds depth and flavor.
  • Rice Vinegar: Provides a tangy balance.

How To Make Gochujang Tofu Jerky

  1. Press the Tofu in Tofu Press for 30 minutes to remove excess water.
Press Tofu in a Tofu Press
  1. Slice the Tofu into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a parchment paper or silicone mat line baking sheet. Avoid aluminum foil as we will be using vinegar.
Tofu being cut on cutting board
  1. Preheat the oven to 150-200 degrees F or 65-95 c.
Preheating Oven to 200 F
  1. Combine the Gochujang, Soy Sauce, Agave Nectar, Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, and Red Pepper Flakes (Optional) into a mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust the flavor to your preference.
Gochujang Glaze ingredients being added into a glass bowl to mix

Gochujang Glaze mixed
  1. Apply the glaze to the tofu slices using a brush or carefully dunking them into the glaze and placing them back on the baking sheet.
Gochujang Glaze being applied to Tofu slices on a baking sheet

Tofu slices being flipped over to apply gochujang glaze to the other side

Gochujang Glaze being applied to the second side of the tofu slices on baking sheet
  1. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 2 hours.
Baking Sheet with gochujang tofu slices being placed into oven to dehydrate
  1. Remove from the oven, apply additional glaze, and place back into the oven for 1 additional hour.
Dehydrated Gochujang Tofu taken out of the oven

Applying second layer of gochujang glaze to Tofu sliced

Placing the Tofu slices back into the oven to dehydrate again
  1. Remove the tofu from the oven, and allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
Gochujang Tofu Jerky ready

Gochujang Tofu Jerky being torn to expose a cross section
  1. Store in a air tight container to enjoy later.
Gochujang Tofu Jerky placed on a wooden plank

Have It Your Way!

  • Adjust the Spice Level: Increase or decrease the amount of gochujang to suit your heat preference.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup for a sweeter or less sweet jerky.
  • Texture Variation: Experiment with different thicknesses of tofu slices to find your preferred texture.
  • Add Seeds: Sprinkle sesame seeds on the tofu slices before baking for extra crunch and flavor.
  • Smoky Flavor: Add a bit of liquid smoke to the marinade for a smoky taste.

Nutritional Facts about Gochujang Tofu Jerky

  • High in Protein: A great plant-based protein source.
  • Low in Fat: Minimal added oils keep it low in fat.
  • Rich in Flavor: Packed with bold, satisfying flavors.
  • Good Source of Iron: Tofu provides iron, which is essential for a plant-based diet.

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Gochujang Tofu Jerky

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Gochujang Tofu Jerky is a spicy and chewy snack that's perfect for plant-based eaters who love bold flavors. This recipe transforms tofu into a savory, spicy jerky using gochujang, a Korean chili paste, along with other flavorful ingredients. It's an excellent protein-packed snack for on-the-go munching, hiking trips, or even as a unique party treat.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian, Korean
Servings 16 Oz
Calories 120 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Press the Tofu for 30 minutes to remove excess water
  • Slice the Tofu into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a parchment paper or silicone mat line baking sheet. Avoid aluminum foil as we will be using vinegar.
  • Preheat the oven to 150-200 degrees F or 65-95 c.
  • Combine the Gochujang, Soy Sauce, Agave Nectar, Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, and Red Pepper Flakes (Optional) into a mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust the flavor to your preference.
  • Apply the glaze to the tofu slices using a brush or carefully dunking them into the glaze and placing them back on the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 2 hours.
  • Remove from the oven, apply additional glaze, and place back into the oven for 1 additional hour.
  • Remove the tofu from the oven, and allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
  • Store in a air tight container to enjoy later.

Notes

  • Marinating Time: For the best flavor, marinate the tofu overnight.
  • Storage: Keep the tofu jerky in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy as a snack on its own, or add to salads and sandwiches for extra flavor and protein.
  • Dehydrating: Using a food dehydrator can yield more consistent results than an oven.

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Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 120kcal
Keyword Gochujang, Jerky, Snack, Tofu
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