How To Make Chinese Beef Jerky – Step By Step

You will never have to buy beef jerky again with this easy-to-follow, delicious recipe for traditional Chinese Beef Jerky! You can make and enjoy this snack any time now!

Beef is the second most-consumed meat in China. Beef has high protein content, low in fat, not to mention delicious!

Beef jerky is a small snack that everyone loves.

Beef Jerky

But a lot of people don’t know that you can make this delicious snack at home.

Beef Jerky

Today, I will share with you a very simple way to make beef jerky.

After learning this method, you will see that you can make beef jerky that rivals that bought at stores!

Beef Jerky

Beef Preparation Ingredients:

  • 1) 1kg of beef
  • 2) 1 large piece of ginger
  • 3) ¼ of a green onion
  • 4) 15 grams of salt

Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 1) 5 grams of Szechuan peppercorn
  • 2) 10 grams of chili powder
  • 3) 20 grams of cooking wine
  • 4) 20 grams of light soy sauce
  • 5) 20 grams of fine sugar
  • 6) 3 bay leaves
  • 7) 2 star anise
  • 8) 1 small piece of cinnamon
  • 9) 3 grams of salt
  • 10) 50 grams of vegetable oil

How To Make Chinese Beef Jerky:

Step 1. First, cut the beef into thick strips and cut it along the grain as much as possible (you can cut to the size according to your preference, but don’t cut it too small).

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☆ The beef choice should be pure lean meat with as little fat as possible.

Step 2. After the beef strips are cleaned, put them into a pot, pour enough cold water to cover them, bring to a boil and cook until the beef turns brown (a lot of floating foam will be produced during the cooking process, and the floating foam can be removed with a sifter).

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Step 3. After boiling, remove the beef. Then rinse it several times under cold water to wash off all the foam.

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Step 4. The cleaned beef is put into the pressure cooker, fill with water to just cover the beef, add ginger, green onions, and 15 grams of salt. Simmer for about 35 minutes to boil the beef.

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☆ If you do not have a pressure cooker you can also use a saucepan to cook slowly. It takes about one and a half hours.

☆ Whether you use a pressure cooker or a saucepan, you need to pay attention to the heat and the texture of the beef. You can take a small piece and taste it. If you bite it, the beef will no longer be hard. Don’t stew too long, otherwise, the meat will break easily when you make into beef jerky.

Step 5. The finished cooked beef will look like the picture below. Drain the water and save for later use.

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☆When the beef is soft, the Chinese beef jerky will have a good taste and will not be too chewy.

Step 6. Heat the pan and pour 50 grams of vegetable oil. After the oil is hot, turn to medium heat. Add Szechuan peppercorn, bay leaves, star anise, cinnamon, and stir fry for 1 minute. Then add the chili powder and continue to stir fry for a few more moments.

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Step 7. Pour in the beef and stir fry evenly. Then add cooking wine, light soy sauce, sugar, salt. Continue to stir fry evenly. At this point, the flavors of the jerky will be added, and now it can be roasted to lock in those flavors.

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Step 8. Place the beef jerky on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 140 ° C, place the beef in the middle of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. The baking time should be adjusted according to the actual situation (the size of the beef cut, the different temperature of the oven will affect the baking time of jerky).

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☆Bake it to your favorite dry/moist level. Generally speaking, the drier it is, the longer it can be stored. But if it is completely dried, Beef jerky will be too hard; it will be better to retain some water.

☆ If you are using a steaming oven, because the steaming oven is too tightly sealed and the water vapor is emitted slowly, it will take longer to dry the beef. Please adjust according to the actual situation.


1. This is a basic beef jerky formula, all aspects of the taste are very balanced. On this basis, you can make beef jerky of different tastes according to your own preferences.

Spicy beef jerky: Increase the amount of chili powder to 25 grams (and also you can use chili to replace chili powder).

Numbing beef jerky: Increase the amount of Szechuan peppercorn to 10-15 grams, and increase the amount of chili powder to 20 grams.

Spiced beef jerky: add an additional 2-3 grams of Five-spice powder, followed by the chili powder.

Sweet Honey beef jerky: add 30 grams of honey or fine sugar. Follow the sugar and put it together.

2. The beef is cut along the grain as much as possible, the beef jerky that comes out of this will not break apart whilst cooking.

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