Classic Vegan Jerky

NOTE: This video makes twice as much marinade as you actually need.  The actual amounts for 1 batch is listed in the recipe below.

Classic Vegan Jerky

Classic Vegan Jerky recipe from Vegan Proteins.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Snacks
Servings 4 servings
Calories 129 kcal


  • 1 c vital wheat gluten
  • 3/4 c water
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 /2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


Making Dough

  • Boil a large pot of water.
  • In a large bowl, mix the vital wheat gluten and the water together until fully incorporated.
  • Cut the dough ball into 4 roughly equal pieces.
  • Put the dough balls in the boiling water for 3 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Set aside to cool to the point you can handle them.
  • Leave the pot of water boiling.

Preparing the Marinade

  • In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, liquid smoke, chili powder and black pepper until sugar is dissolved.

Making jerky pieces

  • When the dough balls are cool enough to handle, use a serrated knife to make slice them into 1/8 inch slices. The do not have to be perfect.
  • Drop the pieces back into the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon, straining any excess water.
  • Let cool until you can handle again.


  • Drag each piece of seitan dough through the marinade until coated.
  • Place on either a teflon sheet (if using a dehydrator) or a parchment lined cookie sheet (if using an oven).
  • When all pieces are coated, place the trays in the oven or dehydrator.
  • For the oven, set it to 170*F For the dehydrator, set it to 160*F
  • Allow to dehydrate for 1 hour before flipping them. Continue to dehydrate for another hour.



Nutrition Facts
Classic Vegan Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.5g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.05g
Sodium 575mg25%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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