Discover the Exquisite Delight of Thai Beef Jerky

If you’re a fan of tantalizing flavors and exotic cuisine, then prepare yourself for a truly delectable experience. Thai Beef Jerky, a beloved Thai dish, is renowned for its mouthwatering taste and unique blend of ingredients. Traditionally made by drying the beef in the sun and then deep frying it, this recipe offers a convenient alternative using your oven. Not only will you learn how to prepare this delicious dish, but you’ll also discover an exceptional spicy dipping sauce that will elevate your gastronomic journey to new heights.

Overhead view of beef jerky on two plates with rice and cucumbers.

Growing up, Thai Beef Jerky was a constant presence in my life. Its high protein content made it an ideal snack for long road trips, and its savory taste always left me craving more. Additionally, this flavorful jerky is perfect for gatherings and is often served alongside Sticky Rice and Papaya Salad, adding a zesty twist to any party.

The Essence of Thai Beef Jerky

Thai beef jerky relies on minimal ingredients, with the spicy dipping sauce stealing the show when it comes to flavor. However, even on its own, this jerky captivates the taste buds with its irresistible taste. The essential components for this recipe include:

  • Chuck Roast
  • Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fish Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper

Slicing and Marinating: The Art of Preparation

To achieve perfection in this recipe, you’ll begin by slicing the chuck roast into thin, even strips. While removing excessive fat is recommended, a touch of fat enhances the meat’s flavor profile. Next, combine all the marinade ingredients, including oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper, in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients until well-combined, and then add the sliced beef to the marinade. Ensuring each piece is thoroughly coated, you can use your hands for an immersive experience. Allow the meat to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight, allowing the flavors to meld together harmoniously.

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Four image collage of slicing and marinating beef.

Oven-Baked Perfection

While traditional Thai Beef Jerky is typically sun-dried and then quickly deep fried for that irresistible crispiness, we’ve developed a quicker and easier method using the oven. To begin, preheat your oven to 300°F. If your oven includes a convection setting, opt for that, or use the regular baking option. Line a baking tray with foil and place a rack on top. Arrange the strips of beef in a single layer on the rack, leaving some space between each piece. Bake the beef for 30 minutes, then flip each piece to ensure both sides achieve the desired crispiness. Continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, resulting in a total cook time of 1 hour. The beef jerky should be tender yet slightly crispy. Adjust the cooking time accordingly if needed.

Uncooked beef on a baking sheet.
Cooked beef jerky on a baking sheet.

The Fiery Thai Spicy Dipping Sauce

What sets Thai Beef Jerky apart is the sensational spicy dipping sauce that accompanies it. Though preparing the sauce is straightforward, acquiring some of the ingredients may require a visit to your local Asian market or online sources. Fear not, as the effort will be worthwhile. Here’s what you’ll need for the sauce:

  • Tamarind Concentrate
  • Fish Sauce
  • Palm Sugar
  • Lime
  • Lime Leaves
  • Shallot
  • Cilantro
  • Toasted Rice Powder
  • Ground Thai Chili Pepper

Begin by creating a palm sugar syrup by combining 2 discs of palm sugar with 1 cup of water in a skillet. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the water has reduced, resulting in a light syrup consistency. Set it aside to cool. If Lime Leaves are available, roll 2 leaves tightly together and julienne them into fine strips. Finely slice the shallots and cilantro, setting them aside for later use. In a small bowl, combine the tamarind concentrate, fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar, thoroughly mixing the ingredients. If you’re not serving the sauce immediately, store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to indulge.

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Ingredients with text for spicy dipping sauce.

When serving, enhance the sauce by adding the shallots, cilantro, lime leaves, toasted rice powder, and ground Thai chili pepper. Mix everything well, allowing the flavors to intermingle. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning to your preference, adding more palm syrup, lime, or fish sauce as needed.

Hand holding a piece of beef being dipped into a sauce.

Indulge and Preserve

Your Thai Beef Jerky is now ready to be relished and savored. You can serve it immediately or allow it to rest at room temperature for an hour. Any leftover beef jerky can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, ensuring you can enjoy its delightful flavors even after your initial feast.

Cooked beef jerky on a plate with cucumber and sticky rice.

Similarly, the sauce, excluding the herbs and rice powder, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. As you embark on this culinary adventure, be sure to watch the video below to witness the creation of this remarkable dish firsthand.

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