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Air Fryer Beef Jerky Recipe

Discover the ultimate snack with our simple air fryer beef jerky recipe! Say goodbye to store-bought, preservative-filled jerky and make your own delicious low-carb treat at home. With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep work, you'll have mouthwatering beef jerky that you won't be able to resist.
Overhead view of beef jerky in an air fryer basket.

Beef jerky is a delicious low-carb snack to enjoy any time of day. But why eat preservative-filled beef jerky from the store when you can easily make it yourself at home? You can whip up this simple air fryer beef jerky recipe with just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep work. And once you try fresh jerky, you’ll never want to purchase a bag from the store again!

Air Fryer Beef Jerky Pin.

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What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Beef Jerky?

You won’t believe how simple it is to make your own fresh beef jerky at home with the help of your air fryer. That’s because you can quickly whip up a delicious marinade for your beef to add tons of flavor using just a few ingredients. Make your own beef jerky with these supplies:

Air Fryer Beef Jerky Ingredients.

How Do I Make Air Fryer Beef Jerky?

There’s no need to purchase a dehydrator to make fresh beef jerky if you have an air fryer at home! Just follow these quick and easy instructions for making your dried beef at home:

Step One: Prepare the Beef

Place the beef in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes to help of firm up. Once the beef has chilled, slice the partially frozen meat into thin strips using a sharp knife. The slices should be between 1/8 and ¼ inch thick.

Thinly sliced beef.

Step Two: Mix the Marinade

Combine the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, brown sugar, black pepper, and smoked paprika in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they’re smooth and well combined.

Step Three: Marinate the Beef

Place the beef slices in the marinade, lightly pressing them into the liquid until submerged. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least four hours or overnight.

Step Four: Air Fry the Beef Jerky

Preheat the air fryer to 210 degrees. While the air fryer is heating up, remove the beef from the marinade and pat the strips dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture from each piece. Arrange the slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they do not overlap. Cook for around 2 hours, until the strips reach your desired level of dryness and chewiness.

Overhead view of beef jerky in air fryer basket.

What Type of Beef is Best for Jerky?

You can use any beef to make your own beef jerky at home, but lean cuts of meat tend to work best in the air fryer. Cuts like sirloin, top round, flank steak, or eye of round are great options for beef jerky.

How Long Does It Take to Make Beef Jerky in the Air Fryer?

Using your air fryer to cook beef jerky is a great option because it’s quick and easy! The cooking time will vary depending on the beef cut and how thick you slice your steak. But it typically takes around 2 hours to dehydrate the beef strips fully.

But the cooking time is just part of the preparation process for making your beef jerky. You’ll also need to consider the length of time it takes to marinate your meat. Marinating is essential because it adds flavor to the steak and helps tenderize the meat before cooking. It’s a good idea to store the meat in the marinade for at least four hours. But for maximum flavor, consider marinating the steak overnight.

Beef Jerky on a wire rack.

How Do I Know My Beef Jerky is Done?

Since the exact cooking time of your beef jerky can vary depending on your air fryer and the type of beef you use, it can be difficult to know when your jerky is finished cooking. Checking the texture and color of the steak is a great way to determine whether it’s done. 

But it’s also important to ensure your beef is safe to eat. To be safe to consume, the jerky should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit internally, so it’s a good idea to check it with an internal thermometer before removing it from the air fryer.

How Do I Store Homemade Beef Jerky?

You’ll probably want to gobble it all up once you take a bite of this homemade jerky recipe! But if you have some leftovers when you’re finished snacking, you can store them at room temperature.

Make sure to allow the jerky to cool completely to keep it from molding, then place it in an airtight container or resealable bag. Store the container in a cool, dry place; the jerky will stay good for several weeks.

Your homemade beef jerky can also be stored in the freezer. Arrange the beef strips on a flat tray or plate and place them in the freezer. Once the meat is frozen solid, transfer it to a freezer bag. You can keep the jerky in the freezer for up to six months.

Beef Jerky in a Mason Jar.

Overhead view of beef jerky in an air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Beef Jerky

Discover the ultimate snack with our simple air fryer beef jerky recipe! Say goodbye to store-bought, preservative-filled jerky and make your own delicious low-carb treat at home. With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep work, you'll have mouthwatering beef jerky that you won't be able to resist.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Beef Jerky
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Marinate Time: 4 hours
Servings: 4
Calories: 317kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by placing the beef in the freezer for about 30-60 minutes. Chilling the meat helps firm it up, making it easier to slice thinly and evenly.
  • While the beef is chilling, make sure you have a sharp knife on hand. A sharp blade will allow you to slice through the partially frozen meat with precision.
  • Once the beef has chilled, remove it from the freezer and begin slicing it into thin strips. Aim for slices that are about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Thinner slices will result in a crispier texture, while slightly thicker slices will have a chewier bite.
  • As you slice the beef, try to maintain uniformity in the size of the strips. This will help ensure even cooking and consistent texture throughout the jerky.
  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, brown sugar, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Mix well to create a marinade.
  • Place the thinly sliced beef into the marinade, ensuring each piece is coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 210°F (100°C) for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the marinated beef from the refrigerator and pat it dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Arrange the beef slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overlapping.
  • Place the air fryer basket in the preheated air fryer and cook the beef slices at 210°F (100°C) for 2 hours, or until they reach your desired level of dryness and chewiness.
  • Once cooked, remove the beef jerky from the air fryer and let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container. ***Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the beef slices and the model of your air fryer.

Notes

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Can I use any type of beef for making jerky in an air fryer?
Yes, you can use a variety of beef cuts for making jerky in an air fryer. Lean cuts like top round, eye of round, or flank steak work well. I used Sirloin. Trim off excess fat for best results.
How long does it take to make beef jerky in an air fryer?
The cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the beef slices and the model of your air fryer. On average, it takes around 2 hours to fully dehydrate the beef strips.
Do I need to marinate the beef before making jerky in the air fryer?
Marinating the beef before air frying is highly recommended. It adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat. You can marinate the beef for a few hours or overnight.
How do I store homemade air fryer beef jerky?
Once the beef jerky has cooled completely, store it in an airtight container or resealable bag. It's important to ensure that the jerky is completely dry to prevent moisture and mold. Properly stored, homemade beef jerky can last for several weeks.
Can I customize the seasonings and flavors for my air fryer beef jerky?
Absolutely! The beauty of making jerky at home is the ability to customize it to suit your taste preferences. Experiment with different seasonings, spices, and marinades to create unique flavor profiles.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 907mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg
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