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Teriyaki Tempeh Vegan Jerky | Feed Your Skull

Do you know what was in our Christmas stockings only a few months ago? Primal Strips seitan vegan jerky! Why thank you Santa!

Ever since then I have been obsessed with the idea of vegan jerky and had to make my own!

I started with Teriyaki and BBQ (coming soon!) recipes, but the flavor combinations and vegan ‘meat’ substitutes are endless.

Teriyaki Tempeh Vegan Jerky | Feed Your Skull

This teriyaki tempeh jerky is savory and delicious with a subtle tropical flare thanks to the pineapple. They can be chewy or crispy depending on your dehydration time—both are delicious!

Nutritional Benefits of Tempeh:

  • Great source of absorbable calcium
  • High in manganese, copper, fiber, protein, phosphorus, vitamin B2, and magnesium
  • Low glycemic index
  • Zero cholesterol
  • Low in fat

Teriyaki Vegan Jerky

  • Yield: 8-10 strips
  • Serving Size: 1 strip

Nutritional information: • Calories: 94 | Fat: 2 g | Fiber: 3 g | Protein: 7 g | Calcium: 5% | Iron: 8% | Manganese: 12% | Potassium: 5% •


  • 1 - 8 oz package Lightlife Tempeh, sliced lengthwise into 1/8" thick strips
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup tamari
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ground black pepper to taste`


  1. In a small saucepan whisk water, pineapple juice, tamari, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and black pepper. Bring to a low boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Lay tempeh strips in an 8x8 inch pan and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator 4-5 hours or overnight.
  3. Transfer tempeh strips to a mesh covered dehydrator tray and dehydrate between 145-155 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 hours or until desired chewiness. Store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. Will also keep on the counter in a drier climate.

Teriyaki Tempeh Vegan Jerky | Feed Your Skull

I think they are the perfect snack for school, work, road trips, hikes, and even a bike ride. My plan is to pair them with plump medjool dates and bananas for a fast easy to carry snack. One that will stand a good jostle in the back pack and not get smooshed to smithereens. Sorry peanut butter and jelly.

Tempeh Fun Facts:

  • Originated on Indonesia’s island of Java
  • Java’s main protein source—I would love to try their preparations
  • Fermentation process of the soy carbohydrates renders them more digestible
  • Use a cheese grater to transform it into tempeh ‘crumbles’
  • Made from whole soybeans combined with spores from the fungus Rhizopus oligosporus
  • It’s existence is serendipitous when discarded soybeans caught the above mold spores and were discovered to be edible—imagine ‘discovering’ that something was edible

Other Vegan Jerky Sources:

  • Sprouted organic tofu
  • Young coconut meat
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Seitan
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini

Teriyaki Tempeh Jerky | Feed Your SkullDo you remember eating jerky? Did you have a favorite flavor? My favorites were teriyaki and peppered.

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