Beef Jerky DIY. Modernist Cuisine inspired.


As cool as making beef jerky in the microwave might sound…. it really wasn’t for me. It would be great to have a way to eliminate moisture inside of it when drying things in it (here’s an idea, wouldn’t it be great to have a microwave that can circulate dry air into the cooking chamber?)… anyways, The constant opening and closing of the door to allow moisture out,  the fact that you can only work in very small batches plus the final texture might not be as appealing as it should, the meat reaches temperatures higher than it would in a dehydrator or in the oven if wasn’t paying close attention,, hence changing the final texture and flavor makes the microwave oven less than ideal for drying meats. Modernist Cuisine , I love the books but I respectfully think that home oven dehydration might still be although archaic, a yummier and better option, and for those who don’t own a dehydrator, the perfect solution. Maybe my microwave sucks which is very possible 🙂

The MC curing mix in the other hand…. is DELICIOUS to say the least!! Fish sauce, soy sauce, salt and sugar, that’s it. And if you are interested in more in depth and more scientific DIY beef jerky information, check this out:

Active time: 20 minutes
Inactive time: 3d+4h


Cutting board.
Non reactive baking dish.
Sauce pan to quickly boil the curing mix.
1 stove burner.
2 roasting pans to dehydrate the meat.


1000g flank steak, or chuck.

Curing mix:

250g Soy sauce or Tamari.
170g Fish sauce.
45g Sugar.
11g Kosher salt.


01: put meat in the freezer to harden it a bit, easier to cut.
02: prep curing mix. Boil it in the sauce pan for a minute.
03: pour mix into a baking dish, and cool in the freezer.
03: take meat out of the freezer.
04: cut it into strips along the grain 5mm thick. important.
05: once the mix is cold, place the meat strips in it.
06: make sure the meat is submerged.
07: place a plastic wrap over the baking dish.
08: place baking dish in the fridge for 3 days.
09: place on baking sheets over roasting racks.
10: dehydrate in oven at 185f for 3-5 hours, leave oven door open.
11: remove from oven, place over paper towels on cool baking sheets.
12: finish drying in fridge overnight.
13: vacuum seal and store. you can freeze it you like.

Place meat in curing mix
Place meat in curing mix
Cover with plastic wrap.
Cover with plastic wrap and let cure in the fridge for 3 days.
Dehydrate in the oven for about 3-4 hours.
Dehydrate in the oven for about 3-4 hours.
Check for dryness, Jerk should feel chewy and leathery, not crispy.
Check for dryness, Jerky should feel chewy and leathery, not crispy.
Here's a closeup of a finished piece.
Here’s a closeup of a finished piece.