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Air Fryer Spicy Beef Jerky

Air Fryer Spicy Beef Jerky

Making air fryer spicy beef jerky at home is a convenient and flavorful way to enjoy a high-protein snack. This homemade beef jerky recipe is ideal for those who want a quick, tasty, and easy beef jerky recipe.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


  • 1 pound beef (top round or flank steak works best)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spicy beef jerky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for extra heat)


1. Trim the beef: Start by trimming any excess fat from the beef. This helps prevent spoilage and ensures even drying.

Trimming excess fat from beef on a cutting board

2. Slice beef for jerky: For best results, slice the beef against the grain into thin strips, about 1/4 inch thick. Uniform slices ensure even cooking and texture.

Slicing Beef for Jerky

Marinating the Beef:

3. Prepare the beef jerky marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using).

Mixing Beef Jerky Marinade

4. Marinate beef: Place the beef strips into a ziplock bag or shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the beef, ensuring all pieces are well-coated.

Marinating beef strips in a ziplock bag with marinade

5. Overnight marination: Seal the bag or cover the dish, and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, for optimal flavor.

Air Frying the Jerky:

6. Arrange the beef: Lay the marinated beef strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Avoid overlapping to ensure even cooking.

Arranging marinated beef strips in an air fryer basket

7. Air fryer settings: Set the air fryer to 160°F (71°C) and cook for 1-2 hours. Check the jerky halfway through and rotate the strips for even drying.


Cooking times may vary based on the thickness of the slices and the specific air fryer model. Always check the beef jerky for doneness; it should be dry and firm but still slightly pliable.

  • Author: Suborna Tanchangya
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Air Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 ounce
  • Calories: 116
  • Sugar: 2 grams
  • Sodium: 590 milligrams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 gram
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Protein: 20 grams
  • Cholesterol: 40 milligrams

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