How to Make Sun-Dried Beef Jerky

How to Make Sun-Dried Beef Jerky

Thai food alone could make the world go ’round — it’s that good! But have you ever tasted Thai beef jerky? You may see it listed as “neua dad deow” at your local authentic Thai restaurant.

Only a handful of restaurants in the U.S. serve Thai beef jerky. If you’re lucky enough to have access to Thai beef jerky, make sure to order a bowl of warm sticky rice to go with it. You won’t regret it!

For folks without an authentic Thai restaurant nearby, the good news is that you can make your own.

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Make Thai Beef Jerky at Home

The Thai phrase “neua dad deow” translates directly to “beef sunlight one.” Basically, it means beef that’s been sun-dried for one day. 

Choose the Right Cut of Beef

The jerky-making masters out there might be surprised that you actually want some fat on the meat when making sun-dried beef jerky.

One pound of round steak is a great choice. But you really don’t have to be choosy when selecting beef for this type of jerky.

Cut the meat into strips about 4 inches long, 0.5 inch wide and 0.25 inch thick. Now, put on your marinating hat!

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Mix Your Marinade

The great thing about making your own beef jerky is that you can really customize the flavor and nutrition. But if you want to stick to a traditional Thai beef jerky recipe, then gather these ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground pepper

Next, mix the ingredients in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Stick it in the refrigerator, and let it sit overnight. The next day, cover the beef strips with your delectable marinade and get to drying.

Dehydrate the Meat in the Sun or Oven

The next step is drying out the beef strips. We’ll go over the traditional method and then give you tips in case leaving meat out isn’t an option.

Drying Rack

Spread out the beef strips on your drying rack so that they don’t touch. Then, hang the rack in direct sunlight for one day.


Preheat your oven to 185℉. Then, arrange the beef strips on a baking tray so that they don’t touch. Leave the strips to dry in the oven for 4.5 hours.

Whichever method you use, just make sure the beef strips don’t touch or overlap!

Cook or Store for Later

Here’s a really cool part of this jerky-making method — you can freeze some meat for later.

If you prepared extra and want to stash some back, just seal it in a freezer-safe bag. Make sure to label the bag with the date so you’ll know when to cook the rest within one month.

Now, let’s get back to making jerky!

It’s time to fry the strips that you’re ready to eat. 

To use the traditional frying method, simply heat a thin layer of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add a beef strip to the pan. Let it fry until it appears cooked. If you prefer rare meat, don’t be afraid to pull it out a bit early to get the full Thai beef jerky experience.

If you have an air fryer, skip the skillet-frying method and go straight to your appliance. Set the air fryer to 180°, then fry the beef strips for 12 minutes.

Enjoy Your Latest Creation

Thai beef jerky goes great over a bowl of sticky rice. But like all beef jerky, you can take it with you on the go. Eat it as a little snack before and after the gym or sate your on-the-road cravings. However you decide to enjoy it, you’ll love Thai beef jerky!

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