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Fascinating Ways to Use Jerky in Your Recipes

Last Updated on October 26, 2023

Beef jerky is a popular snack eaten all around the world. It’s meaty, spicy, and full of proteins. However, munching on a piece of jerky the same old way could get boring for a lot of people. Hence, they try to look for ways to use jerky in recipes. 

But, in the array of flavors and dishes, where exactly would a jerky stand out? In this article, we will be sharing some cool ways to implement jerky in your staple foods to revolutionize your dishes. 

All of the Jerky used in the following recipes can be purchased at fatcatjerky.com so that you can get right into it without delay! Without further ado, let’s get on with it! 

Adding it in Salads

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You can turn your basic salad into a scrumptious one with jerky. When you are finished making your salad, add some jerky along with croutons in the mix. With its intense yet flavorful taste, it will turn your salad into a ride for your tastebuds!

How to cook: Choose a variety of leafy greens to serve as the salad bed such as lettuce, kale, arugula, and many more. Go on and pick your vegetables; avocado, tomatoes, olives, beans, etc. 

Add your desired protein and salad dressing. Lastly, decorate the bed of vegetables with crunchy croutons and add bits of garlic beef jerky for a special version of bacon bits. This gives your fresh vegetables a wholesome depth and textures that satisfy your palate!

Spicing Up an Omelet

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Are you bored having the plain-old omelet and want a change in your recipe? Add some jerky! Once you add your omelet mixture into the pan, add your favorite Kaimana Jerky along with your preferred toppings. The jerky will provide a blanket of flavor through the omelet without any extra effort! And its added protein will help you have a fulfilling breakfast.

How to cook: In a skillet, heat some oil or butter over medium-high heat. Whisk your eggs with some salt and pepper and gently pour the mixture on a pan. Next, add your desired filling, and finally, add the jerky on top. Cook until the edges start to set and flip the omelet to cook the other side.

As a Garnish in Deviled Eggs

Devilled eggs are pretty delicious on their own. But you can oomph up your dish by adding some jerky as a garnish. The creamy yolk combined with a chewy texture and a hint of spice is going to elevate your dish even more.

How to cook: Boil some eggs in a saucepan for 7 to 10 minutes. (depending on the size of the egg.) Remove from the heat and put it in an ice bath to stop cooking the eggs immediately. Peel off the shells and cut them in half. Next, take a spoon and scoop out the yolk. Mix in mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste, cayenne pepper or paprika for some spice, and chives for the herby green kick. Spoon the mixture on the egg whites and top it up with some Cajun beef jerky for extra meaty flavor and texture.

Using It In Soups

Soups are one of the, if not the most, healthiest foods. It is a blank canvas to add whatever flavor you like. For this case, you can use the versatility in your favor. You can add jerky to your soup base to make it taste meatier. Use the Original Beef Jerky as a quick protein source. The flavor of the beef will mellow through every sip of the soup, and it is one of the easiest ways to try out jerky!

How to cook: In a huge pot, cook your vegetables (onions, garlic, carrots, celery, mushroom, beetroots) with any cooking oil. After they soften, add your broth, the beef jerky, herbs, and the cooked vegetables and simmer it on low for 20-25 minutes. Now you can choose to blend it up or serve it whole. Either way, it is a hearty and wholesome meal, with added protein that is filling and healthy.

Placing It on Charcuterie Boards

Now, if you feel intimidated to cook with jerky, what you can do is use it on your charcuterie board. This is your canvas. Place whatever your heart desires: cheese, breadsticks, hummus, roasted vegetables, or nuts. The list goes on and on. This is one of the safest ways to get accustomed to the jerky’s flavor and texture and is cost-efficient depending on the type of good you add to it! 

Here are some elements you can add to your charcuterie board.

Something to pick the components up: Bread, crackers, pita, tortillas, and chips.

Jerky flavors: Garlic beef, spicy, and many more. 

Cheese: Mozzarella, Swish, Cheddar, Gruyere, etc. 

Nuts: Walnuts, cashews, pistachios, or walnuts.

Fruits: Raisins, dried apricots, cherries (helps in balancing out the spicy taste of the jerky). 

Don’t forget your pickles! The tart briny kick is necessary!

And there you have it, a charcuterie board guaranteed to tickle the taste buds of all your guests using simple ingredients! 

Replacing Bacon Dishes with Jerky

Jerky and bacon have similar textures which you can use as a replacement to most bacon dishes. Drop your old classic bacon bits and substitute them with jerky crumbles. It does contain twice the flavor and you can use it to strengthen any bacon dish. Jerky also contains less fat, fewer calories, and is filled with protein. So, you don’t have to deprive yourself of the bacon taste due to the extra fat. It can also leave you feeling fuller and healthier which is always a better option! 

Using It as a Bloody Mary Garnish

A jerky Bloody Mary is an ideal cocktail to accompany any side dish. Bacon and celery are commonly used as a garnish for a Bloody Mary. But, replacing it with jerky can improve the flavor a lot more! A Bloody Mary can be made using a range of spices like cayenne, paprika, and more. Since jerky has a blend of spices added into it, it can be the perfect garnish for your Bloody Mary. Your brunch has just gotten a whole lot more fascinating! 


You can mix and match different flavors of jerky and implement them in your everyday recipes. The possibilities are endless. Food is experimental, and when it comes to jerky, all you need is an inspiration. Try adding it in Italian pasta recipes or Korean dishes, or making your own creation. 

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About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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