Mushroom Jerky Recipe

As someone who loves experimenting with different flavors and ingredients in the kitchen, I’ve recently been exploring the world of mushroom jerky. This savory, chewy snack is a great alternative to traditional meat jerky, and it’s perfect for anyone looking to add more plant-based options into their diet. In this article, I’ll share my favorite mushroom jerky recipe and provide some personal insights and tips along the way.


  • 1 pound of your favorite mushrooms (portobello, shiitake, or oyster mushrooms work well)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: a few dashes of hot sauce for a kick


  1. Clean the mushrooms and slice them into thin, uniform pieces.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and hot sauce (if using).
  3. Place the mushroom slices into the marinade, ensuring that each piece is well coated. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for maximum flavor.
  4. Preheat your oven to 175°F (80°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Arrange the marinated mushroom slices on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. Bake the mushroom slices for 2-3 hours, or until they are dry and chewy, flipping them halfway through the baking time.
  7. Allow the mushroom jerky to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container for storage.

Once you’ve made a batch of this delicious mushroom jerky, you can enjoy it as a standalone snack, add it to trail mix for an extra burst of flavor, or even use it as a topping for salads and soups. The possibilities are endless!

Personal Insights:

I’ve found that using a variety of mushroom types adds depth to the flavor of the jerky. Portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture, while shiitake mushrooms offer a rich, earthy taste. I also enjoy experimenting with different marinades, such as adding a touch of liquid smoke for a more intense smoky flavor.


Creating mushroom jerky at home is a fun and rewarding culinary adventure. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or simply looking to expand your snacking options, this recipe is a must-try. Don’t be afraid to get creative with flavors and spices to make the mushroom jerky truly your own.