Microwaved Chile-Lime-Ginger Beef Jerky

For Father’s Day, Grace Parisi gave her husband a membership to a jerky-of-the-month club. But waiting four weeks for each delivery wasn’t easy. Making jerky at home is more immediately gratifying, especially when you use a microwave oven, which cuts the marinating and drying time to about 3 hours. You’ll only need a microwave bacon rack or two microwave-safe, silicone ice cube trays.


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  • Servings: Makes about 3 cups (4 ounces)


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced peeled ginger
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound flank steak, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick

How to make this recipe

  1. In a blender, combine the garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice and salt and puree until smooth. Add the lime zest and crushed red pepper and pulse to combine. Transfer the marinade to a large bowl.

  2. On a cutting board, using the tenderizer side of a meat pounder, lightly pound the steak strips to a scant 1/8-inch thickness. Add the strips to the marinade and turn to coat thoroughly. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours or refrigerate overnight.

  3. Arrange half of the flank steak strips on a microwave-safe bacon rack or over 2 inverted ice cube trays and cover them with dry paper towels. Microwave at high power for about 2 minutes. Repeat once or twice more (depending on the strength of the microwave), turning the steak strips once or twice, until they begin to caramelize and appear leathery. If the strips aren’t yet leathery, microwave them in 1-minute bursts at high power until they are. Transfer the beef jerky to a plate and repeat with the remaining steak strips.

Make Ahead

The beef jerky can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.

Contributed By Published March 2012

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