Many people think that the keto diet is expensive, but that’s not true. There are plenty of keto-friendly cuts of meat that you can find at your local grocery store- for very affordable prices.
One of these cuts is beef tongue. In some cultures, the beef tongue is considered a delicacy – and it’s very popular. While in some other countries, it’s rarely eaten.
If you are wondering how to prepare beef tongue – you came to the right place! In this recipe, I will show you how to cook beef tongue in the oven so it is tender and delicous.
But first, let’s understand what a beef tongue is, and why cooking it in the oven is a great idea.
Is Beef Tongue Healthy?
The beef tongue is a muscle located in the front part of the cow’s head. It is a long, thick, and muscular organ that is used to help the cow eat and chew its food.
The tongue is also used to help the animal drink water. Cows also use their tongue to groom their growing calf.
Now regarding beef tongue nutrition- it is very fatty and rich meat. It is often considered a delicacy in some cultures. The tongue can be cooked in many different ways. It typically contains 20-30% fat – making it ideal for keto and other high-fat diets.
Beef tongue is also rich in protein, B-vitamins, and minerals such as iron and zinc. It’s a cheap and easy way to add extra protein and nutrients to your keto diet.
How To Cook Beef Tongue?
There are many ways to cook beef toung. Most beef tongue recipes tell you to boil it. Typically, it cooks for 3-4 hours this way. You can also fry it, braise it, or even grill it – but first, you need to slow cook beef tongue to tenderize the meat.
But I think that the best way to cook beef tongue – is in the oven. Here is why I use the oven for this recipe for cow tongue :
- The oven produces a more intense flavor, as the juices from the tongue will be concentrated during the cooking process.
- The oven provides more even heat, so the tongue will cook evenly.
- You can easily control the cooking temperature, so the tongue will not overcook or undercook.
- Much easier and takes a bit less time. there is no need to boil the meat, then change the water, and then let it boil again
When I tell people that I make beef tongue in the oven – they usually look at me surprised, because it’s rare to see this dish cooked this way. But once they taste it – they all agree this is the best tongue recipe.
But I promise, if you try this beef tongue recipe- you will love it! It comes out tender and juicy, with a deep, rich flavor. It’s cheap, delicious – and perfect for keto! Try cooking cows tongue and you will be pleasantly surprised!
How Long To Cook Cow Tongue?
When preparing the dish in the oven (like I suggest in this beef toungue recipe)- it typically takes around 3-4 hours to cook. It depends on the size of the tongue as well as the oven temperature.
Cooking beef tongue for shorter times (for example – an hour) – is not a good idea. This is because the tongue is a muscle and needs time to become tender.
But if you are short on time – try using a pressure cooker. In that case, it would be much quicker. But, from my experience, it’s better to cook it low and slow so the meat becomes tender.
- 3 pounds Beef tongue
- Salt and your favorite seasoning
- Place the beef tongue in an aluminum baking tray without removing any skin.
- Add your favorite seasoning, or just salt as I do this time.
- Add two cups of water.
- Cover with aluminum foil. Ensure that the foil is tightly sealed around the edges of the dish to create an air-tight seal.
- Cook in the oven for 4 hours at 180C (360F).
- After four hours, remove the tray from the oven and let it sit on the countertop (without removing the aluminum foil) for 30 minutes (this is optional but will make the meat even more tender). Enjoy!
Comment below and let me know what you think of this recipe.
What Does Beef Tongue Taste Like?
Some people say beef tongue has a more unique flavor compared to other beef cuts. Others say it has a similar taste to other organ meats. If cooked long enough, it’s very tender and melts in your mouth.
If you like fatty and tender cuts of meat, make sure to try this cooked beef tongue recipe! I am sure you will love it!
Beef Tongue Seasonings
In this recipe, I only use salt as seasoning. You can add different spices like smoked paprika to enhance the flavor if you like. Adding liquid smoke is also a good idea, but remember – with liquid smoke, it’s important not to over-use it.
Adding eggs to the tray with the beef tongue is a also great idea. Eggs cooked for a few hours have a slightly different taste that I personally really like.
How To Clean Beef Tongue?
Just rinse it with water – and it’s ready for the oven. Once cooked, all you need to do is to remove the skin. Let the meat cool down (or use gloves), then peel off the skin.
It should come off pretty easily. If there are any stubborn spots, just use a sharp knife to remove them.
Where To Buy Beef Tongue?
Beef tongue is available fresh and frozen in most countries. I have found that the taste is almost the same, so buying frozen is a good way to save money.
I also found that imported frozen meat from countries like Paraguay is grass-fed (and this is also clear from the color of the fat). So, if grass-fed fresh meat is expensive in your country, buying imported frozen meat from other countries may be a good solution.
Smoked Beef Tongue
If you want to make smoked beef tongue, cook it in the oven for less time (about 2.5-3 hours), and then smoke it for about 2 hours. I persoanlly think this cut is better when it’s not smoked, but some people like it both ways!
Cooking In Bulk
If you have a busy schedule, I highly recommend buying a vacuum sealer machine. Cooking cows tongue in bulk amounts, vacuum sealing it, and freezing it- is a great idea!
That’s what I do from time to time. Sometimes, you don’t have time to prepare food. So instead of eating carbs as a quick solution, you can just open the freezer and microwave keto-friendly meats that are delicous.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you found it both informative and delicious. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.
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