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Beef Tongue Recipe

Pressure cooker beef tongue is tender, rich and moist. This cow tongue recipe is also incredibly easy to cook. If you’ve never made it before, learn how to cook beef tongue with only a few minutes of prep thanks to the Instant Pot.

If you don’t own a pressure cooker, no worries – you can cook it on the stovetop, the same way only cooking it longer.

Beef recipes using cow tongue. Image of tongue sliced with herbs and onion.

Looking for more beef recipes with the Instant Pot? You’ll love this Instant Pot Korean beef and rice, Instant Pot beef pilaf, and this pressure cooker beef stroganoff.

What does Beef Tongue Taste Like?

If you have never tried beef tongue before, you may be wondering what it actually tastes like. It tastes like any other cut of beef but has a melt in your mouth, soft texture. Of course, any flavor additives will add to the meat itself. However, once the meat is skinned, people compare the texture and flavor of boiled beef to a super tender shredded beef.

What is cow tongue in beef recipes used for?

There are many ways you can consume cow tongue. I personally enjoy it sliced cold on top of fresh crusty bread along with a mixture of mayonnaise and garlic, and sliced onion as an appetizer or light meal. You can substitute this beef in many recipes, particularly those that call for shredded beef (tacos, anyone?).

Beef tongue sliced and styled on a platter, topped with onions and herbs.

Ways to try this Beef Tongue Recipe

Some specific ways you can try tongue include:

  • In a taco – Shred the meat and serve in a corn tortilla with cilantro, diced onion and a drizzle of tomatillo sauce.
  • On top of a salad – There are many types of salads that this recipe would work well with – just sub out the tongue for your normal protein.
  • Within a stew – Mexican Lengua (tongue) stew is rich and you can customize it to add your favorite veggies like carrot, potato, and onion.
  • In a sandwich or wrap. Whether you eat the beef tongue hot or cold, it makes a perfect sandwich filler, especially with garlic mayo and onions.
  • Cold Cut tray: serve it along with other cold cuts as part of appetizers.

Beef tongue recipe with tongue cooked on top of sliced bread with onion.

Is Cow Tongue Safe to Eat?

Beef tongue is consumed all around the world. It is perfectly safe to eat, as long as it is properly handled and cooked, just like any other beef recipe.

Not only is it safe to eat, but it’s also full of nutrients that make it a healthy cut of meat. Beef tongue is high in B-12 and zinc. One 3-oz portion of the meat will give you your daily recommendation of B-12 and nearly half of your daily zinc needs.

Sliced beef tongue (cow tongue) on toast with herbs and sliced onion

How to Cook Beef Tongue Recipe

This is practically a no-fail method of cooking tender, tasty tongue. The Instant Pot is a phenomenal tool to have in your kitchen, especially when it comes to tougher meat in beef recipes.

To cook tongue in the Instant Pot, you simply need to combine onion, carrot, salt, pepper in an IP pot full of water. Add the tongue and cook for about 90 minutes. After it de-pressurizes and the meat cools, peel it and you are done—you’ve just created a beef tongue recipe in the pressure cooker.

Cooked beef tongue with sliced onions and herbs

How Long is Beef Tongue Good for?

Just like any other beef recipes, this meat will last about four days in the fridge in an airtight container.

Can you Freeze Tongue?

If you want to make your beef tongue recipe last even longer, you can freeze a portion of it. Put the tongue in an airtight freezer bag and squeeze all the air out. Freeze it flat and label the bag with the date—for best texture and flavor, consume it within 3 months.

How to cook beef tongue. Sliced tongue on a platter with herbs, sliced onions and toast

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Instant Pot Beef Tongue

Sliced Beef Tongue on a plate with Onion and Herbs.
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Tender, moist beef tongue only takes minutes to prep thanks to a pressure cooker. Learn how to cook beef tongue the easy way.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: beef, beef tongue, instant pot beef
Calories: 334 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 4 pounds Beef Tongue
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt


How to Make Beef Tongue in the Instant Pot

  1. Add the beef tongue to the pressure cooker, then add enough water to over it by 1 inch, about 4 qts.

  2. Cover the Instant Pot with a lid and turn the steam valve to "sealing". Turn the pressure cooker to "Manual" and "High" heat for 90 minutes. Once the time expires, allow the Instant Pot to naturally depressurize for about 20-30 minutes, then open the lid.

  3. Remove the tongue out of the cooking liquid and wait until the tongue isn’t too hot to handle then peel off the skin, cut into slices and serve.

How to Make Beef Tongue on the Stovetop

  1. If you do not have an Instant Pot, you can make this recipe by adding all ingredients to a large stockpot. Keep it at a simmering temperature for about 2.5 hours with the lid vented open slightly. Then allow the tongue to cool, peel and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef Tongue
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 1547mg67%
Potassium 638mg18%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1045IU21%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sandra Amiethyst

    We used your recipe in a Cosori pressure cooker. Our tongue turned out perfect!! Thank your!!

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  • Anna

    Beef tongue is my biggest weakness. If you, guys, have never tried it, just do it. It’s amazing!
    The beef tongue tastes much better than meat. I always add some bay leaf in the water, it gives an exquisite taste to the tongue (to all meat dishes, by the way). It’s so tender and moist… Mmm I’m drooling! Also, it’s really nutritious: it’s rich in zinc and vitamin b12.
    I’ve never tried to make it in a pressure cooker, but I’d like to try b’cause boiling it in a pan is so time-consuming (nearly 4 hours, brr)
    I usually serve it for Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve one. Perfect appetizer!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, Marina! Sure it’s added to favorites!

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  • Zachary

    How much time should I add if it is frozen? Thanks

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    • I would may be add 10 more minutes. If after cooking you open the pot and try it, it’s still not as tender as you want, just close the lid and seal it then cook for additional 10 minutes. Make sure to allow at least 25 minutes if natural pressure release each time the timer goes off.

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  • Zach

    Do you know how much cook time to add if the tongue is frozen? Thanks

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