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 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.
What does Beef Tongue Taste Like?
If you have never tried beef tongue before, you may wonder what it 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 super tender shredded beef.
What is cow tongue in beef recipes used for?
There are many ways you can consume cow tongue. I enjoy it sliced cold on top of fresh crusty bread and a thin spread of garlicky mayo, 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?).
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 – 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 and other cold cuts as appetizers.
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.
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 the tongue in the Instant Pot, you simply need to combine onion, carrot, salt, and pepper in an Instant 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.
How Long is Beef Tongue Good for?
Just like any other beef recipe, 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. 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.
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Instant Pot Beef Tongue
Tender, moist beef tongue only takes minutes to prep thanks to a pressure cooker. Learn how to cook beef tongue the easy way.
How to Make Beef Tongue in the Instant Pot
Add the beef tongue to the pressure cooker, along with the salt, pepper, bay leaf, peeled onion, and carrots. Then add enough water to over it by 1 inch, about 4 quarts/adjustable]
Cover the Instant Pot with a lid and turn the steam valve to "sealing". Turn the pressure cooker to "Manual" and "High" pressure for 90 minutes. Once the time expires, allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally for about 20-30 minutes, then open the lid.
Remove the tongue from the cooking liquid and run it under cold water to cool it down slightly. Then peel off the skin, cut into slices against the grain and serve.
How to Make Beef Tongue on the Stovetop
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 slow simmer for about 2.5 hours with the lid vented open slightly.
How to check the tongue for doneness?
Pierce the tongue with a thin knife, if the knife goes in easily, remove it, run it under cold water for a minute, then peel and serve.
If the tongue is not easily pierced with a knife, continue cooking until it is easily pierced with a fork or a thin knife. Add more water to the pot as needed to keep the tongue submerged at all times.