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How to Cook Beef Tongue

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 3 lbs
Calories: 9kcal
Author: Shinee
Cooking beef tongue is so simple, yet you'll get melt-in-your-mouth tender, flavorful meat, perfect as appetizer, or added to any quick meal.
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  • 1 beef tongue about 3lbs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 dried bay leaves


  • Wash and scrub, if necessary, the beef tongue.
  • Place it in a large pot and fill it with water to cover. (I use 5.5qt dutch oven.)
  • Add salt, peppercorns and bay leaves.
  • Bring it to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 3 hours.
  • Remove the tongue onto cutting board and cool until safe to handle.
  • Peel the outer skin (it should come off pretty easily) and discard.
  • Slice the meat and serve. Leftover meat can be stored in the fridge for a few days, or frozen in an airtight container.
  • Beef tongue is great as an appetizer with cucumbers and tomatoes, or in stir-fries, in tacos, salads. You can also grill the cooked beef tongue for additional flavor.


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2326mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg