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Information for Tongue

Cut Ratings

Flavor 3 star rating
Tenderness 3 star rating
Value 3 star rating
Leanness 4 star rating

Typical Cooking Methods

Braise, Roast

Other Names for Tongue


Good Substitutes for Tongue

Ox's tongue, Calf tongue

Traditional Dishes for Tongue

Lengua de Res, Tongue Salad (Tunge Salat)

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Description of Tongue

Beef tongue is not something many people are interested in eating but this miscellaneous cut might surprise you. It is a common and popular dish in many different cuisines. Once cooked it looks like just another delicious beef cut.

The cow's tongue has a prickly outer skin that is removed by a multi-step process. You start by soaking it in cold water for several hours. Then trim the fat and cartilage. Afterwards you should let it boil in salted water with vegetables of your preferences. When it is tender, let it cool in the stock. Then you can simply skin it.

Now you can cook the beef tongue whatever way you like. Not only are main dishes made out of tongue but also side dishes like picked tongue and sauces.

Surprisingly the consumption of tongue can be dated back to the Paleolithic hunters. The beef tongue is popular in the following cuisines- German, Portuguese, Persian, Korean, Japanese and many more. In North America, this cut is also used for sandwiches, casseroles and tacos. This is why you will find a variety of recipes to cook the tongue in. Other animals' tongues can be used in place of beef tongue, if you can't find beef tongue in your store.

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