How To Cook Ox Tongue

by Emily on October 30, 2010

Beef tongue? As far as cuts of meat are concerned, ox tongue is thought by many individuals to be one of the more difficult organs to have a go at eating. There is a cognitive barrier surrounding the reality of it that prevents most of the population from considering it as an option for dinner. But, after watching too many episodes of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, we decided to venture forth into the hitherto unexplored (at least for us) delights of dining on tongue. And the results were surprising…

Ox tongue is a palatable piece of meat! It is not really one of those ‘quick healthy recipes’ that cooks often look for – it takes ages to cook, but it is a nutritious meal. For example, tongue among other kinds of offal are comprised of large levels of protein. The extra advantage is that it is extraordinarily cheap to buy. You get a lot of meat for just a few dollars. And the leftovers make fantastic sandwiches for lunch the next day.

Go to your market, grab a beef tongue and give it a go. You will not regret it!

FYI…this recipe calls for quite a bit of salt and 2 beef stock cubes…not paleo, so you will need to omit or substitute your own ingredients for this.


1 Beef Tongue

1/2 cup Cooking Salt

2 cups White Vinegar….(I personally would go for apple cider vinegar)

1 tsp Barbecue Seasoning

1 tsp Cloves

2 Beef Stock Cubes…(I make my own stock)


Place the beef tongue in a large pot. Cover with cold water. Add 1/4 cup cooking salt and 1 cup vinegar. Place in the fridge and leave to soak overnight.

Remove ox tongue from fridge and drain. Rinse under cold water. Put back in pot. Cover with water. Add 1/4 cup cooking salt and 1 cup vinegar. Place over heat. Add Smokey Barbecue Seasoning and cloves. Crumble the stock cubes into the pot. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 4 hours.

Remove ox tongue from pan – if cooked sufficiently the outer skin should peel away from the tongue easily leaving your cooked ox tongue finished and ready to serve.

How do you actually ox tongue?   Here are a few sites with more ideas…some paleo and some not.  Try this healthy meal ideas for tongue, as well as other really simple recipes that you could try, at this site:

Grub’s Cooking Made Simple.

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