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Paleo Ginger Cilantro Beef Tongue Salad

April 7th, 2014
Ginger Cilantro Beef Tongue Salad

I can just see your face now… furrowed brow, squinted eyes, and a crinkled nose. Beef Tongue? Eeeeeeek!

I made beef tongue for the first time today and I feel so empowered right now!

I feel like after this, I can make anything! Until the past year or two, I’d say that I was primarily a filet mignon type of gal, and the mere thought of animal parts such as tongue, tail, heart, etc. would freak me out.

You can EAT a cow’s tongue? I couldn’t even fathom…

However, since starting paleo, something in me changed.

For one, I started cooking real food. From elementary school to post-college, all I had ever ‘cooked’ was a cup of instant noodles.

Shows you just how much I cared about nutrition back in those days.

Nowadays, almost every meal I make is homemade (no take out, no ‘just add water’ products, no precooked/prepackaged meals), which means if I want to eat meat, I need to handle it, prepare it, and cook it myself.

I don’t want to sound all hippied-out but eating food from nature has definitely sparked in me an appreciation for animals and being more aware of where things come from.

From a previous post, I mentioned one goal was to eat animals from nose to tail if possible, and exploring various cuts of meat was the first step.

Whenever we go to the Santa Monica farmers market, our friend Hallee at Novy Ranches (where we get all of our grass-fed beef) will set aside something “interesting” for us to explore in the kitchen.

This week, it was this 2 lb cow tongue! What do we even do with it? Well for starters, you’ll need these


1 grass-fed cow tongue

2 tbsp sea salt (we love the stuff from AztecSeaSalt – Check them out)

1 tbsp whole peppercorns

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 onion or 1 leek, roughly chopped

2 red fresno peppers, diced

Steve’s Paleo Goods Ginger Cilantro sauce. All sauces are in the PaleoChef section. There’s a variety of different kinds and they’re all delicious! 

beef tongue lengua

Step 1: Put the cow tongue in a pot and fill with with water until the tongue is entirely submerged.

Add the salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and either the onion or leek.

Bring to a boil, then cover the pot with a lid and simmer on med-low for 2 hours.

Check after an hour to make sure the tongue is still submerged and add more water if needed.

Step 2: Remove after boiling the tongue for 2 hours (you may need to re-add water to make sure the tongue is covered the whole time).

Step 3: Let it cool down for 3-5 minutes before handling. Make an incision on the bottom of the tongue and peel off the skin with your fingers.

Step 4: Put it in the fridge to chill completely before slicing it up thin, about 1/4 of an inch.

Step 5: After it’s sliced, coat the tongue with the diced Fresno peppers and Steve’s Paleo Goods Ginger Cilantro sauce.

Steve's Paleo Goods

Step 6: Serve it up on a bed of greens and you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious salad.

Beef Tongue

As an alternative, you can also create an Asian cuisine dish by chopping up a knob of ginger, 2 red fresno peppers, 1 green onion, and soaking it in a small cup with 3 tbsp coconut aminos for 15 minutes in the fridge. Cover the sliced beef tongue with the mixture and enjoy!

Beef Tongue Lengua

Oh yeah, don’t throw out that broth after you’ve simmered the beef tongue in there for 2 hours. Save it, drink it, use it for other dishes, whatever. It’s terrific.

Lastly, cow tongue is a great source of iron, zinc, choline, vitamin B12 plus other B vitamins, and trace minerals.

It’s actually made up of mostly fat, thus making it one of the most tender cuts of beef you can find.

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Recipes and Photos by

Susan Tie,
The Paleo Secret Contributor
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  1. susan monk says:

    Here I am again – what is a free recipe sampler – could not find it – also – you – again – show a BOOK in the picture but then say digital copy – I have been trying all week to get a book like the one pictured. so – which is it?
    susan monk

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