cow tongue recipe

How To Clean Cow Tongue

You must be wondering why I am sharing cow tongue cleaning procedure with you today of all things? Well, I went to my butchers at the abattoir recently and I saw a pile of tongues on the side.

cow tongue recipe

People were coming in their numbers to buy every other thing but the tongue and some offal on show. It then occurred to me that people don’t buy them because of how tedious it is  to clean it. Trust me, it can be very tricky cleaning cow tongue but I have found a way of doing it without wasting my gas and precious time.

Growing up and I am sure many Nigerians/Africans  reading this will testify to it, our parents don’t dilly dally in the kitchen and yet they come up with the best of the best. Where am I going here? lol, I can’t cook cow tongue for over an hour or two because I want to clean it.

Cow tongue is very tasty and juicy, you can use it in any meal, many Nigerian soups, sandwiches and it works well on its own as well. No matter how long you decide to cook cow tongue for, the taste can never be compromised unlike some other parts of beef. Cleaning cow tongue can take between 20 minutes to 4 hours. I choose the first. I haven’t got all day to spend in the kitchen please.

Note: Cut cow tongue into steak to make it easier to clean

cow tongue recipe

What you will need

Cow tongue (obviously lol)

Hot Water

1tsp Salt

tongue recipe


Add cow tongue, salt and hot water to a bowl, place on a medium heat and cook for 15 minutes.

The outer layer would toughen once its in the water do not fret

Take it out of the hot water and peel the white thick layer off the tongue.

Now truth be told some of the white tough skin can be stubborn to peel, like in the image below simply get a sharp knife and scrape till clean. Repeat this process till you have exhausted the tongue steak.

cow tongue recipe

Place the cleaned tongue in a bowl and rinse till clean.

Cow tongue is ready to use but not ready to eat. Cleaned cow tongue can be placed in the freezer for up to 3 months. Use up as desired

cow tongue recipe

Don’t forget to leave me a feedback when you try this tricky yet easy cow tongue cleaning procedure. Thank you for stopping by and see you on my next post.




  1. Michael Kwao Tetteh

    Really good food. pls i needthe recipe for palm nut soup.

  2. I’m from the south, Louisiana, my mother cook tongue. I did learn to boil the tongue for easier cleaning, we stuffed it with garlic and seasonings. Make a great rusty gravy over rice. Yum.

  3. What if i forgot to wash tongue off before o cooked it? Can i still eat it once its done?


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