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Instant Pot Beef Tongue. How to cook beef tongue in the instant pot pressure cooker. Perfect guide for learning the art of instant pot beef tongue as well as suggestions to make your braised beef tongue taste better.

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Instant Pot Beef Tongue

One of the best things about being a food blogger, is getting out of your comfort zone and trying new foods that you wouldn’t normally try.

Quite often we view food with our eyes and don’t bother trying something because we don’t like the sound of it.

Or that we tried it once, hated how it turned out and never gave it another try.

If I didn’t have Recipe This, I wouldn’t have tried slow cooker gammon in coke, air fryer leg of lamb, slow cooker rabbit ragu or slow cooker venison stew.

Therefore, a few months ago when one of my readers asked me to make instant pot beef tongue I jumped at the chance.

It sounded different and something I knew I had never tried before.

What would beef tongue be like I wondered.

Dominic said he hated it as a kid, but an instant pot would do a much better job.

We headed out to the butchers pre-ordered beef tongue and was excited about how beef tongue in the instant pot would turn out.

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What Is Beef Tongue?

Beef tongue, also known as ox tongue, is a recipe made from the tongue of a cow. There are many ways to cook beef tongue, but all focus upon cooking the beef tongue enough so that you can easily remove the skin.

Why Eat Beef Tongue?

Beef tongue is a cheap cut of beef that is easy to cook. You are seasoning the tongue, cooking it, removing the skin, and slicing.

As along as the beef tongue is braised so that it is not tough, then it can be a delightful food.

Prior to the 1960’s beef tongue was often in the daily diet, but nowadays it has been forgotten about it many countries.

What Does Beef Tongue Taste Like?

Beef tongue tastes like a fatty cut of meat. Think of the beef shin or lamb shank that has been sliced once it has been cooked.

Rather than when you cook lamb shank and it falls off the bone. Its eating it about 30 minutes before it falls off.

Or when you buy sliced cheap meat from the deli and those thin slices of cheap meat you buy are often tongue as its more economical for the supermarket.

Instant Pot Braised Beef Tongue

If you do want to cook beef tongue, then the best option is to make instant pot braised beef tongue.

It is like when you braise meat for a stew, but instead you are slicing the meat once cooked.

There is not much to the beef tongue recipe and its very much a dump the ingredients into the instant pot. But when you do slice your beef tongue you will be amazed by how tender it is.

How To Cook Beef Tongue In An Instant Pot?

instant pot beef tongue step by step

Cooking beef tongue in the pressure cooker is EASY.

  1. Sauté onions, carrot, celery with butter in your instant pot.
  2. Season your beef tongue and load into the instant pot.
  3. Submerge the beef tongue with enough stock so that it is covered.
  4. Place the lid on the instant pot and pressure cook.
  5. When it beeps manually release pressure and remove the skin once it is cool enough to touch.
  6. Slice and serve.

How Long Do You Cook Beef Tongue In A Pressure Cooker?

The cooking time for beef tongue in a pressure cooker is 90 minutes. This ensures that you have a tender beef tongue and not a chewy one.

Note that beef tongue is very high fat and needs braising just like braising steak does.

How To Cut Beef Tongue?

Wait about 5 minutes for your beef to cool down after you have removed the skin. Then using a chef’s knife, carve your beef tongue into chunky steak size slices. It can then be loaded onto your dinner plates and served for dinner.

What Goes With Beef Tongue?

Beef tongue is a cheaper way of cooking roast beef. Imagine everything that you would normally cook with roast beef will go well with beef tongue.

You can keep it simple like we did and have a side of instant pot broccoli. It works perfectly as a quick weeknight dinner.

Or push the boat out and serve beef tongue with air fryer Yorkshire puddings, air fryer roast potatoes and air fryer frozen vegetables.

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Instant Pot Beef Tongue

Instant Pot Beef Tongue. How to cook beef tongue in the instant pot pressure cooker. Perfect guide for learning the art of instant pot beef tongue as well as suggestions to make your braised beef tongue taste better.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings: 4
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Instant Pot Beef Tongue Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Beef Tongue
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Celery Sticks
  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 2 L Beef Stock
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Peel and slice onion and carrots. Clean and slice celery. Load into the instant pot and sauté with a little butter.
  • Cancel sauté.
  • Season the beef tongue and sit over the carrot, celery, and onion. Chop the last of the butter and lay it over the beef tongue.
  • Add approximately 2 litres of beef stock so that the beef tongue is completely submerged.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and set the valve to sealing.
  • Pressure cook for 90 minutes on meat/stew.
  • When it beeps manually release pressure and place the beef tongue on a chopping board. Allow to cool. When cool enough to handle remove the skin.
  • Then let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing into the thickness of a slice of steak.
  • Serve.


If you would like a beef tongue gravy – place into a blender the drained celery, carrots and onion and add 200ml of the liquid from the instant pot. Blend until a smooth gravy.
Instant pot beef tongue from frozen – We tried two beef tongues, one frozen one thawed. The frozen version tasted awful and was not in the league of the thawed. I recommend you always cook your beef tongue from thawed.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1129mg | Potassium: 1250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5659IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    this looks so.. good. I’ve be following your instant pot meat recipes and am always amazed by how juicy and tender the meat is.