How to boil Ox Beef Tongue? – Bovine Tongue

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Boiled Tongue tastes delicious and is easy to cook traditional East Indian snack. Serve as a side, appetizer, or even in a sandwich, and you’ll be a happy chappy!

One may think it’s the weirdest food, but tongue is eaten in many cuisines all over the world and is considered a delicacy too. In our East Indian culture, it’s everyday food. Well, we don’t eat it everyday, but we eat it every so often. It can be cooked in so many different styles.

Which tongue you ask? We used to eat cow beef tongue before the ban in Mumbai, India. But now we eat ox tongue. Ox tongue, neat’s tongue, or beef tongue is one and the same – a tongue of a bovine animal like a Bull or Ox. You can also eat pig tongue or pork tongue, though we haven’t tried that yet. At least not in the years I remember. The oldies say they have, but that’s them! Told them they need to make some for us so we can try it!

Although many people would say they don’t eat tongue cause they are grossed out by the looks of it, tongue meat is quite beneficial as it has quite a few nutrients. And although it looks the way it does, it tastes a lot like regular meat and not like offal. You know offal, the bits like the heart, liver, kidneys, stomach or gizzards, trotters, udders, testicles or lungs that are also eaten around the world and in India too.

One of the easiest methods of cooking tongue is to boil it. Here’s all you need to do…

What Ingredients Do You Need To Boil Tongue?

All you need to boil the tongue is the tongue itself, water, and salt. You can use cloves and cinnamon if you wish or even peppercorns and bay leaves for a bit of spice. We add these in different proportions every time.

How To Boil Tongue?

Start by washing the tongue to remove any stray bits of the outer skin from it.

Notes: 1. We generally buy ox tongue that has already been skinned, the butcher shop guys have a better way of removing it and sharper knives too.
2. Use either two small tongues of 0.6 to 0.8 kg or one large tongue of 1.2 to 1.4 kg.

Wash ox tongue in water.
Wash the tongue and remove any stray bits of skin

Place the tongue in a pressure cooker and add salt and water. Optionally for added flavour, you can add cinnamon and cloves as we have, or any other spices that you like. Make sure the water is level with the height of the tongue, and don’t forget to add salt! Add more water to suit your pressure cooker. It needs to have the tongue fully covered when you start.

Add clove and cinnamon to the ox tongue in a cooker.
Add spices to the raw tongue
Add water till the level of ox tongue.
Cover with water till the level of the ox tongue
Add salt to the tongue.
Don’t forget to add salt!

Allow the tongue to cook in the pressure cooker for about 20 minutes on high flame after the first whistle (in traditional cookers) or once it has reached full pressure (in modern cookers).

Cooked ox tongue in whole.
Cooked ox tongue

After resting for a bit, open the pressure cooker and let the steam out. Once the tongue cools, remove it from the cooker and cut it into fine slices. You can use these slices to serve as is or sprinkle with pepper or make sandwiches with butter and mayonnaise. Just delicious!

Cut boiled ox tongue into slices.
Cut boiled tongue into slices

Cooking Tips And Tricks

  • Add additional spices like cloves and cinnamon if you want more flavour in the tongue.
  • You could also add pepper, peppercorns or bayleaves.
  • The water level should be equal to the height of the tongue. So add more to suit your pressure cooker.

FAQ’s About Tongue

You can store the boiled tongue in an air-tight container for about 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator or about 3 to 4 months in a freezer.

Beef tongue can be made into many dishes like tongue sandwiches, roast tongue, or even corned tongue.

Yes, although it is not an internal organ, tongue is considered offal along with the heart, lungs, liver, kidney, stomach, feet, and brain.

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Cut boiled ox tongue into slices.

How to boil Ox Tongue? | Beef Tongue | Bovine Tongue

Boiled bovine tongue tastes delicious and is easy-to-cook traditional East Indian snack served as a side, appetizer, or even in sandwiches. You won't even realize it's offal!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Christmas, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meal Prep, Side Dish, Starters or Appetizer
Cuisine East Indian
Diet Gluten Free
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 260 kcal


  • 1 Beef Tongue Or Ox (See notes below.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2.5 Liters Water Add more to suit your pressure cooker


  • 6 Cloves (Lavang)
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks (Dalchini)


  • Wash the tongue to remove any bits of the outer skin.
  • Place the tongue in a pressure cooker with salt and water.
  • Optionally you can add cloves and cinnamon.
  • Allow the tongue to cook for 20 minutes on a high flame after the first whistle, that means after it reaches full rpesure.
  • Once done, allow it to rest till the pressure drops, then open the cooker and allow the tongue to cool.
  • Once cool, cut thin 0.5 cm slices of the tongue.

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  • Use either one large tongue weighing 1.2 to 1.4 kg or 2 small tongues weighing 0.6 to 0.8 kg. Either ox or beef will do.
  • Add cloves or cinnamon for additional flavour.
  • You could also put peppercorns or bay leaves.
  • The water level should be equal to the height of the tongue.
  • Add more water to suit your pressure cooker or instant pot.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 4mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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