Best Cow Heart Recipes
Liver tastes quite good when prepared correctly. However, many people don't explore beyond liver. If you're open to trying new things, try cow’s heart. There are various ways to gracefully ease into it. Start with chicken heart or mix ground cow heart with your hamburger meat.
How Does Cow Heart Taste Like?
The texture of cow heart is often described as similar to cow tongue, which means it can be a bit tough.
However, the heart doesn't have a strong gamey taste. Its neutral flavor is a great starting point to experiment with spices and marinades.
Cow Heart Cooking Methods
Flash cook when grilling or frying or it becomes leathery. Cut the heart into steak like cuts and flash cook between 30 - 45 seconds.
You can opt for slow cooking, similar to preparing stew meat. Using a crockpot is ideal for this method.
Cow Heart Nutrition
Cow heart contains fewer fat-soluble vitamins such as A, K, D, and E because of the organs low fat content. It is rich in the Vitamin B complex that helps with energy production, cell development, and supporting the immune system.
Cow heart is also abundant in CoQ10, a nutrient that aids in energy production, promotes heart health, and reduces oxidative stress.
Lastly, cow heart is rich in iron. Iron is essential for maintaining healthy blood, supporting energy production, boosting the immune system and supporting the cognitive function.
How Long Does Cooked And Raw Cow Heart Keep In The Refrigerator?
Between 1 to 3 days.
What To Look For When Selecting Cow Heart Meat
Meat source does play a role in nutrient density and quality. Fresh meat is generally considered preferable over frozen meat.
A 100% grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised cow is the top choice. These cows are raised on a diet of grass and open pastures. That’s a happy cow!
I would even prefer a non organic pasture raised cow over an organic grain cow. Getting meat from an animal that lived in it’s natural surroundings tend to give you a better quality meat that’s more nutrient dense.
Cow Heart Recipes
Grilled Cow Heart on Skewers
- 1 pound beef heart
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Skewers (metal or soaked wooden skewers)
- Rinse the beef heart under cold water and remove any excess fat or tough membranes. Cut the heart into bite-sized pieces.
- In a bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, dried oregano, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
- Place the beef heart pieces into a shallow dish or zip-top bag and pour the marinade over them. Make sure all the pieces are coated evenly. Cover the dish or seal the bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight for the best flavor.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Remove the beef heart pieces from the marinade and thread them onto skewers, leaving a small gap between each piece to ensure even cooking.
- Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until the heart is browned and cooked to your desired doneness.
You can use the above recipe and pan fry the beef heart. Tastes as good!
If you need more flavor, garlic sauce solves all problems.
Crockpot Cow Heart
- 1 pound beef heart
- 1 cup of beef stock
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
With Crockpot recipes you have the flexibility to experiment with spices and adding vegetables of your choice.
- Cube the heart. I don’t trim all of the fat. I leave some on there.
- Put into slow cooker
- Add beef stock
- Add the spices
- Add onion
- Slow cook between 4-6 hours on high