Looking to find a great recipe for Beef Kidney? Unsure how to cook this unique tasting and textured organ meat? You have come to the right place.
Here is our guide to our Top 4 Recipes for Beef Kidney which are all very popular and extremely easy to make along with guidance on how to prep kidneys and where to buy them. Lets get to it!
How to Prep Beef Kidney
When preparing a beef kidney recipe, you may first want to remove the “kidney smell.” Although, a really fresh kidney should have a very mild scent and no whiff of ammonia. You can still thoroughly clean the organ meat if that puts you at ease.
- Steep the kidney in cold, salted water (approximately 2 tablespoons of salt per 2 cups of water) for at least 45 minutes.
- Add a dash of apple cider to the mixture before tossing in the organ meats. The acidic ingredient reduces any pungent taste and provides further health benefits, such as increased content of B Vitamins.
Another common alternative is to soak the kidney in milk. The pH-neutral liquid helps remove residual odor, softens the texture, and neutralizes the organ’s flavor.
For best results, allow the kidneys to soak for an hour to an hour and a half when using milk.
Many people also choose to boil their kidneys before cooking, whether grilling, baking, or pan-frying the offal. While this is not always necessary, it does contribute to minimizing the “kidney smell” and occasional pungent flavor.
Too intense of an odor in Beef Kidney may indicate the organ is not fresh. Considering many suppliers treat organ meats like Kidney as an after-thought, this is not surprising.
Finally, when prepping your Beef Kidney , we always advise leaving the white Suet in your recipe as it adds both flavor, fat and a wide range of fat soluable vitamins A, D, E and K. The benefits of beef suet are numerous so please do keep this in your dish.
Image: Showing Suet on underside of Beef Kidney. We advise including in your beef kidney recipe.
There are many Health Benefits to Eating Beef Kidney and once prepared and cooked right, it is a highly versatile and delicious organ meat to incude in your diet.
Where To Buy Beef Kidney
Depending on where you live in the United States, finding beef kidneys on the shelves at your local grocery store may be challenging. However, various specialty butchers and meat markets have beef liver, beef kidneys, and other organ meats stocked.
For an even easier alternative, purchase beef kidneys from trusted online butchers like TruBeef Organic. Our organic, grass- fed & finished beef kidneys are high quality, tasty, extremely fresh and an excellent way to get started with nose-to-tail eating.
Plus, getting meat and beef kidney delivered straight to your doorstep is extremely convenient so you have everything you need to make a nice recipe for beef kidney at your door.
How To Cook Beef Kidneys
Now that we covered preparation and where to purchase beef kidneys, we can get into how to cook them perfectly. Organ meats can seem intimidating to work with but trust us, it is much easier than it appears and the health benefits are tremendous.
Without further ado, here is our Top 4 recipes for beef kidney to make at home.
Recipe For Beef Kidney # 1: Pan Fried Beef Kidney
Pan-fried beef kidneys are super delicious and the easiest recipe for beef kidneys.
- First, you will want to dice your raw beef kidneys into bite-sized chunks.Include and dice up the small whitetuft on the kidney also..this is Suet.
- Next, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter or ghee to a frying pan to add flavor and moisture. Cook to medium, which usually takes around 8 minutes.
- Sprinkle it with Sea Salt and enjoy!
- The texture of pan fried kidneys should be similar to that of sea scallops
- Utilize the white flaky fat on the underside of the kidney - this is pure beef suet, is extremely healthy and loaded with fat soluble vitamins, such as Vitamins A, D, E, and C.
- Beef kidneys are also a great source of iron and protein, making them even more ideal for those on a carnivore diet or paleo diet. These essential nutrients, paired with a great flavor, make this simple dish a must-try.
Recipe For Beef Kidney # 2: Devilled Kidneys
Devilled kidneys are a classic Victorian British breakfast meal recipe for beef kidneys. It features beef kidneys cooked in a spicy sauce, a process known as “devilling.”
We see this cooking method employed often with “devilled eggs,” which are often served for Easter dinner, among other special (and not so special) days. While traditionally, the recipe calls for lamb kidneys, you can achieve a similar effect using beef kidneys.
How To Make Devilled Kidneys
- Clean and trim the beef kidneys to your liking. Then, cut them into halves or quarter-sized pieces so they are easier to cook and eat later.
- Combine flour with black pepper, cayenne (use paprika if you want a milder flavor), dijon mustard, and salt. Lightly coat the beef kidneys in the flour mixture before cooking them.
- Place 3 tablespoons of butter on a hot frying pan. Keep a high heat on and brown the kidneys in the pan, which takes approximately 2 and a half minutes per side. Since the kidneys may arch upwards when cooking, you will want to keep a spatula handy to press them down to guarantee an even browning.
- Add a generous splash of Worcestershire sauce to the saucepan. Ensure everything is mixed together well by shaking the pan or using a spatula. Allow the kidneys to continue cooking for another 1 to 2 minutes per side until a nice medium doneness and pink in the middle..
- Remove the cooked kidneys from the pan and let them rest several minutes before serving.
- Pair the devilled beef kidneys with crunchy, toasted bread, and enjoy!
Devilled Kidneys is a classic, simple and healthy recipe for beef kidney and well worth trying.
Recipe For Beef Kidney # 3: No Crust Steak and Kidney Pie
Steak and kidney pie is flaky, hearty, and finger-licking good. The filling contains diced ground beef or steak and kidney meat, onions, and a rich gravy lumped together in a golden-brown pie crust. Spice-wise, herbs like salt, black pepper, thyme, and rosemary pair well with the offal.
Much like devilled kidneys, this iconic offal casserole recipe dish was first served in the United Kingdom hundreds of years ago.
Today, the dish remains among the most popular meals served throughout the nation, slowly increasing in popularity worldwide. Go to any English premier league football game and you will be served this iconic recipe for beef kidney!
Our no-crust version of the traditional steak and kidney pie recipe is perfect for those with a keto, carnivore diet, or API diet.
Simply omit the pie crust, creating more of a casserole-type dish that is super easy to recreate using your slow cooker, stovetop, or instant pot.
How To Make No Crust Steak and Kidney Pie
- Clean and trim the beef kidneys to your liking.
- Dice your beef kidneys and steak into bite-sized chunks (about ½ to 1 inch thick). Place them in a bowl and add flour, black pepper, and salt. Toss to coat each piece of beef in the flour mixture thoroughly.
- Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a dutch oven or large saucepan on medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, add diced onions and saute them until they appear translucent. Then, toss in your meat.
- Once the meat has browned a bit, add diced carrots to the pan. Let the carrots soften for around 5 minutes. Add beef or vegetable stock to the mixture, stirring to combine. You may also incorporate fresh herbs to taste, such as thyme or rosemary.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and adjust the heat to low. Cover the dutch oven or pan, allowing the stew to cook low and slow, which is ideal for tenderizing the offal.
- Let the stew simmer for approximately an hour and a half before removing the lid to stir. Add in any additional herbs or salt and pepper at this time. Then, allow the mixture to cook for another 30 minutes, stirring regularly in between.
- Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to rest before serving. You can serve it on its own or toss it into pie crust like the original English steak and kidney pie recipe.
Recipe For Beef Kidney # 4: Boiled Beef Kidney
Last but not least, let’s go over how to make delicious boiled beef kidneys.
We regulalry boil beef kidneys in beef broth for added flavor then toss in some noodles for an incredibly healthy meal.
As we mentioned earlier, many chefs and home cooks like to boil their beef kidneys before cooking them during the preparation stage.
Although, you may not have realized that simply boiling the beef kidneys can produce tasty results. In addition, it is the most straightforward recipe for beef kidney you will find on this list (and well, anywhere).
How to Make Boiled Beef Kidney
1.First, bring a pot of salted water or beef broth to a boil. We also suggest adding a drop of red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if that is all you have on hand) to minimize the offal’s natural taste even more. This will be guaranteed if you follow through on the previously mentioned preparation steps. However, you should not add it to the water until before adding the beef kidneys.
- Once the kidneys are in the pot, let them boil for ten minutes to attain medium doneness. For well-done, you will want to leave them for twelve minutes. In our opinion, beef kidneys (and just about all beef products!) are best when served medium, giving the perfect balance between juicy and charred.
- Done! Serve with some fresh onions and a squeeze of lime juice or hot sauce. The mouthfeel/texture of boiled beef kidney will be like sea scallops with plenty of ‘bite’.
- Boiling Beef Kidney in beef broth makes a great base for an asian style beef kidney and noodles dish. Once boiled in the broth, just add noodles for 5 ins and serve with spring onions, cilantro and lime juice.Delicious!
A super simple recipe for beef kidneys that anyone can do!
Summary : Recipe for Beef Kidney : Top 4
- Prep Beef Kidney by steeping in a bowl of water with vinegar or milk.
- Good quality fresh Kidney should have little to no odor when raw.
- We suggest you include the small white tuft on the underside - this is Suet which is rich in fat soluable vitamins A,D,E and K.
- Here is our Recipes ofr Beef Kidney Top 4 : Panfried Keef Kidney , Devilled Kidneys, Steak and Kidney Pie (no crust) and Boiled Beef Kidney.