Howdy folks! 😊
So…Beef Kidneys. This dish is definitely an ‘acquired taste’ for many – but from the informal poll I did, there were more Lovers than Haters – so here we are with the recipe. I find Kidneys delicious and their ‘Rubbery’ texture does make for a very interesting mouth-feel. 😋
Like most organ meats, Kidneys have a strong mineral taste and smell. More so because of what they do. And THIS is the main objection folks have to eating them. 🙈 However, there are ways to counter this. 😊 By soaking the Kidneys ahead of cooking in a water & vinegar solution or plain milk, rest assured that any unpleasantness will surely be tamed. ✊🏽
After that, you’re ready to proceed to cook, grill, bake and fry this meat to your heart’s delight! Below is an easy and delicious recipe for what I’d call a Kidney stew, typically served in these parts with Nshima or Rice. I’m sure you’ll find it easy enough – and most importantly, delicious! 😋 Here’s what you’ll need:
Beef KidneysCourse: MainDifficulty: Medium
1kg Ox Kidneys
1 Green Pepper, diced
1 Red Onion, diced
1 Tomato, chopped
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
4 Cloves Garlic
2 1/2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Bisto or Gravy Thickener
Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Start by washing the Kidneys thoroughly, under cold running water. 😊
- Then trim off any excess fat, and remove the tough membranes in the middle. Also, cut the Kidneys into your desired pieces at this stage. I prefer to cut along the natural grooves and ridges, making for interesting odd shapes and sizes, for this recipe. 😊
- Now, this is the Magic step to get rid of that ‘Mineral’ taste and the famous ‘smell’ everyone complains about. 🙈
⛔️ In a large bowl combine 1 and a half litres of water with the vinegar, and soak the kidneys in this solution for at least 2 hours. You can also do this with milk for a shorter soaking time, but I was saving my milk for baking.😉
- After the soaking time is done, rinse the kidneys and drain off the excess water.
Heat the oil in a pan, and once hot, add the kidneys. Season with salt and pepper and cook until all the water evaporates and they begin to fry. 👩🏽🍳
- Once sufficiently brown, add to the pan the chopped onions, Garlic and Green pepper. Sauté together for about 5 minutes.
- Next, add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften before adding the tomato paste, soy sauce and chili (if using).
Altogether, cook for about 5 minutes. 😊
- 😊 Next, mix the the gravy thickener in a small bowl with about half a cup of water, and add that mixture to the pan. Stir well and allow the gravy to simmer for about five minutes.
After this, your dish is ready. 👌🏾
- Serve as desired with your favorite starch – such as Yellow Butter Rice or Nshima.
Had mine with Nshima and Veggies, and enjoyed the meal immensely! 😋