Buttered Beef (Cow) Tongue – Pan Seared

Melt-in-your-mouth beef (cow) tongue, pan seared in butter on the stove top. Easy, simple recipe for a delicious main course meal for the whole family.

Beef / cow tongue in pressure cooker or instant pot recipe

Let’s make beef tongue, but let it be buttered and quick. It’s even quicker if you have your beef tongue precooked from the night before. If you have a pressure cooker (or Instant Pot), check out my recipe for a melt-in-your-mouth pressure cooker beef tongue. It’s so easy and quick that I’m sure you’d be delighted (as I usually am on a busy weekday).

Ingredients and Substitutions

  1. Precooked beef tongue – recipe can be prepared with pork or sheep tongues too
  2. Butter – a must
  3. Salt – to taste, always
  4. Parsley for garnish

How to cook buttered beef tongue?

1st: Cut precooked beef tongue in thin, equal slices. Preheat non-stick pan and add butter.

2nd: Sear on each side in butter until golden on medium (to high) heat. Sprinkle with salt and minced parsley. Serve

What to serve with buttered beef tongue?

I prefer to serve it with a vegetable side or a simple salad. Here are a few suggestions from my kitchen:

Beef / cow tongue in pressure cooker or instant pot recipe
Beef / cow tongue in pressure cooker or instant pot recipe

Buttered Beef (Cow) Tongue

The European Dish
Pan braised melt-in-your mouth beef tongue with butter. Simple meal that goes well with all sorts of vegetable sides.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Bulgarian,, European
Servings 4 people


  • 1 kg approx. 2 pounds beef (cow) tongue, precooked
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • salt to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • Precook beef tongue in pressure cooker (Instant Pot) – here's my recipe, slow cooker or on stove top.
  • Cut precooked (with skin peeled) in thin, even slices. Preheat non-stick pan and place butter in to melt on medium heat.
  • Then, add beef tongue slices and cover with lid. Cook on medium heat for approx. 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden.
  • Serve immediately with a side meal of choice.
Keyword cow tongue, dinner, easy and quick, Instant Pot, keto, pressure cooker
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1 Comment

  1. Jackeline
    July 1, 2024 / 1:05 pm

    5 stars

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