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The EASIEST Beef Kidney Recipe (Keto Carnivore)

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You’ll be mind blown by how good this easy beef kidney recipe is. It is very exciting to find organ meat recipes you actually want to eat! If you are interested in eating nose to tail carnivore diet recipes or like exploring healthy ways to add nutrient density to your diet, this 3-step stovetop dish is a great way to normalize the presence of organ meats in your home.

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An easy beef kidney recipe you have to try

Truth be told, kidney hasn’t received much attention in my nose to tail journey until a few months ago and I wish I hadn’t waited so long!

I’ve spent a good amount of time experimenting with different ways to make kidney.

From soaking to sautéing to braising to grilling, there are many different approaches to take. However, nothing can compare to the ease and simplicity of this keto carnivore kidney recipe.

These beef kidneys are more than just easy to make; they taste good too!

You might be as surprised as I was to learn this but it’s true! Without any fancy sauces or cooking technique and without trying to disguise them, kidney is right there in the open for all to enjoy.

Please tell me in the comments what you think of this dish. It’s the only way I make kidney now and feel like everyone should be talking about it! Do you love it as much as I do?

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Where to buy beef kidney?

A few decades ago, kidney could still be found in most supermarkets. Unfortunately, today they are not always so easy to come across.

Ethnic grocers (think Eastern European, Russian and Mexican markets) often sell kidney as do local butchers. Ask whoever stands behind the glass display case for an order of fresh kidney. If they don’t have any at the time, you may be able to make a custom order and have them source it for you.

If you prefer to shop online, I highly recommend grass-fed beef kidneys from US Wellness. They offer grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goat kidney.

As with most foods, seek a fresh source of the best quality you can access. Some people consume conventionally raised organ meats without any problems, however, I prefer to prioritize grass-fed organs.

How do I prepare and clean beef kidneys?

Little to no preparation is required before adding the kidney to the boiling water. Depending on how the kidney is sold to you and on your personal taste, you may or may not want to trim the central piece of fat.

My family prefers to leave on as much fat as possible. In fact, we playfully fight over the fatty bites. They are always the first pick.

To trim, use a very sharp knife and thin out the fat or remove it completely by cutting away carefully between the membranes of meat and the fat. Once removed, you will have a small piece of suet, which is prized for rendering into tallow. This cooking fat is excellent for steak, burgers and high temperature searing or frying. Save fat to cook with later.

How to Cook Beef Kidney

Cooking time may vary due to the size of kidney. I cook the average 16 ounce (454 grams) beef kidney for 8 minutes, extra-large ones may go for as long as 10 minutes. Lamb, sheep, and goat kidneys are smaller, typically I only boil them for 4 to 5 minutes or so.

Boiling beef kidney for 8 minutes cooks the outside while leaving the inside rare. For a well-done kidney, boil for as long as 12 minutes.

I recommend you stop early rather than continue longer and enjoy the tender inside. Kidney has a soft texture and flavor full when kept rare.

Most people find rare and blue rare meat digests better than medium and well done.

The more you cook kidney, the more it shrinks. As it condenses, it will become more firm. Overcooked kidney will be slightly rubbery. This texture is nothing like a tough piece of meat but you will need to chew it more and the flavor is noticeably blander.

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Do you have to soak kidney before cooking?

In many recipes, it is recommended to soak the kidney in brine prior to cooking. This draws out the “kidney flavor” and mellows the taste significantly.

I would do this for grilling or pan-frying but not in this recipe where we boil.

How do you make kidney taste good?

You boil the piss out of it!

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After boiling, the kidney tastes good. There is no hint of ammonia or potentially offensive smell or taste.

Maintaining a full boil is important for the entire length of cooking. Regulate temperature by adjusting the flame and setting the lid more or less cracked (open) to find the sweet spot of boiling but not boiling over.

Each stove is a little different. You will soon learn how to achieve this in your own kitchen. I cook on a medium burner and reduce the flame from high to medium-low once kidney is added. The lid gets cracks by about an inch or so after kidney is added.

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The best way to serve boiled kidney

To serve, simply cut in half, medallions or bite-sized pieces. I place the kidney on a small cutting board and cut it at the table. You can just as easily use a plate. Because the fat is in the middle, each bite may be slightly different. I find it is best to serve all pieces on a platter of sorts (in my case, a cutting board) and people can pick and choose what they want, piece by piece.

You may sprinkle quality mineral salt to taste, although I tend not to use any. A few pats of cold butter on the side are very complimentary.

Kidney is best as an appetizer or side to the main entrée. A large beef kidney can easily serve up to 4 people this way.

I’m sure you see how easily this recipe may be doubled if needed. You should look for a larger pot and add more water. Cooking times remain the same.

Are beef kidneys good for you?

Eating offal, also known as organ meats, is good for you in a number of ways. Beef kidney is

  • an affordable source of protein and fat-soluble vitamins
  • a respectful way to use all parts of an animal, leaving minimal waste
  • new and novel for most people, adding a sense of excitement to cuisine

One can argue that organ meats should be prized for many reasons.

I love using the combo of ground beef with liver, heart, and kidney premixed for me. It’s an easy way to get a great nutritional bang for your buck and super easy to add to any ground beef recipe without anyone giving it an “eww”.

Keto Organ Meat Recipes

If the above combo of ground meat and organs appeals to you, order some online or ask your butcher to make a blend for you.

The ground organ meat may be used as the main meat portion in any of these keto recipes (all are fantastic carnivore diet recipes too!)

Beef kidney nutrition

According to NutritionData beef kidneys contain significant amounts of bioavailable

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  • Protein
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6 and B12
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Copper
  • Selenium

Animal organs are known to be packed with nutrients! Once you know what to look for shopping and cooking is easy. Your wallet will thank you too!



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Easy Beef Kidney Recipe (Keto Carnivore)

You'll be mind blown by how good this easy beef kidney recipe for keto and carnivore diets is! If you want to eat more nose to tail, this 3-step stovetop dish is a great way to normalize the presence of nutrient-dense organ meats in your home.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Traditional
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 117kcal

Equipment

  • small pot with lid

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fill a small pot with enough water to submerge the kidney.
  • Cover and bring water to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Reduce the heat, add kidney and leave the lid cracked to allow heat to escape.
  • Boil for 8 minutes, monitor the heat so water does not boil over.
  • Remove from heat. Drain water and quickly rinse kidney under cool water if desired.
  • To serve, simply cut into half, medallions or bite sized pieces. Sprinkle with optional salt to taste and eat with cold butter ad libitum.

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Notes

The fat is excellent and should be left on.
Cooking time may vary due to size of kidney. I cook the average beef kidney for 8 minutes, extra large ones may go for as long as 10 minutes. Lamb, sheep, and goat kidneys are smaller, typically I only boil them for 4 to 5 minutes or so.
You want the kidney to boil for the full cooking time. Regulate temperature by adjusting the flame and setting the lid more or less cracked (open) to find the sweet spot of boiling but not boiling over.
Nutrition facts are for a 4 ounce serving of beef kidney; butter not included.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Beef Kidney Recipe (Keto Carnivore)
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 466mg155%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1584IU32%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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18 Responses

  1. Tonje
    | Reply

    I have never cooked with kidney before, but this looks so easy! Definitely one to try.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It is very very easy, give it a try. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised 🙂

  2. Pam Greer
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    We are getting a freezer load of grass fed beef soon and I am filing this away!! I had no idea what to do with the kidneys and this sounds perfect!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It will be perfect! Don’t be surprised if it is your new favorite 🙂

  3. Jenn
    | Reply

    I’ve heard all about the health benefits of eating organ meats, but have never tried. Your step-by-step instructions give me confidence to try it!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      This recipe is foolproof, you can do it!

  4. Mahy
    | Reply

    This is quite a rare recipe to find – I can tell you that. And the amount of details makes it really easy to follow it!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I’m trying to make it more normal 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to read the recipe. I hope you try it too!

  5. Tisha
    | Reply

    This is something I have never cooked with, but have heard great health benefits from cooking with beef kidney! I look forward to trying it!

  6. ChihYu
    | Reply

    Thank you for this recipe and information! It’s so good to know that this healthy meat can be easily prepared!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      So easy! Can you think of anything easier?

  7. Donny
    | Reply

    I actually love offal but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried kidneys…? So thanks for the recipe!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Give them a try! I bet you’ll be surprise how good they are boiled.

  8. StaceyCrawford
    | Reply

    I might just have to try this. I know it silly, but I still get squeamish about organ meats. My cat thinks it is silly of me, lol.

  9. Joey Milo
    | Reply

    Ive been eating kidney for a bit but never thought to boil. Does boiling do anything to the taste?

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      I think it has a very mellow taste when boiled. Boiled is my favorite way, in fact I don’t cook it by any other method.

  10. Renee
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    5 stars
    I’ve been eating high fat carnivore for 5 months, and while I enjoy liver and brain, I’ve looked at kidney recipes and decided it was too much bother. I’m really not interested in recipes where I have to soak the food item all day and trim and so on. I kept reading about how nutritious kidneys were though and so I finally bought one and stuck it in the fridge for a day when I had a whole day to mess with the thing. Then I did a search for kidney recipes one last time and immediately saw yours!

    Game changer time right here! Not only is this super quick and easy but it tastes sooooooo good. I really like the flavor when it is cooked this way. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Kidney has become my new favorite organ meat thanks to you! 🙂

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Renee, I am DELIGHTED to hear this! What a funny adventure you had with your first kidney. I’m so glad you persevered and gave it a try! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here in the recipe. You made my day!

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