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Delicious Instant pot beef tongue

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Delicious quick and easy Instant pot beef tongue recipe for all lingua de res lovers. Juicy tender meat can be a great appetizer,  shred it for some beef tongue tacos or serve it as a full dinner meal over rice.

sliced beef tongue on the plate

Beef tongue is a very nutritious part of a cow and me and my kids are trying to eat it often. Growing up in Russia, this dish was a favorite weekend dinner for the whole family. We are eating all the beef parts, including oxtails, beef heart, beef liver and more.

Where do you buy beef tongue

Its not hard to find a beef tongue, at least here in California because of its popularity in Mexican cousin. Lingua de res tacos or burritos is what i usually order in Mexican restaurants in San Francisco anyways.  I learned how to cook lot of authentic recipes like Caldo de Pollo and Caldo de res. Pressure cooker helped me to safe a lot of time when making this  Caldo de Res in Instant Pot recipe.

a package of beef tongue

Making beef tongue in instant pot is easy

I am not a big fan of weird sauces or unusual flavors on top of the cooked beef tongue. All i added to the broth was salt, pepper a bay leaf. Occasionally i will add an onion or carrots. Vegetables will make the broth more flavorful.

How long do you cook beef tongue in a instant pot?

Coking time varies from 45 to 55 minutes, depending on the thickness and weight of the tongue. I had an almost 4 lb one so i cooked it under pressure on manual for 50 minutes and it was perfectly done. The skin peeled easily and the meat was very very tender and juicy.

With the beef tongue this big most likely you will have leftovers. I always use the beef tongue stock for making a soup couple days later and i make beef tongue tacos with leftover sliced beef tongue

raw beef tongue in instant pot with bay leaf on top

Instant pot leftover beef tongue soup

In my childhood, my mom would just add some onions and potatoes to the broth and simmer it until done. Beef tongue broth makes a very delicious soup. This time i only added noodles (i had udon) and simmer them right in the instant pot on saute mode for 11 minutes. I also chopped some leftover beef tongue and added it to the broth. My kids loved it! The broth is so rich and flavorful and the whole house smelled amazing.

Beef tongue instant pot tacos (tacos de lingua)

This is a delicious  dish so much loved by a lot a people. That what i usually order at the Mexican restaurants. Here you can find a good beef tongue tacos recipe, just skip the tongue boiling part.

sliced beef tongue

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sliced beef tongue on the plate
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4.55 from 22 votes

Beef tongue in instant pot

Delicious quick and easy Instant pot beef tongue recipe for all lingua de res lovers. Juicy tender meat can be a great appetizer,  shred it for some beef tongue tacos or serve it as a full dinner meal over rice.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Russian
Keyword: beef tongue instant pot, instant pot beeg tongue, pressure cooker beef tongue
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 205.94kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 4 lb beef tongue
  • 6 cups water enough to cover or almost cover the tongue
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 onion cut in quarters
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Rinse the beef tongue under the cold water. Add to the inner pot. Add water just to cover the meat. Add salt and pepper. Add haft an onion, you can leave it as is or slice it. Add bay leaf
  • Close and lock the lid. Cook on manual for 50 minute for a 4 lb beef tongue. 3lb probably will be cooked in 40 minutes.
  • Quick release. Carefully open the lid. Take the tongue out and let cool. Peel the skin, it should peel off very easy. Slice beef tongue and serve with scallions or cilantro on top. Serve it over white rice if desired.

Tools used in this recipe

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Calories: 205.94kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.9g | Protein: 32.23g | Fat: 7.16g | Saturated Fat: 2.51g | Cholesterol: 224.98mg | Sodium: 883.21mg | Potassium: 528.75mg | Fiber: 0.14g | Sugar: 0.23g | Vitamin C: 4.04mg | Calcium: 18.47mg | Iron: 7.84mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating


Sunday 18th of February 2024

I agree with another reviewer. The timing is way off. For a 2.8 lb. tongue at 40 min was not even close to being fully cooked and soft.

Jim B.

Friday 10th of November 2023

Can I smoke the tongue after it comes out of the Insta pot, and if so, what would flavor would be recommended hickory mesquite, or pecan or apple wood. planning on having a Mexican cuisine night. I would like to showcase this recipe.


Sunday 8th of May 2022

Oh my gosh!! I've been making tongue in my crockpot for years. It comes out fine, but peeling the skin off takes forever🥺 I found your recipe this afternoon and decided to use my Instant pot. Your recipe was so good that the skin practically fell right off It's a 4 pound tongue, and the skin came off in 4 pieces!!! Tongue was perfectly cooked too. I will print this out so I don't lose it. THANKS 🤗


Monday 9th of May 2022

thank you so much for trying my recipe!

Spelling Bee

Sunday 24th of April 2022

You spelled lengua wrong friend.


Friday 3rd of November 2023

@Spelling Bee, Thanks, sweetie!

Spelling You

Wednesday 1st of November 2023

@Spelling Bee, Bring it, kiddo.


Thursday 27th of January 2022

Insta pot for 40 minutes quick release looks done but not overdone tastes good but with a somewhat spongy texture is that typical thanks for the recipe