Do you want to try grass-fed beef, but feel unsure about how to cook it? We understand! When we began our switch to grass-fed beef for its health benefits and great flavor, we had a lot to learn. After some experimenting, we’ve come up with several helpful tips and tricks that will allow you to cook grass-fed beef (or lamb!) with confidence!
1. DON’T OVERCOOK Grass-fed beef or lamb is best at rare to medium-rare temperatures. If you prefer meat well done, cook at a low temperature in a sauce to add moisture. A slow cooker is ideal.
2. PRE-HEAT Always pre-heat the oven, pan, or grill before cooking grass-fed beef or lamb
3. ADD OIL Because grass-fed meat is low in fat, coat it with extra virgin olive oil or another light oil for easy browning. The oil will prevent the meat from drying out and sticking to the pan.
4. SHORTEN TIME Grass-fed meat cooks about 30% faster than grain fed. Use a thermometer to test for doneness and watch the temp closely.
5. SEAR FIRST Whether grilling, pan-frying or roasting, sear grass-fed beef or lamb at high heat first.
6. LOWER HEAT After searing, reduce heat to finish cooking. Roasting temps should be 50 degrees F less when cooking grass-fed beef or lamb. Use similar approach when grilling or pan-frying.
7. USE TONGS Don’t use a fork to turn the meat. Use tongs for best results.
8. LET IT SIT Let the beef or lamb sit covered in a warm place for 8 – 10 minutes after removing from heat to let the juices redistribute.
9. ENJOY! Enjoy your grass-fed meat, knowing it’s not just tasty, it’s also super healthy!