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What Is Goat Meat?
Goat meat, also known as a kid (young goat) or chevon (adult goat), is a type of red meat from the domestic goat. Goats are one of the earliest domesticated animals that efficiently produce both milk and meat. Goat is one of the most popular red meats globally and is a mainstay in Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin, and Caribbean cuisines. Goat meat is naturally lean, containing less saturated fat and cholesterol than beef or chicken. Due to its leanness, goat tends to dry out during the cooking process, so it is often cooked in a marinade or stew to retain its moisture. Braising or stewing goat meat low and slow with liquid (or using a slow cooker or pressure cooker) can yield succulent results. In the United States, goat meat is available from halal butchers and Latin American grocery stores, where it may be labeled as cabrito (young goat).
6 Traditional Goat Meat Recipes
Goat meat is a staple food in many cuisines. Here are some of the most popular international dishes that feature goat meat:
- Jamaican curried goat: This classic stew features goat meat seasoned with thyme, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and Scotch bonnet peppers, served atop rice and beans.
- Mexican goat barbacoa tacos: This Mexican barbacoa dish features goat wrapped in banana or agave leaves and slow-cooked over an open flame or in an underground oven lined with hot coals.
- Biryani: Indian goat biryani is a dish of rice, caramelized onions, and goat meat marinated in yogurt, biryani masala, and turmeric.
- Birria: Birria is a goat-based soup that hails from the state of Jalisco in Mexico. To make birria, goat meat is typically marinated in a paste made from dried chile peppers, then braised until tender, and served with tortillas, toppings, and salsas.
- Goat shawarma: In this Middle Eastern dish, goat meat is covered in a spice mix then roasted on a rotating spit. The caramelized outer layer of meat is shaved off and served over rice or in a flatbread sandwich. Learn how to make beef shawarma using our simple recipe.
- Yeomso Tang: Yeomso Tang is a Korean goat meat stew seasoned with perilla seed, doenjang (soybean paste), and sesame oil.
Easy Goat Stew Recipe
Prep Time30 min
Total Time3 hr
Cook Time1 hr 30 min
- ¼ cup red wine
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 pounds goat meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 medium carrots, scrubbed and sliced 1-inch thick
- 4 cups low-sodium beef stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- Make the marinade. In a large bowl, combine red wine, soy sauce, spices, and garlic. Add goat meat to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate. Marinate goat meat for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil until it begins to shimmer. Sauté goat meat in a single layer, working in batches if needed, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the meat from the heat and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté until softened, about 10 minutes.
- Add potatoes, carrots, stock, bay leaf, and tomato paste to the pot, stir to combine.
- Add goat meat to the pot, and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat and continue to cook until the goat meat is tender, about 1 hour. Taste and add salt if needed.
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