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How to Boil Meat Perfectly

How to boil meat to tender is here. Boiled chicken, pork, beef, organ meat, bone marrow, or oxtail on the stove or in a pressure cooker are explained in depth here.

How to Boil Meat

This is how to boil meat of all kinds perfectly. Great way to make shredded chicken, beef, pork or other proteins. Serve with a sauce or plain for dinner as a nutritious meal. Meat boiled is very versatile and can be cooked from frozen too. (affiliate links present)

How to Boil Chicken

Ever wondered; Can you boil frozen chicken? We answer that right here in depth! The answer is yes, and it doesn’t make much of a difference in the timing either. That is right, you can cook from right out of the freezer to tender in about 30 minutes depending on how large they are.

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Most of the time you would have fresh but could also defrost chicken in microwave if you didn’t want to start off rock hard. Thawed is always better to start with if at all possible. Then some tips from there would be;

  1. Add frozen chicken into room temperature water and allow it to sit in the water as it heats up.
  2. For fresh or defrosted chicken, first bring the water or broth to a boil over high heat.
  3. Once the liquid is boiling, reduce the heat to low, add meat and cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Boil chicken legs for about 20 minutes or until they come to temp. Boiled chicken thighs depend on whether they are bone-in.
    • Boil thighs for 10 min. for boneless thawed
    • 15 minutes for thawed bone-in
    • 30-35 for frozen
  5. Check the internal temperature of the chicken using a meat thermometer. It should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165° F to ensure it is fully cooked and safe to eat.

Once cooked, remove it from the pot using tongs or a slotted spoon and let it cool for a few minutes before cutting or shredding it as needed.

How to Boil Chicken

How Long to Boil Meat Until Tender

The length of time it takes to achieve boiled meat until tender depends on the cut and type of meat you are cooking and the method. Boiled fish is the fastest. Some tougher cuts of meat require longer cooking times to break down the connective tissue. Other cuts of meat may only require a short time to cook.

  1. Boiling Beef: Tougher cuts of beef such as chuck, brisket, cow tongue or round, can take several hours to become tender.
    • For best results, simmer the beef in a covered pot with enough water or broth to cover the meat completely for 2-4 hours.
    • Exact timing will depend on the size and thickness of your piece.
  2. Boiling Pork: Similar to beef, tougher cuts of pork, such as shoulder or pork butt, may take several hours to tender. This can be cut down tremendously if you use a pressure cooker in a sauce like we linked here above.
    • Simmer the pork in a covered pot with enough liquid to cover the meat completely for 2-3 hours. Pork loin or tenderloin can be boiled for a shorter period of time, about 20-30 minutes, to become tender.
  3. Boiling Chicken: Boiled chicken breasts can cook for a shorter period of time, about 30-40 minutes, to become tender. Simmer the chicken in a covered pot with enough water or broth to cover the chicken completely.
    • Boiling a whole chicken will take a bit longer but a great option to make soup or fall off the bone meat for tacos.
    • Make sure to cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F to ensure it is fully cooked and safe to eat.
  4. Boiling Lamb: Tougher cuts of lamb, such as shank or shoulder, may take several hours to become tender. Simmer the lamb in a covered pot with enough water or broth to cover the meat completely for 2-3 hours.

Keep in mind that the exact cooking time will vary depending on the size, thickness, type of protein and how vigorously bubbling your water is.

How Long to Boil Meat Until Tender

What to do With Boiling Beef

A few more unusual cuts that do need to be boiled would be ox tails which we love!! and OH my we have made a bunch of great meals with these. Once the meat has been submerged and heated in the water for 5-6 hours it is fork tender. Then will be able to pull away from the bone easily. Then you can make stews out of it, oxtail pho broth uses the liquid for the meal itself even!

What temperature should I boil meat at?

You should bring the water to a continuous boil first, unless using frozen meat. Add pieces and bring to a boil again. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer the meat until it is cooked through to a safe internal temperature.

What should I do with the broth from boiled meat?

The broth that you cook the meat in can be used to make soup, stew, or gravy. Use it immediately after pouring thru a fine sieve or allow to cool, scrape fat off of the top, can and save even longer.

What are some tips for boiling meat?

1. Use a large pot so that the meat has plenty of room to cook.
2. You can add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to the water to help tenderize the meat.
3. Season the cooking liquid with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices to taste.
4. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface of the water as the meat cooks.
5. Do not overcook proteins or they may become tough.

How long should I boil meat?

Timing depends on whether you are boiling beef, pork, chicken or fish. It ranges from 12 minutes for boneless skinless breasts to 30 minutes for thicker cuts like roasts.

What to do With Boiling Beef

Boiling Organ Meat

Then we will move on to how to cook organ meat. That is a whole other animal, figuratively and literally, than “regular” pieces. This is by far the best way to cook the inners and it will take some time. Since they start our rather tough, you want a low and slow time in hot boiling water seasoned well. We have instructions for;

If you haven’t thought about cooking these “extra pieces” because it has been confusing as to what to do, I hope this helps. When seasoned and cooked correctly until fork tender they are wonderful to bread and bake, or make into a stew or soup.

How to Boil Chicken

Boiling Food in an Instant Pot

Can you boil food in Instant Pot?

Yes and no. You aren’t going to technically submerge into liquid with a pressure cooker. Rather you’d steam it to tender with water or broth under y,our trivet. Placing the meat on top and liquid in the pot will do the same thing vs. boiled on the stovetop.

A great example of how this work amazingly well would be to cook a frozen roast in Instant Pot to fall apart delicious. Another plus to using this high pressure steaming method is that you don’t lose nutrients as you would if cooking it for 2-3 times as long in liquid. Because of this you maintain the flavor too, and it will have a better overall texture.

Same goes when you want to boil frozen chicken in Instant Pot. You are actually steaming it. With the amount of steam that is produced though in such a small area, it is essentially the same outcome, minus the long cook time.

How to Boil Pork

How to Boil Pork

This is the best way to cook pork shoulder for sure!! Using your favorite sauce instead of broth gives your meat way more flavor. And can be shredded in about 1 hour flat!! If you are going to use the stovetop I would suggest to use large cuts. Expect for it to shred when done too, not sliced. You would need to;

  1. Place the pork shoulder, or other cut, in a large pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Add enough water, beef stock or chicken broth to cover the piece completely.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the pot for seasoning.
  4. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat.
  5. Once the liquid is boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid.
  6. Let the meat simmer for 2-3 hours if using bone-in or 1-2 hours if using boneless pork shoulder.
    • The exact cooking time will depend on the size, cut and thickness.
  7. Check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer to ensure it has reached 145 degrees to and safe to eat.
  8. Once cooked, remove it from the pot using tongs or a slotted spoon. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting or shredding it as needed.

Boiled Meat Recipes

Note: Boiling pork can also be done with other flavorings and seasonings. Minced garlic, onion, or bay leaves, to add more flavor to the meat. Once cooked, you can also use it in various recipes, such as pulled pork sliders, carnitas, or stir fry.

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How to Boil Meat

How to boil meat to tender is here. Boiled chicken, pork, beef, organ meat, oxtail on stove or pressure cooker are explained in depth.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, boiled, chicken, meat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 74kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fill pot 1/2-3/4 of the way full, enough to be able to cover meat you are going to add + 2" above that.
  • Add all other ingredients other than meat. Put on stove over medium high heat until it reaches a continuous rolling boil that doesn't boil over. Use tongs to add meat into boiling water.
  • Turn heat down to medium but keeping a low continuous boil. Once it reaches a boil again after adding meat cook for about 12 minutes (for boneless skinless medium breasts) or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and tender enough to shred with 2 forks.
  • ** chicken legs = 20 minutes, boneless skinless chicken thighs = 10 min., bone-in chicken thighs = 15 minutes, and chicken thighs frozen = 30-35

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Nutrition Facts
How to Boil Meat
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.2g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 4832mg210%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4848IU97%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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