10 Ways to Cook Goat Meat

Why Goat Meat?

Okay, I know some of you were saying when you read the title – “Eeeewwww goat meat!” (with matching facial expression). But hey why not? Goat meat is actually soft and delicious (if prepared in the right way). For those who want to raise goat, they’re fairly easy to raise and maintain. And they’re healthier to eat.

To fulfill a promise I made to a certain hubber, I am writing this hub on the ways to cook goat meat. I’m not writing about goat meat recipes, just simple descriptions of what they are and how they are prepared. I do hope, despite your misgivings on eating this particular meat, you will enjoy what I write. So, here it goes.

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Courtesy of: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/04/01/dining/01goat_600.jpg

Some Facts About Goat Meat

Before I start on all those ways to cook goat meat, let me just go through a few (trivia) facts about goat and goat meat:

  • Adult goat meat is also referred to as “chevon”. Now wouldn’t it be more, er, sophisticated if you refer to goat meat as “chevon” meat =)?
  • Young goat meat is also called “cabrito”, a Spanish term for goad kid. So, if you want to pull the wool over other people’s eyes, oooppps, I mean avoid the “goat” word, use “cabrito” meat instead.
  • In the Philippines, goat is called “kambing” and it is sometimes served as a “pulutan” or a “beer – match”.
  • Goat is also classified as red meat (along with beef and lamb) but they are leaner and have less saturated fat, calories and cholesterol (great for your diet).
  • Goat is actually the “world’s most popular meat”. In fact, 75% of the world population eats chevon meat. Surprising isn’t it? Goat is one of the main dishes in a lot of areas in the world including the Middle East, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Philippines (of course) and is gaining ground in the U. S. (okay, I may be wrong here, tell me and I will gladly delete the U. S. bit).
  • The best way to cook goat or chevon or cabrito meat? Slow and at low temperatures, to make it more tender and tastier. In some areas of my country, the meat is grilled first before the final phase of cooking.

Kalderetang Kambing (courtesy of: http://www.filipino-foods.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kaldereta1.jpg)
Kalderetang Kambing (courtesy of: http://www.filipino-foods.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kaldereta1.jpg)
Spit-roasted goat (courtesy of: http://likethespider.com/sara/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/salt.JPG)
Spit-roasted goat (courtesy of: http://likethespider.com/sara/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/salt.JPG)
Curried goat (courtesy of: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2036/2339377901_8e6e31db62.jpg)
Curried goat (courtesy of: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2036/2339377901_8e6e31db62.jpg)

Ways to Cook Goat Meat

So what are the ways to cook goat meat? Plenty. 10 of these ways are enumerated below. Most of these are common here in the Philippines but, for the others, I picked them up from the Internet:

Kalderetang Kambing or Chevon Meat in Tomato Paste – Soft goat meat cooked in tomato paste with vinegar and pepper. Potatoes and carrots add to the nutritional value of this delicious viand.

Papaitan (from the Filipino word “pait” meaning bitter) – this is roasted goatskin, goat innards and goat tripe with bile, ginger and a tamarind soup base. The ginger and the soup help to offset the bitter taste.

Adobong Kambing – Goat cooked with soy sauce, laurel leaves, pepper, garlic and vinegar. Adobo is actually the Spanish word for marinated.

Kilawing Kambing – Kilawin or kinilaw is our version of eating raw meat or fish (with vinegar, pepper, onions and salt). So you can just imagine what kilawing kambing is. But then again, most of the time, the goat meat is not entirely “raw”. The meat is grilled first (medium rare) before mixing with the other ingredients.

Lechong Kambing (Spit-Roasted Goat) – Whole goat (no innards) cooked on open fire on top of a spit-roast. The whole goat is marinated first before it is cooked, either vertically or horizontally, on top of a spit roast. Lacking the spit roast? No worries, you can cook it in an oven instead.

Braised Kid or Cabrito – The meat is cut in small pieces, fried in butter until brown, then fried with bacon rashers, onion and mushroom. After adding stock or water, the whole thing is boiled then placed in a casserole to be cooked inside an oven for 2 hours. Red wine can also be added in the sauce to make it tastier.

Goat Meat Loaf – meat loaf with ground goat meat. The meat loaf is baked first before it is heated in the microwave oven.

Curried Goat – cubed goat meat with curry powder, thyme, some sugar, garlic, onions and potatoes.

Barbecued Cabrito – this is cooked on an open pan in a 350 deg. oven. Baste the cabrito with barbecue sauce (sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar, butter, cumin, garlic, oregano, pepper and salt) until the meat is tender.

Cabrito Guisado Recipe – cubed goat meat cooked in oil until it is brown. To make it tastier, a spice-garlic paste (peppercorn, cumin, garlic and water) and tomato paste are added. This one can be served with tortilla or cooked rice.

That’s it. The 10 ways to cook goat meat. I hope that by reading this hub and when you encounter cooked goat meat in the future, you will at least try to eat a bite or two. Go ahead. I promise you, you will not regret doing so. Happy eating!

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BadCo 7 years ago

Jeeez did ya have to put the pic of the cute smiling goat at the start lol, but hey it looks damn tasty, methinks me and the Cabin Girl are setting sail to Emievils home for our dinner, make it 2 curried goat ok ; )

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

LOL BC, that was fast. hehehe thought that pic will add a real nice view to the hub =). LOL sorry, no curried goat here but kalderetang kambing is a very good alternative. =)

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BadCo 7 years ago

Sounds good to us, put out 2 extra seats ; )

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Sure will. Unfortunately, I can't cook, so my hubby will be the one cooking for us LOL.

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Great dishes, I certainly will try. Thanks.

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harrisdy 7 years ago from Texas

love goat meat!

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ralwus 7 years ago

I love venison, and goat is close to it.

fireplacer 7 years ago

And what about fried goat meat? Can I grill it?

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Your welcome hello.

Me too Harrisdy.

Ralwus, er, never actually tried venison but I heard it tastes good too.

Fireplacer, you can grill it first just to get some of the smell out then fry it.

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rednckwmn 7 years ago

I was just going to say that about venison. Its real common around here..cuz you can hunt it and dont have to buy it..and it is usally needing slow cooking to get it tender. This was a way awesome and informative hub. Thanks so much, I am looking forward to trying it out!! And, as far as I know, it is getting more popular, but still lots of ewwww looks in the US. :)

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I love the goat meat I've had. It was much tastier than the beef we had just butchered. I think it takes less time for good flavor to develop. We just fried up bite sized pieces with potatoes, for a quick meal.

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Delaney Boling 7 years ago

The sweetness of the goat meat lends itself very well to coconut milk, basil, dried chili pepper and ginger. I'm not sure what the dish is called, but my friend from Vietnam makes a dish like this to serve with rice, and I have him call me everytime he's going to make it. Goat is a highly under-rated meat. Deee-licious!

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

DM, thanks hehehe. I know about the eewwww looks but I think goat meat is gaining in recognition in the US. They described it as a "niche market" there =).

Ivorwen, yup I like them better than beef. You have to try the other ways here =).

Delaney, I agree on the under-rated hehehe. But here in my country it's a staple in some regions. =)

Thanks for dropping by everyone.

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PhilD41 7 years ago from Iowa

Yummm... I grew up on barbecued goat. Still have it now and then at family get-togethers. You are making me hungry!!

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Phil, I understand what you mean. Writing this hub made me hungry =). Thanks for stopping by.

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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

I have never eaten goat, but I may have to give it a shot.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Thanks. I actually prefer Goat Meat to beef (tastes better too) but only cook it in about 2 or 3 ways. With your Hub, I am now spoilt for Choice on how to Cook it. Cheers. :)

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow, Ernie. I tried a lot of different dishes throughout my life, but have yet to try goat. I'm sure that anything can taste great once you prepare and season it a certain way (my mom taught me this). I really liked your lay out for this by the way. I'm definitely keen to trying "chevon" now.

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Give it a try wesley. I'm sure you'll like it =).

Oooohhh Lady_E, I seldom meet someone here who likes goat meat. Glad you like them. Haven't tried numbers 5 to 10 either but I'm sure they're equally delicious =).

Hey dohn, have one. I think some of the restaurants there are starting to serve goat meat (but I think they can sometimes be more pricey than beef). Drop me a note on how was your first time eating goat meat =).

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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i'll eat the goat, you would really do andrew zimmern on bizarre foods proud

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

loveofnight, glad I have another convert on eating goat meat =).

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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I have eaten goat lots of times on my travels. I don't see it in my local butcher here though. But those pictures of the curries are making my mouth water!

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Me too Catherine. =) thanks for dropping by.

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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

LOL emievil nice one here, hmmm "pulutan" nyahaha good with beer...

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

GH, hmmmm, why did I know you will zero in on the word "pulutan"? LOL

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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

No hehehe but goat meat is best with beer yummy treat with this hub, I will turn this into a virtual chat room nyahahaha...

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

lol. thought you're going to publish 6 to 10 hubs? Where are the others?

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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I have never seen goat meat in the stores, or advertised at all. I wonder if we have it at all in the US? Interesting! Thanks.

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

I think goat meat is sold there but not too frequently as beef, chicken or even pork. You can check out my sources, one of those is from a goat farmer in the US =).

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks renee52 and welcome to Hubpages!

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Michael Willis 7 years ago from Arkansas

I love goat meat!!! The best way I have ever eaten goat meat was at a friend's house. He had a 6'pit in the ground, outlined with rocks. He built a wood fire in the bottom of the pit and lowered the goat (after gutting and skinning)into the pit. It was slow cooked overnight. The smoke addded to the taste. When done, the meat was so very tender. I consider this the best way to cook it.

Also have had it as hamburgers. In southwest Arkansas there have been more goat farms popping up. At least once a year there is a local community that has had a "goat-fest" type of gathering and people share different methods of their ways of cooking goat meat. Some will even sell or auction goats they brought to the event. Kinda like a fair, people show the goats and awards are presented.

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Wow! A goat fair! we don't have that here and we love our goat meat =). I think goat is picking up in your country but it is still a niche market so the prices are still high.

Hamburger goat meat eh? Hmmmm, that's quite a good idea. I'll try to look for a recipe online. Maybe next time, I can feature here goat meat recipes =).

caralluma 6 years ago

I grew up on barbecued goat. Still have it now and then at family get-togethers.

jun prejas 6 years ago

Here in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, the Best Kambingan Resto is DOKI'S KAMBINGAN Atbp Restobar. Try their best seller Sizzling Kambing, the best jud!!!

You have to try it!!

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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Jun. I've been to CDO and I haven't seen Doki's. Where is it located?

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Youngcurves19 6 years ago from Hawaii

I have a video of my uncle them chopping and burning the hair off the goat! really erm it was soo sad before it was dead but i was ok once it was dead!

annie 6 years ago

i love to eat kalding meat. one of my favorite dishes.

thank's for posting these recipes. some of them are new to me.

mayang 6 years ago

yeah...eating goat meat is really very good...it's so delicious...it's my favorite meat of all....

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albc 6 years ago

In Malaysia they call goat as 'kambing', is it the same with Philippinnes?

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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Yes, we also call goat 'kambing' here. In another province in my country, they call goat 'kanding'.

Kemish 6 years ago

I don't like goat's meat at all..........i am fed up with it......my mom cooks goat's meat everyday........i think local hen's meat or pigeon's meat is teastier than goat's meat.

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cubegod 6 years ago

haha thank you for this, I've personally only had goat meat twice but it was absolutely deliciose!

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DoorMattnomore 5 years ago

I got to try goat meat a while back, it was in a stew type of dish and super delicious. I thought of you and wanted to let you know, the decisions made for sure now, we WILL be getting goats!! =)

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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey DM, long time no see. Yey glad you liked the goat dish. Good luck with the goats :).

anno 5 years ago

i just love a goat meat and thankyou so much for such a goat dishes way

christina 5 years ago

we raise goats we eat goats

last night we had goat burgers they were yummy!

our goats don't get any kind of feed they eat what they like and graze freely around the farm we expect to be arrested any time now for the crimes of

growing and consuming our own food

including raw milk home slaughtered meat veggies and raw honey

we also expect to have a visit from child protective services for refusing to feed our children store bought mutant food but hey that is a reality in the good ole USofA

Matt Titoki 5 years ago

Great recipes. Goat is one of the best under-rated meats around. Long and slow in an oven bag (120dcelsius)with thyme, soya sauce and a touch of red wine. Once its ready it will fall off the bone. Serve with mint sauce. Believe you me you will not be disappointed.

Christian 5 years ago

The best Kambingan in Cagayan de oro is Dokis Kambingan Atbp Restobar. Wow must try. Their Sizzling Kambing, Kaldereta, Papait, Lilawin and The Sinampalokang Kambing!!! Yum Yum Yum!!!!

annizza 4 years ago

I have a roll of goat roast approx 2 kilos. How long do I cook it and at what temperatures.\?

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filipinofoods 4 years ago from Philippines

Nice hub! I enjoy reading your hubs!

Timmytheresa 2 years ago

Can I put it in my beef stew?

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