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Published on August 30, 2017

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Getting tired of chicken and fish?

We all know that chicken breast and fish are lean meats and most of us have a few go-to recipes. Trying different lean meats can be intimidating, but if cooked correctly they can be tender and delicious. Follow these tips to cook delicious and moist lean meat and increase the variety of lean meats in your diet.

  1. Use a meat thermometer to cook to the recommended temperature. Over-cooking can leave meat tough and dry. 
  2. Marinate before cooking to keep meat tender and flavorful.
  3. Use moist cooking methods such as braising, stewing, slow-cooking or wrapping in foil.
Lean Cuts of BeefCooking Method
Sirloin barbecue, broil, stir fry, pan broil
Tenderloin barbecue, broil, pan broil
Top loin or strip steak barbecue, broil, pan broil
Top round barbecue, broil, pan broil, roast, stir fry, braise, slow-cook
Flank steak barbecue, broil, pan broil
Sirloin tip stir fry
Tip roast roast, braise, slow-cook
Eye round roast roast
Arm chuck braise, slow-cook
Lean Cuts of PorkCooking Method
Center loin chops barbecue, broil, pan broil, stir fry
Tenderloin barbecue, broil, stir fry
Loin roast barbecue, roast
Fresh ham steak barbecue, broil, pan broil, roast, stir fry
Fresh ham roast barbeque, broil, pan broil
Sirloin roast barbecue, stir fry
Sirloin roast roast
Pork shoulder braise, slow-cook

Cooking dictionary

  • Barbecue: Cook over an open fire, such as a grill, without added liquid.
  • Broil: Cook under or over direct heat without added liquid or fat.
  • Pan Broil: Cook thin steaks at high heat in a pan without added fat or liquid.
  • Roast: Cook without added liquid in an oven or in a covered grill.
  • Stir Fry: Cook small pieces of meat or vegetables in a small amount of hot oil in a large pan while stirring.
  • Braise: Sear or fry briefly with dry heat and then add liquid and continue cooking in liquid.
  • Slow cook: Cook in a slow cooker with added liquid over low heat for about 8 hours.

Try our korean beef and broccoli bowl recipe, slow cooker beef and sweet potato stew recipe, slow cooker meatball sub recipe, and chicken caprese recipe.

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