How to Get the Goat Taste Out of Goat Meat

Goat meat is a dietary staple for most of the world.
Goat meat is a dietary staple for most of the world. (Image: farm goat image by jeancliclac from

African, Caribbean, Muslim, Jewish and Hispanic dishes often call for the use of goat meat. America is one of the few countries whose citizens do not incorporate goat meat into their diet on a regular basis. But goat meat is becoming more popular; immigrants are introducing Americans to recipes that call for goat meat. If you want to try it out but are not convinced you would like the flavor of the meat, you can try these two techniques to make it taste less like goat.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 2 large bowls
  • Buttermilk
  • Marinade

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Rinse the goat meat in cool water. Pat it dry.

Cut the meat into small strips or cubes, depending on what your recipe calls for. Cut away any fat you find on the meat. Goat meat is usually lean. Fat causes meat to have a strong flavor.

Fill a large bowl three-fourths full of cold water. You can add ice cubes to make the water even colder. Fill another large bowl with warm water.

Place the cut meat in the cold water. Allow the meat to sit in the water for up to 2 minutes.

Remove the goat meat from the cold water and place it in the warm water for up to 2 minutes.

Repeat this process a few times. Empty the bowls and add fresh water as it clouds with blood from the meat. The excess blood in meat gives it a strong (gamey) flavor.

Prepare the meat according to your recipe.


Rinse, dry and cut the meat. Make sure you remove all traces of fat from the meat.

Place the meat in a large bowl.

Add buttermilk to the bowl until the goat meat is covered.

Use a readymade marinade if you do not want to soak the meat in buttermilk. Choose a strongly flavored marinade to mask the goat meat flavor.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator, and allow the meat to marinate overnight to remove the goat flavor from the meat. A few hours of soaking time can remove the flavor.

Prepare the meat according to your recipe.


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