How to cook tripe

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How to cook tripe
Tripe with onions is a firm favourite up north. (fotografiche/iStock/Getty Images)

Tripe is a traditional food in northern England and it has become a delicacy in many other countries. The four main types of tripe -- the muscular stomach lining from a cow -- include the fat from the first stomach and the three honeycombed sections from the second stomach. Tripe is an acquired taste and preparing the dish is time consuming.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Find fresh tripe or purchase packaged tripe from some supermarkets and most butcher's shops. Cooking fresh tripe is more involved. Packaged tripe has usually been cooked for a bit to soften it up for preparing.

  2. 2

    Choose a thick cut of tripe if buying the ingredient raw. The muscular stomach tissue should be white in color.

  3. 3

    Wash the tripe several times to rid it of particles of food or other pieces of matter. It may take three to four vigorous washings before the tripe is ready for cooking.

  4. 4

    Boil the tripe for at least four to five hours in a stock pot of water. Tripe is a notoriously tough food. The longer you boil it, the more tender it becomes.

  5. 5

    Cut the tender, boiled tripe into pieces. Saute the pieces in butter; add seasonings and sauce and simmer for at least one hour. Fry up some sliced onions in the same pan for a delicious side dish to accompany your tripe.

Tips and warnings

  • Green tripe refers to the color of the tripe -- caused by the grass the cow ate -- and also the fact that it has not been cleaned. Green tripe is a popular dog food.
  • Tripe comes from other animals besides the cow, although cow is the most popular.
  • Avoid raw tripe that is too white. If it is extremely white, it could have been bleached.
  • People with gout or other digestive problems should avoid tripe as it is tough to digest.

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