|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Ostrich is a popular meat in certain parts of the world, like South Africa, and has become more readily available in the U.S. due to American ostrich farms. Ostrich meat is a lean alternative to beef, and many liken the taste to filet mignon. Although it comes from a bird, uncooked it is dark red color, a little darker than beef. However, it is not as robust in flavor as many cuts of beef. Therefore, it's best to season the ostrich steak well before cooking.
This recipe makes an ostrich steak that is very similar in flavor and texture to that of a grilled beef steak, thanks to the Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and coarse ground black pepper. The meat is coated in the seasonings and left to marinate for 2 hours before hitting the grill.
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt, olive oil, onion powder, and black pepper in a bowl.
Place the ostrich steaks on a plate and rub the seasoning mixture onto both sides of the steaks.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature (covered) for 15 minutes as the grill is heating up.
Once the grill has heated, oil the grill grates well.
Place the steaks on the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side, depending on thickness, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 150 F.
Remove the meat from the grill and let it rest for 5 to 7 minutes.
Serve and enjoy.
Ostrich Meat Nutrition
Ostrich meat is low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, and is high in calcium, protein, and iron. It is even leaner than skinless chicken and turkey. Also, ostrich meat is a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
Other Ways to Cook Ostrich
- Ostrich steak can be cut into cubes and used to make stew, which is part of the cuisine of South Africa. The stew can include vegetables such as onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes, along with soup stock and wine.
- Ostrich meat is also sold ground up and can be used in any recipe calling for beef, making it perfect for chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, meatballs, and casseroles.
- If you're a fan of a good burger, give this Ostrich Burger recipe a try.
- US Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Ostrich, round, raw. Updated April 1, 2019.