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Tips to Cooking Ostrich Meat
Ostrich is a very tender and extremely lean red meat. Depending on the cut it is 95-97% fat free.
Ostrich meat will become very tough if you overcook it. 
Ostrich will cook in about 1/3 less time than beef.
Ostrich meat does not “cook down” so your steaks, burgers and filets will not shrink


Season your ostrich similar to other red meats
A little salt and pepper to bring out the great flavor; we are personally a fan of montreal steak seasoning A marinade or rub for filets is great


Olive oil basting on burgers to keep them from sticking to your pan or grill. 
Use on its own or blended with other fattier meats. You can brush patties with butter, cooking oil or bacon grease to prevent them from drying Dry spices such as classic burger seasoning will help keep the burgers intact
Medium rare to medium is recommended. 

Sous vide 

An excellent way to consistently cook the meat through (according to your machines instructions) and then searing it to get the well-seasoned exterior 

Simple Ostrich Steaks

Rub steaks with oil and spices then sear for a few minutes on high heat in an oven-safe skillet until both sides are nicely browned. Then bake at 350 F for 4-6 minutes, depending on thickness, to an internal temperature of 125-130 F for medium rare.

Ground ostrich 

Can be used in place of any ground dish- tacos, chili, meatloaf, etc.

Ostrich Steaks
2hr 30min · 4 servings
Ostrich steaks are a lean alternative to beef. Ostrich is light on flavor, though, so you'll want to season it or cook it with flavorful ingredients.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Marinate: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon olive oil 
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
4 (4 to 5 ounce) ostrich steaks (about 3/4 inch thick)

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.
Combine Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt, olive oil, onion powder, and black pepper in a bowl.
Place ostrich steaks on a plate and rub seasoning mixture onto both sides of steaks.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Remove steaks from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature (covered) for 15 minutes as grill is heating.
Once grill has heated, oil grill grates well.

Place steaks on grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side, depending on thickness, and cook to desired amount- be sure not to over cook! Medium/medium rare is recommended

Remove meat from grill and let rest for 5 to 7 minutes.

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.

Easy Grilled Ostrich Steaks
These grilled ostrich steaks are a tender, flavorful, and even healthier alternative to typical beef steaks! Whipping them up on the grill is super easy to do, even if you're a beginner at grilling! They are so tasty that they will definitely be added to your grilling rotation!
Author | Angela
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 456kcal
Prep 1hour hour
Cooking 8minutes minutes
Resting Time 5minutes minutes
Total Time 1hour hour 13minutes minutes


▢ 12 oz ostrich steaks
▢ ½ tablespoon steak seasoning (see my recipe or use your own)
▢ 4 tablespoon butter
▢ 2-3 cloves garlic
▢ 4-5 sprigs thyme


Generously season all sides of your 12 oz ostrich steaks with ½ tablespoon steak seasoningand set aside for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, oil your grill and prepare it for 2-zone cooking with the direct heat set at medium to medium-high heat (350° - 400°F / 175° - 200°C).
In a medium or standard-size cast iron skillet, add 4 tablespoon butter, 2-3 cloves garlic, and 4-5 sprigs thyme.
After the grill is hot, place the skillet with the butter onto the portion of the grill that is cooler, not over the direct heat.
Place the seasoned ostrich steaks over the direct heat.
Grill your steaks for 4-5 minutes per side, continuing to turn the meat as needed until it reaches your desired temperature.
While cooking, baste the steaks generously with the melted butter from the skillet.
Once the steaks have reached your preferred level of doneness, transfer them to the skillet with the butter and remove it from the grill.
Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving.