How to Cook Lamb or Goat Testicles

grass fed lamb or goat testicles
Lamb testicles, or lamb fries, as they’re known.

Lamb and goat testicles or fries as they’re called are enjoyed around the world, but are a delicacy that only a few adventurous people know about, at least in America. They’re great smoked or breaded and fried, but, before you reach for your saute pan or deep fryer, take a look at our tutorial here, since, for the best result, lamb and goat fries require some special preparation before cooking.

Beef and pork testicles are reasonably well known as Rocky Mountain oysters in the United States, but lamb and goat are a little less well-known. One of the things Chef Bergo finds it helpful to know is that the taste of lamb and goat testicles may be a bit stronger for those who’ve tasted them from cows or pigs. To help calm the flavor a bit, Chef recommends soaking in milk or brining them for a day or two before cooking. After brining, the testicles can be smoked, and make a good addition to a cheeseplate or charcuterie platter. If you’re interested in that, see our recipe on smoked testicles.

Smoked lamb fries
Smoked lamb or goat fries make a great addition to a cheese or charcuterie plate.

Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo

 

This recipe is by chef Alan Bergo. A chef from Minnesota, Alan is a culinary industry veteran, former executive chef of acclaimed Lucia’s Restaurant, and the Salt Cellar. Founder of the website Forager Chef, he’s best known as a respected authority on Midwestern foraging. Learn more about Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at Forager Chef. 

Looking for grass-fed lamb and goat online? Shepherd Song Farm: Grass to table. We raise lambs & goats traditionally, humanely and sustainably. 100% Grass Fed, Pasture Raised, Never Confined, no Hormones, Grains or Animal Byproducts. Born, raised and processed in the U.S.A. Good for you and good for the environment.

 

How to Cook Lamb or Goat Testicles

A tutorial on how Chef Alan Bergo prepares lamb and goat testicles for cooking.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lamb Fries, testicles

Materials

Instructions

Soaking the testicles overnight

  • Soak the testicles overnight in milk to cover in the refrigerator, or use something like ham brine, from our recipe for smoked testicles.

Poaching

  • Before the testicles can be cooked, they should be gently poached and trimmed of the outer membrane. To do it, get a small pot large enough to fit the testicles snugly, fill half full with water, bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and add the testicles. Set a timer for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, remove the testicles to a cutting board and pat dry.
    trimming lamb or goat testicles on a cutting board

Trimming

  • Cut the end off of each testicle. Some testicles are sold with this already removed.
    trimming lamb or goat testicles on a cutting board
  • Remove the outer sheath from the testicle to reveal the inner, thin membrane.
    trimming lamb or goat testicles on a cutting board
  • With a sharp knife, cut a shallow slit in the inner membrane.
    trimming lamb or goat testicles on a cutting board
  • Gently pull off the inner membrane, doing your best to keep the testicle intact.
    trimming lamb or goat testicles on a cutting board
  • When you're finished, you should have a soft piece of meat left over. From here the testicles are ready to cook. Discard the trim.
    trimming lamb or goat testicles on a cutting board

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