Meat Cooking Times and Temperatures

Meat Cooking Times and Temperatures

Cooking your first meat dish can be intimidating; especially if you’re not sure how long to leave your meat in the oven and at what temperature the oven should be set. To help alleviate any confusion, Recipe4Living has put together a few useful charts containing the cooking times and temperatures for several different kinds of meat, and favorite dishes. We’ve also included some recipes to get you started.

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It’s very important to set the correct cooking time and temperatures when preparing beef. In order to achieve the finest taste and tenderness you should abide by the recommended guidelines, which will also ensure that the beef is not undercooked.

Beef & Mushroom Lasagna
Beef Stroganoff
Mom’s Roast Beef

Overcook your pork and it may become dry and tough. The USDA recommends cooking pork to 160 degrees to be safe. This provides juicy and tender meat, and clear or slightly pink tinted juices.

BBQ Pork Chops and Rice
Pork Roast with Creamy Mustard Sauce
Pork with Spicy Peanut Sauce

You should not baste the ham with its juices as it is cooking. The juices will be very salty, and will not help the ham’s flavor. After your ham has finished cooking, glazing it will add to its taste and a give it a more attractive finished look.

Ham With Noodles
Ham and Potato Skillet
Ham Loaf with Cranberry Sauce

When grilling or broiling, lamb meat should be tender, fairly lean, and not too thick, since it needs to cook quickly. The best lamb cuts for grilling or broiling are chops, tenderloin, kebabs and patties of ground lamb.

Lamb Parmesan

Lamb Burgers
Lamb Koftas

When frying, grilling, broiling, or sautéing chicken, remove pieces as they get done to avoid overcooking. White meat and smaller pieces, such as breasts and wings, will cook faster than dark meat pieces, such as legs and thighs.

Do not overstuff the turkey. The stuffing will expand during the cooking process. Also, some of it may not cook completely because of the density of the stuffing inside the turkey.

Chicken and Orzo with Lemon and Olives
Tomato Chicken Parmesan
Kung Pao Chicken
Roast Turkey with Sage and Sherried Cider Giblet Gravy
Delicious Thanksgiving Turkey
Herb-Roasted Turkey

Always make sure to monitor your cooking temperatures when cooking veal. Use this chart as a guideline when you plan to oven-bake or grill this meat.

Veal Marsala
Veal Scallopini With Vegetables
Lemon Veal with Rice

Baking works best when cooking whole fish, stuffed or unstuffed, and large, thicker cuts. While baking, the fish should be basted to keep the meat moist. When deep-frying, it’s best to use small pieces of fish for better results.

Fish Fillets L'Orange
Salmon Baked in Phyllo with Warm Potato Salad
Tilapia with Chili Lime Butter

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