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Goat meat gets gold star for protein quality


Animal protein staples in America have traditionally been beef, pork and poultry. Until now, that is. American consumers are warming up to goat meat, a healthy protein choice that 75 percent of the world has been enjoying for a very long time.


Goat meat is leaner than beef and has just as many grams of protein per serving. It actually is lower in saturated fat than chicken. Goat meat also has more iron per serving than beef, pork, lamb or chicken.


“Consuming goat meat hasn’t been part of our culture, but its popularity is rising as people search for healthy, lean, hormone-free sources of protein,” said Lindsey Stevenson, a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.


Goat farming in the United States is subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations and inspections. No hormones are allowed in production practices, and antibiotics must be used within federal guidelines.


Look for goat meat at traditional grocers or specialty markets. Goat meat can also be ordered online. Below is an easy recipe to give this healthy animal protein option a try.


Source: Wilson, Ellie. 2016. Ask the EN experts: Lean goat meat; fresh green chickpeas. Environmental Nutrition 39 (12): 2.


Goat Curry




For the Marinade

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup curry powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds goat meat, cut into 2-inch chunks


For the Curry

  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Brown rice and peas, for serving




  1. For the marinade: Mix the soy sauce, curry powder, garlic, basil, crushed red pepper, oregano and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the goat meat to the bowl and marinate overnight.
  2. For the curry: Remove the goat from the marinade. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the goat. Turn the heat to medium and sear the goat until brown, about 15 minutes. Add the coconut milk and 4 cups water. Cover and cook, about 2 hours.
  3. Add the onions, bell peppers, carrots, green onions and bay leaves and simmer, about 1 hour.
  4. Serve with rice and peas.


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