After covering kangaroo last week, I thought it might be useful to highlight another exotic meat you can have on a stone, zebra. While steak is still the king of meat, exotic meats are becoming more readily available and more importantly, sustainable. Zebra steaks are just one more example of this.
Zebra are not an endangered species. They are not cute or cuddly and are not hunted for horn or anything else. They are plentiful, they are healthy and they are rapidly becoming one of the ‘in’ meats to try. I do dislike that term but more people than ever are trying exotic meats and loving them.
Zebra steak on a stone
Zebra steak is one of the leanest meats you can buy. With an average 0.5g of fat per 100g, there are few meats that can compete with that. Add high levels of protein, zinc, iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids and you have the holy grail of nutrition right there. Red meat full of protein and the extras that help use that protein in your body.
A 100g slide of zebra steak will include 175 calories, 0.5g saturated fat, 28g protein and 68mg cholesterol.
But what does it taste like?
It tastes a little sweet and a little gamey. It is difficult to describe while doing it justice. Think of a light steak with a very subtle sweetness and some of the richness of game and you won’t be far wrong.
Usually, lean meat can be hard work to cook and eat. Zebra lends itself perfectly to being cooked on a stone. The best way to eat it is in thin strips cooked over a hot stone so it becomes easily digestible. If there was ever an exotic meat designed for The Stone Grill, zebra is it!
Sustainable meat source
The future could be vegetarian or vegan if you want it to be but it can also include meat. All zebra that hits the food chain is sustainably farmed from the Burchell breed from South Africa. As long as you use a quality butcher, this is an excellent meat to try and has little environmental impact, just like kangaroo.
Zebras are vegetarian and are reared on grass. They spend around two thirds of their life grazing which is reflected in the meat. If you can consume healthy meat that has a low environmental impact when acquired from sustainable sources, there is no need to give up meat altogether.
Why not try zebra steak on a stone the next time you’re at The Stone Grill. You never know, you might like it!