A Bizarre, But Tasty Cow Skin Souse

I believe we Trinis can make anything into a souse and this cow skin souse recipe is a testament to that. But skin? You would ask, Probably with a turned up nose at that too.

cow skin souse

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 55 mins

Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Course: Meats

Cuisine: Caribbean

Keywords: cow skin souse, souse, ponmo


  • 1 lb cow skin cut into 1 – 2″ strips
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 5 cups water to soak cow skin
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 20 leaves chadon beni
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 med onion sliced
  • 1 head garlic
  • 7 cups water for souse
  • 1 med cucumber sliced thinly
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 whole pepper sliced


  • Cut up skin into 1″ – 2″ strips and soak in flour, 5 cups water and vinegar 30 minutes.
  • Wash the skin until the water runs clear.
  • Pressure cook for 55 minutes.
  • Wash in tap water until it cools.
  • Blend in food processor chadon beni and garlic.
  • Add to the 7 cups water. Slice the cucumber. Add salt, black pepper and lime juice. Mix.
  • Add the cow skin. Leave to soak for at least 3 hours.

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