What Are Beef Cheeks?

Beef cheeks are the actual cheek muscles of a cow. The beef cheek is a lean cut of meat that is rather tough. The meat is often braised or slow-cooked to make it tender.

Beef brisket can be used in place of beef cheeks in many recipes. Beef cheeks contain 90 calories per serving and 2.41 grams of fat. Beef cheeks are also high in protein, as one serving contains 14.9 grams. There are 1.32 grams of carbohydrates in a serving of beef cheeks. Dishes that can be prepared with beef cheeks include Spanish braised beef cheeks with tomato bread and parsley and anchovy salad.