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Fried Beef Liver with Onions

April 24th, 2010 in Beef, Main Dishes by
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Total cooking time: 30min
Fried Beef Liver with Onions

Liver is an irreplaceable source of various nutrients which are very important for human health. It has biggest concentration of a vitamin A comparing to all other food sources; natural source of vitamin D, B12 and C, phosphorus and copper; it is high on protein of animal origin; and the most important, it is rich source of easily absorbed iron – that made liver a part of the treatment for pernicious anemia.

Saying all of that, I was very surprised of how hard it was to find fresh beef liver in a local shops (true to tell I didn’t try a local farmer markets, didn’t locate any around yet). I am also pretty sure, what liver dishes are not very popular in this part of the earth globe, however they are traditional in Europe: Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and a believe a lot of other countries.

So here is my attempt to fix that: fried beef liver with onions – is perfect lunch or dinner dish, it is very easy to cook and, as I already mentioned above, it is very nutritious. Important tip: do not overcook liver, to preserve as much goodness as you can.


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: if you got liver in a whole piece then clean it (remove hard vessel parts) and slice in pieces about 1/3 of inch wide.

    I was only able to find cleaned and already sliced beef liver in the supermarket near by, it was also deep frozen, so if you got the same – let liver unfreeze for about 3 hours before cooking (if you need to unfreeze it faster putting the sealed box with frozen liver under slow running cold water will help), keep in mind whole piece will need more time to unfreeze than the sliced:
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 1
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 1
  2. Put a skillet on the moderate heat burner, add 2-3 tbsp of sunflower oil. While skillet is being warmed up, pour flour into plate with sides wide enough for pieces of liver you’ve got; then roll several pieces of liver one by one in flour from both sides:
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 2
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 2
  3. Move liver pieces to the warmed up skillet, fry on this side for about 1 min (if your liver slices are thicker than mine – increase cooking time a accordingly):
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 3
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 3
  4. Turn each piece of liver which is cooked from one side to another and fry for 1 more min (make sure you only do it once for each piece, otherwise liver might lose its softness):
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 4
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 4
  5. Move liver pieces cooked evenly from each side to a big plate and season with a salt. Then proceed with frying rest of the liver:
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 5
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 5
  6. While the liver pieces are cooking, warm up another skillet with 2 tbsp of oil over moderate-low heat. Peel onions and slice them into half-circles, move to the skillet and fry until soft and brown colored for about 15-20 mins; stir from time to time:
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 6
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions Recipe: Step 6
  7. Serve fried beef liver warm, topped with fried onions and with your choice of a side dish, my personal choice here would be potato puree:
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions
    Fried Beef Liver with Onions

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Abraham Kibirige
8 months 1 day ago

Thanks so much.. I now know why I have always prepared hard liver.. I won’t overcook it again

9 months 26 days ago

thanx everyone. the tips on cooking live r helped. sour cream with it sounds goo d but is it. used as a side fo r dipping into.

Antonette Campbell
1 year 10 days ago

Wow! Thanks. My mom used to make liver, but I couldn’t remember how she did it so I thought of looking on the internet and WALLA!! Just how my mom used to cook it. I cooked it for my boyfriend and he couldn’t stop raving about it. He loved it!!!!
Thank you so much!! Liver has become a must have and a necessity and a permanent name on my month end shopping list.

1 year 27 days ago

To all who shared on this website welldone and thank you especially to Julia
and to the person who commented about GRAMMAR maybe you should eat some liver and your brain cells will become HEALTHY
Thanks ALL
God Bless

1 year 1 month ago

Thanks for the great recipe! Gregg seems to be worried about grammar on social media, but he certainly isn’t worried about his own bad language! As the parent of a child that is struggling with writing I would tell her that her best try is worth 1000 times more than someone’s bad manners! Thanks again for the recipe. I love liver and this recipe is the best