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Beef Liver Recipe
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Simple Beef Liver and Onion Recipe (That’s Super Flavorful) in 2 Hours 30 Minutes

This dish is nourishing and flavorful but also packed with nutrients. Try this recipe for a busy week night or even on a weekend evening. The beef liver and onion recipe is easy to prepare and it will take about thirty minutes to be ready.
Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Keyword: Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Onion
Servings: 4
Calories: 374kcal



  • 1 pound beef liver
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 pcs garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 pcs large onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 pcs red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • Rinse the liver and place it in a bowl. Cover with the buttermilk, give a light stir and set aside for at least 2 hours.
    Rinse liver with buttermilk
  • After that, take the beef liver out of the buttermilk. Rinse again and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the liver in slices, I personally prefer small ones but you may leave them larger.
  • Melt together ½ tablespoon of oil and ½ tablespoon of butter.
  • Cook the garlic for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the liver slices and fry until no longer pink. The discarded juices need to lose their pink color too. This will take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Make sure you don’t overcook the liver or it will become hard.
    Fry liver until pink
  • Remove the liver from the pan but do not wipe out unless there are many burnt bits.
  • Melt the remaining oil and butter. Add the onion rings and cook for 3-4 minutes. Also bring in the red bell pepper. I like my food to have splashes of color and this is one reason I’ve added the bell pepper. The other reason is that it gives a lot of flavor to this dish. Cook for 3-4 minutes more.
  • Pour the white wine. Reduce the heat to low, add the beef liver slices and simmer for 5 more minutes until the alcohol evaporates.
  • Top with the fresh thyme, cover with a lid and leave it to rest for five minutes.
    Cook liver with onion
  • Serve immediately after that!
    Beef liver onion serve


  • You may enjoy the beef liver recipes with rice or potatoes, grilled vegetables or couscous. Choose any side dish you prefer, it will work just well even if it is a simple salad. I must confess I like to eat it just as it is many times, without adding any other side dish.
  • Whether you choose any other type of meat, like pork liver or calf liver, the recipe is suitable in this case too.
  • Enjoy and don’t be afraid to cook it more than once!


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.4g | Protein: 30.9g | Fat: 14g