Delicious and Easy to Cook Pork Kidney and Liver How-To Recipes

Sauteed Pork Kidney with Sesame Oil and Oyster Sauce - Perfect Partner to Boiled Vermicelli Noodles (Photo courtesy by wEnDaLicious from Flickr)
Sauteed Pork Kidney with Sesame Oil and Oyster Sauce - Perfect Partner to Boiled Vermicelli Noodles (Photo courtesy by wEnDaLicious from Flickr)

Out of the Ordinary Meat Ingredients for Savory Recipes

Most people, especially those who grew up in the cities, may be reluctant to eat meat dishes with liver and kidney as ingredients. But many Asian and fusion restaurants have concocted mouth-watering recipes to make these unusual dishes look delicious and taste palatable.

The liver and the kidney (from pork, beef, lamb, beef, and even poultry) are excellent sources of vitamins (A, D, C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin) and other nutrients (pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, choline, biotin, and folic acid). The internal organs are even richer sources than the actual animal meat.

Common cooking methods for the liver and the kidney are sautéing, grilling, and frying. Some are poached and seared. They are also important ingredients to many popular meat stew recipes. The liver and the kidney can also be cooked separately.

Seared Pork Liver Braised with Special Sauce and Sprinkled with Sesame Seeds (Photo courtesy by lighto from Flickr)
Seared Pork Liver Braised with Special Sauce and Sprinkled with Sesame Seeds (Photo courtesy by lighto from Flickr)
Pork Kidney Stir-Fried with Vegetables (Photo courtesy by WQ from Flickr)
Pork Kidney Stir-Fried with Vegetables (Photo courtesy by WQ from Flickr)

Simple Stir-Fry Recipe for Pork Kidneys

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup young bamboo shoots, thinly sliced and cut into squares
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into large cubes
  • ½ cup wild mushrooms, soaked until soft then drained well
  • 1 Tbsp chili sauce
  • Salt, soy sauce, ground pepper, sugar (to taste)
  • 1 cup pre-boiled pork kidney, thinly sliced and cut decoratively

How-to:

  1. Marinate pork kidney in lemon, salt, and garlic powder. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a wok, heat small amount of olive oil. Stir-fry bamboo shoots and pork kidney. Add chili sauce. Sprinkle a little of everything: salt, soy sauce, ground pepper, and sugar. Add mushrooms. Let simmer while stirring occasionally, until both the bamboo shoots and pork kidney are tender.
  3. Stir in green bell pepper and remove from heat to retain its appetizing green color.

How to Cook Steak and Kidney Pudding

Poached Chicken and Pork Kidney with Hua Tiao Wine (Photo courtesy by siukankay from Flickr)
Poached Chicken and Pork Kidney with Hua Tiao Wine (Photo courtesy by siukankay from Flickr)

Uses of Hua Tiao Wine

As the oldest brewed Chinese wines, the Hua Tiao Wine (or Shao Hsing Hua Tiao Chiew), is made from pure grain so alcohol content is low. It is one of the ancient Chinese medicines that helps improve blood circulation, beautify skin, and increase appetite. It is a well-known taste-enhancer, which helps remove unsavory smell and taste in foods.

Grilled Pork Liver (Photo courtesy by nakajimaron from Flickr)
Grilled Pork Liver (Photo courtesy by nakajimaron from Flickr)
Fried Pork Liver (Photo courtesy by Danburg Murmur from Flickr)
Fried Pork Liver (Photo courtesy by Danburg Murmur from Flickr)

How to Remove Raw Smell and Taste in Fresh Liver and Kidney

  • Cut into desired sizes the liver and kidney; and dip in near-boiling water for 5 minutes. Wash again and drain well.
  • Before cooking, marinade in lemon or vinegar plus pepper and salt, from 30 to 60 minutes.

Note: The kidney needs to be boiled to be tender; while the liver gets hard when cooked longer. Liver acquires bitter taste when over-cooked. Cook liver until the reddish color is all gone.

'Bopiz' with Minced Carrot and Sauteed in Tomato Sauce (Photo courtesy by poisonivy032773 from Flickr)
'Bopiz' with Minced Carrot and Sauteed in Tomato Sauce (Photo courtesy by poisonivy032773 from Flickr)
'Bopiz' with Minced Radish (Photo courtesy by Julyan from Flickr)
'Bopiz' with Minced Radish (Photo courtesy by Julyan from Flickr)

How to Remove Meaty Smell

Boil meat with ginger in ¼ cup water, for 30 minutes. Remove from water and wash thoroughly. Drain before cutting into very small cubes.

Bopiz – A Spicy Dish with Pork Kidney

Ingredients:

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece big red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, sliced
  • ¾ cup ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 pieces red chili pepper
  • ¼ cup long green pepper, chopped
  • 1 piece radish or carrot, peeled and cut into very small cubes
  • Salt and ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup cream of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water

Meat Ingredients (All boiled and cut into very small cubes):

  • ½ cup pork lung (remove plastic-like tubes)
  • ½ cup pork heart
  • ½ cup pork kidney
  • 1 cup pork liver

How-to:

  1. Over medium heat, sauté garlic, onion, and tomatoes. Stir in pork heart, kidney, and lungs. Add salt and pepper, according to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Add coconut milk and pork liver. Stir occasionally to avoid curdling. Add radish or carrot, red chili and long green peppers. Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot with steamed rice.

'Bopiz' with Lamb Liver and Laurel Leaf (Photo courtesy by the lemongrass from Flickr)
'Bopiz' with Lamb Liver and Laurel Leaf (Photo courtesy by the lemongrass from Flickr)
'Bachoy' - Liver, Kidney, and Other Meat Parts Sauteed in Ginger and Spices (Photo courtesy by euniceiscrazy from Flickr)
'Bachoy' - Liver, Kidney, and Other Meat Parts Sauteed in Ginger and Spices (Photo courtesy by euniceiscrazy from Flickr)

How to Cook 'Bachoy'

  1. Sauté garlic, onion, and ginger in hot oil. Stir in beef pancreas and kidney. Add salt and ground pepper. Stir in pork loin and beef liver. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water. Boil for 30 minutes.
  2. Add more water, to make soupy dish. Add egg noodles. Stir in spinach leaves, cover pot, and remove immediately from heat.

How to Serve ‘Bachoy': Ladle the dish into deep serving soup bowls. Sprinkle chopped green onion and crushed pork cracklings as toppings. Place few slices of boiled egg and a pinch of fried garlic on top.

Special 'Bachoy' - Stew with Assorted Meat and Egg Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pork loin, cubed
  • 2/3 cup beef pancreas, boiled and cubed
  • 2/3 cup beef kidney, boiled and cubed
  • 2/3 cup beef liver, boiled and cubed
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup ginger, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ Tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp rock salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 small pack egg noodles
  • ½ cup minced garlic, fried until golden and crisp (for garnishing)
  • 1 cup Pork cracklings (for garnishing)
  • Boiled egg, sliced (for garnishing)
  • Stalks of green onion, chopped (for garnishing)

Homemade 'Bachoy'

'Menudo' - Cubed Pork Meat and Liver Sauteed in Tomato Sauce(Photo courtesy by etherealprey from Flickr)
'Menudo' - Cubed Pork Meat and Liver Sauteed in Tomato Sauce(Photo courtesy by etherealprey from Flickr)

Simple 'Menudo' Recipe

'Menudo' - Pork Meat and Pork Liver with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pork meat, cubed
  • ½ pound pork liver, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece big red onion, chopped
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 2 pieces medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 piece medium carrot, peeled and cubed
  • 1 piece medium green bell pepper, cubed
  • Salt, soy sauce, and ground pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup sausage, sliced (optional)
  • ¼ cup raisin (optional)
  • ¼ cup green peas (optional)
  • ¼ cup grated cheese (optional)

How to cook:

  1. Marinade pork meat in 1 Tbsp of vinegar, ½ Tbsp soy sauce, and ground pepper; for 15 minutes.
  2. Over medium heat, sauté garlic and onion in hot oil. Stir-fry pork meat for 2 minutes. Add salt, soy sauce, and ground pepper, according to taste. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
  3. Pour tomato sauce and mix thoroughly. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes over low-medium heat.
  4. Fill the can with water and pour over simmering meat. Add potatoes and cover again to simmer for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add carrots and pork liver. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add green bell pepper, cover and remove from heat.

Suggestion: Add the optional ingredients when cooking special 'menudo.'

'Menudo' - Pork Meat and Pork Liver with Vegetables (Photo courtesy by umami from Flickr)
'Menudo' - Pork Meat and Pork Liver with Vegetables (Photo courtesy by umami from Flickr)
Fried Liver Served with Liver Gravy 'Estonian Style' (Photo courtesy by Pille - Nami-Nami from Flickr)
Fried Liver Served with Liver Gravy 'Estonian Style' (Photo courtesy by Pille - Nami-Nami from Flickr)

Fried Liver with Gravy

This recipe is very simple and easy.

  1. Just cut the beef liver into strips. Roll in flour and fry.
  2. Arrange fried beef liver strips on a dish with boiled potatoes, chopped fresh dills, and cucumber slices.
  3. Pour hot liver gravy before serving.

Find the recipe for Liver Gravy - Estonian Style here.

Dinuguan - Pork Innards with Pork Blood Stew

One of the specialties in Filipino cuisine is the 'dinuguan'. Blood is 'dugo' in Tagalog. Innards like intestines, kidney, liver, heart, and meat scraps are sliced thinly and cooked together in pork blood until thick.

Dinuguan is served with white rice cakes or 'puto' as snack. It is also served with steaming rice as viand.

Find a dinuguan recipe here.

Dinuguan with Rice Cakes
Dinuguan with Rice Cakes | Source
A Bowl of Dinuguan
A Bowl of Dinuguan | Source

Cooking Tip to Make Tasty and Flagrant Dinuguan

Wash everything thoroughly. Boil once. Wash again thoroughly. Boil together with crushed garlic head, some dried laurel leaves, and a small bundle of dried origano leaves. Drain well when cooked, then cut everything into small cubes.

Pork Innards: Big and Small Intestines, Liver, and Heart
Pork Innards: Big and Small Intestines, Liver, and Heart | Source

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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

OMG, I absolutely HATE liver and other innards!!! My mother used to cook them til they were the consistency of leather!! The photos look so yummy, you may be able to change my mind with your hub :-)!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Haha! I'm sure you'll change your mind completely once you have a taste of all these gorgeous dishes :D Thank you for dropping by!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

These dishes look so yummy. I like liver and I have been adviced to eat it at least once a week to increase my otherwise low iron levels :(

I was bored of eating it always the same way, I didn't know you could make so many deliciously looking meals with it.

Thank you!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, Princessa. I'm glad you like the recipes. Thank you for dropping by :)


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Lgali 7 years ago

Thanks for all nice recipes. Long time you did not visited my hub.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, Lgali! Thank you for dropping by. Got the 30/30 fever, I guess. Haven't you :D


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shai77 6 years ago

Hey :-)

Love your recipes.As always ,you write wonderful. :-)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Cleo - these look and sound absolutely amazingly scrumptious!

Thanks so much. Bookmarked for future reference. Thanks

Love and peace

Tony


Joan 6 years ago

Thanks for these recipes, I am going to try some of them. We dont have livers that often as I want them to be only from the ecologically grown animals but when we get them I always want to make it something special. This sounds promising :-)


Michele U. Farley 6 years ago

I love liver and kidneys when they are cooked properly...had one of my most memorable meals in Paris -- kidneys in Madeira! Rich and elegant. I need to eat foods rich in iron to help treat an anemia from a chronic condition. Thanks for these recipes.


Maliyah 5 years ago

Okay so I thought I was the only one that loved these kind of things lol. I love liver, kidney, heart pretty much everything inside if its cook just right! These recipes jus made my day! Now I can try it with different veriety of tastes. Yummy!


jayprime 5 years ago

Where is the recipe for "Seared Pork Liver Braised with Special Sauce and Sprinkled with Sesame Seeds"?

The photo looke enticing but I can't locate the actual recipe. Am I not looking in the right place?


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Excellent and salivating delicacies you actually shared in here which i enjoyed reading.

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