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The Benefits of Liver and Fried Liver Recipe

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content-sharing websites. She's the author of 12 books and helps other authors publish theirs.

I remember back in junior high school our teacher asked us what we had for breakfast. My response was liver. Yes, I actually had liver for breakfast. And it was so good. Of course, everyone made a face at that answer. And it wasn't just because I had liver for breakfast but because I had liver period. What's so bad about eating liver? Nothing. It tastes great, if not overcooked, and it is good for you too. So before you cringe at the thought of eating liver you should give it a try.

Some will say that liver is an acquired taste, and maybe it is, but in my opinion it is delicious from the very first bite, if not overcooked. Maybe that's because I've been raised in a family where liver is a common dish.

At first, I used to only eat calf liver but then I tried beef liver and now eat both of them. Sometimes I eat chicken liver too but I prefer to make that into a delicious pâté.

The Benefits of Liver

Liver (beef and calf) is rich in iron, protein, vitamin A and the B complex vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, and B-12. So the next time you cringe at the thought of putting liver into your body think again. You will do yourself a lot of good by consuming liver. And contrary to what you might think the taste is not bad at all. I urge you to give liver a try before you turn away from it. You will not regret it.

5 stars from 1 rating of fried liver
Fried calf liver
Fried calf liver


  • liver, beef, or calf
  • onion, yellow or Spanish
  • grapeseed oil, (or whatever you prefer to cook with)
  • sea salt

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Remove the liver (beef, or calf) from its packaging, drain of any blood, and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Place the liver onto a cutting board and using a meat knife slice the liver into wide strips.
  3. Place some flour onto a plate and roll the sliced liver in the flour, making sure that all the sides of the liver are coated with flour.
  4. Place the skillet on medium heat and add grapeseed oil (or whatever oil you prefer to cook with). Once the skillet is hot add the liver and sprinkle with sea salt. Fry for three to three-and-a-half minutes. Then turn the liver over with a spatula, sprinkle with sea salt, and fry for three to three-and-a-half minutes. When the liver is done cooking remove onto a plate.
  5. Meanwhile, peel and slice a yellow or Spanish onion and fry in some butter in a separate skillet until golden brown. Keep on turning it over with a spatula so it doesn't burn. Use as little or as much onion as you desire. (I prefer lots of it.) Add the fried onion onto the fried liver and enjoy.

Side Dishes for Fried Liver

You can enjoy fried liver by itself or eat it with a side dish. Sometimes I opt for a green salad if I want a lighter side dish. Other times I eat it with potatoes. I think they go great with fried liver. I love eating fried liver with fried potatoes best, though boiled or mashed ones are good too.

If I am not in the mood for potatoes, I sometimes make pasta to go along with it. I love ring shaped pasta and recently that's what I've been having as a side dish when eating fried liver. It is really good.

fried beef liver and ring shaped pasta
fried beef liver and ring shaped pasta

© 2012 Lena Kovadlo


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