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Liver and Onions (and Peppers and Potatoes)

I love traditional liver and onions but I never understood why they stop with just onions. So I added some other hearty veggies and it was delicious.


Liver and Onions (and Peppers and Potatoes)

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I hear that liver and onions is an acquired taste, but if that’s true I must have acquired it in the womb because I’ve always loved this dish.

The softness of the liver (if it’s cooked right) and the crispy coating on it is my definition of comfort food and plus you get to try a cut of meat that’s kind of uncommon, which is always something I like.

My one problem with the traditional dish is that I could never figure out why people used just onions when they prepare it. So I figured I’d try some other veggies along with the onions and guess what: Improvement!

liver and veggies

Liver and Onions

I love traditional liver and onions but I never understood why they stop with just onions. So I added some other hearty veggies and it was delicious.
2.38 from 8 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dishes
Servings 4 Servings
Yield 1 pound beef liver


  • 1 pound beef liver calf liver is the best if you can find it, sliced thin
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper sliced thin
  • 1 green or yellow pepper sliced thin
  • 2 Russet potatoes diced into ¼ inch cubes
  • 3 Tablespoons neutral oil for cooking veggies
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon dried mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • ⅓-½ Cup ¾-1 stick of unsalted butter (for cooking liver)
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Cup cream approx


  • Slice liver ¼ inch thin and lay in a shallow pan.  Cover with milk and let marinate for 20-30 minutes while you prep everything else.
  • Mix flour and spices together in a medium bowl.
  • Slice peppers and onions so they are roughly the same width.  Peel and dice potatoes.
  • Add a few Tablespoons neutral oil to a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add all the veggies.  Stir and cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove veggies to an oven-safe bowl or dish and store in a warm oven (200 degrees) until needed.
  • Take pan off heat while you prep liver.  Take liver slices and dredge lightly in flour mixture.
  • 7)  Add butter to cast iron skillet and return to medium-high heat.
  • Once butter is melted and hot, add liver slices.  Don’t crowd the pan.   Work in a few batched if you need to.  Cook liver  for about 90 seconds on each side.  Don’t overcook it or it will be really rough.
  • Remove liver from pan and turn heat down to low.  Add balsamic vinegar and scrape up any bits in the pan.  Add cream and stir to combine.
  • Spoon balsamic sauce over liver and veggies and serve immediately.


Serving: 0.25poundCalories: 872kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 38gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 390mgSodium: 145mgPotassium: 1267mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 21363IUVitamin C: 102mgCalcium: 214mgIron: 10mg
Keyword Economical Dishes, Liver, Liver and Onions, Main Dish

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Preparing the liver

When you get your liver (you’ll probably have to ask your butcher), it most likely won’t be sliced (unless you have a really nice butcher). That’s okay though because liver is really tender and easy to slice. Just be gentle with it and slice up about a pound of it into 1/4 inch thick slices.

If there are any tough tendons or something, just cut them off. Pile your slices in a dish.

liver sliced
Try to slice this pretty thin.

Once your liver is sliced, cover the slices with milk and let them marinate for 20-30 minutes. The milk will tenderize the meat and keep it really nice and juicy. It’s not an essential step but I think it’s worth it. It also makes it easier for the flour to stick on later.

milk soak
Buttermilk might work too…

While the liver is marinating, get your flour mixture together for coating the liver slices. Add a few cups of flour to a medium bowl along with a good pinch of salt and pepper, some paprika, and dried mustard. You could use a wide variety of spices here, but I wanted to keep mine pretty simple.

flour stuff
Pretty basic.

Also, wash all your veggies, peel your potatoes, and slice and dice them all up. You’re looking for pretty even slices on the onions and peppers and then a nice even dice on the potatoes.

Why stop at onions?

Cooking the dish

This dish is technically a one-pot dish since it should all be cooked in a nice, sturdy cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook the veggies first by adding a few tablespoons of neutral oil to your cast iron skillet and add the onions, peppers, and potatoes. Cook these for about 10 or 15 minutes until all the veggies are nice and soft. Be sure to test the potatoes as they’ll be the last thing to be nice and tender.

veggies cooking
This makes me hungry.

Once your veggies are done, remove them to an oven safe bowl or dish and keep them in a warm oven until we need them (200 degrees).

Back to the liver. Take your skillet off the heat while you prep the liver. Take the slices and lightly dredge them in the flour mixture. Dust off any extra flour and set the slices on a plate. You don’t need a really thick coating for this dish.

Also get out some butter!

flour coated
Butter because… why not?

Now you could cook these in oil, but there’s something really decadent and delicious about cooking them in butter. This isn’t a time to count calories people, just go with it.

Add about 3/4 of a stick (3 ounces) of butter into your cast iron skillet and crank up the heat to medium-high. Let it melt. It should be bubbling nicely. As an aside, there’s no need to clean out your pan between the veggies and the liver. Any oil leftover will just help cook the liver.

Once the butter is hot, add slices of liver. Don’t overcrowd the pan and make sure the slices aren’t overlapping so they brown nicely.

Julia Childs would be proud of me.

These don’t need long to cook. About 90 seconds per side should do the trick. Try not to overcook them as liver gets tough pretty quickly when it’s overcooked. When they are done, remove them to a plate to rest.

Making the sauce

The sauce is optional as the liver is pretty good without it, but I figure if you have all this good butter and stuff in a pan, the country of France might come get you if you don’t make a sauce out of it.

This is a really easy sauce to make. Once all your liver is done, turn your heat down to low and add a few Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Use the vinegar to scrape up any little bits stuck to the pan and stir it in with the butter and everything. Then add about 1/4-1/3 Cup of cream and stir it together until it’s combined.

The sauce goes great with the liver and the veggies. Serve this meal as soon as possible!

liver and stuff
The sauce is KILLER.

So I know that this won’t be the most popular dish I’ve ever made, but I really enjoy it.

Any other liver lovers out there? Speak up!

20 Responses to “Liver and Onions (and Peppers and Potatoes)” Leave a comment

  1. I like liver. We usually eat pork and chicken liver, not so much calf liver. I've never tried cooking it this way, will try next time.

  2. Did you get Betsy to eat this??!! It would never have been served at our house – even though her father loved it..

  3. I used to enjoy Liver and Onions as a child. Some people serve it with bacon, too. Wish I could get my husband to eat it. He won't get anywhere near something like this. The gravy on top looks absolutely amazing – creamy and delicious.

  4. I have to say… liver makes me gag. To be fair, though, I have only had it one time, when I took the teeniest possible bite, chewed twice, and spit it out. This is weird because I am a fairly adventurous eater, and I gotta say, you make liver and onions look gooood! I can't say I will try this, but I have bookmarked it, and I might come back to it one day when I have a wild hair. Kudos for going outside the box! (Also I haven't commented in a long time and I just wanted to pop my head back in cuz I loves ya)

  5. It looks really good. I've never really cooked with calf liver. I eat a lot of pig and chicken liver.
    Will try this recipe sometime :)

  6. My mother cooked liver and onions Hungarian style all during my childhood. Because she kept a kosher household, she used chicken schmaltz to cook it in rather than butter and to this day (even tho I don't keep a kosher household) I render chicken fat to cook this dish – both my husband and I enjoy it about once a month on regular rotation. Finding calve's liver in NC is kind of tricky but it is getting easier. I sometimes serve it over wide noodles or alongside mashed potatoes.

  7. Absolutely love liver. My mom used to fix it when I was a kid but the rest of my siblings didn't like it. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  8. I've always loved liver. But I'm Asian, Asian-American, and it seems like I was exposed to it- And organ meats in general- as a child. I like calf/beef and chicken liver. When there is a stew or dish that uses many parts of the chicken my favorite is always the liver :)

  9. I have been searching for chalupa shell recipes and found yours and will be trying it. I also love the liver recipe and that is on my to do list. I read your about page and thanks for your putting this site together. I will be back checking everything out in bits and pieces when I have time. Our grown son likes to cook so I may be forwarding some recipes his way.

  10. I make my own liver in a spicy tomato sauce. I lightly fry the onions and chopped garlic in olive oil then I add the tomato paste (with chilli already blended in), add salt, white and black peppers, let then fry corn awhile and then I add in the liver last and reduce the heat and let it stew for a while and let the juice get into the liver and do not forget a dash of Worcestershire sauce. It goes with potatoes, basmati rice, and even a plain omelette.

  11. This is a great recipe. The only thing I did different was cook the potatoes separately from the onions and peppers. The sauce was fantastic!

  12. Great recipe. Was looking for pork liver recipe and stumbled across this one. The sauce caught my eyes. Will be making it tomorrow with mash potatoes. Sounds delicious and looks amazing with the onions and peppers. Thank you!

  13. This was absolutely delicious. Thank you for this keeper recipe. I used chicken liver and def would recommend making the recommended sauce.

  14. I grew up eating liver, onions & fried taters. Liver is so good & healthy for you too. I always fry my liver in butter! Trust me, it’s delicious. If it were up to me I’d just have my liver & onions only, no taters. Give this recipe a try. I’ve made mine this way for 43 yrs. Can’t go wrong!

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