Beef Liver and Onions

Title: Classic Beef Liver and Onions


  • 1 pound (450g) beef liver, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 4 tablespoons butter or cooking oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional, for deglazing)
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the Liver:
    • Rinse the beef liver slices under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. If the liver has a membrane, you may choose to remove it.
  2. Dredge in Flour:
    • Dredge the liver slices in the flour, ensuring they are well-coated. Shake off any excess flour.
  3. Sauté Onions:
    • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter or oil over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook until they are caramelized and golden brown. This may take around 10-15 minutes. Remove the caramelized onions from the skillet and set them aside.
  4. Cook Liver:
    • In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter or oil. Once hot, carefully place the dredged liver slices into the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the liver is browned on the outside but still slightly pink on the inside.
  5. Season and Optional Thyme:
    • Season the liver with salt, pepper, and dried thyme (if using). Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  6. Deglaze with Balsamic Vinegar (Optional):
    • If desired, deglaze the skillet with balsamic vinegar, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This adds a rich flavor to the dish.
  7. Combine Liver and Onions:
    • Reintroduce the caramelized onions to the skillet, mixing them with the cooked liver. Allow them to heat together for a couple of minutes.
  8. Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish the beef liver and onions with chopped fresh parsley (if using). Serve hot.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 35-40 minutes
  • Intensity: Easy

Note: Beef liver and onions pairs well with mashed potatoes or rice. The caramelized onions add sweetness, and the liver is rich in flavor. Adjust the cooking time according to your preference for doneness. Enjoy this classic and nutritious dish!

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