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How to Cook Pork Liver

How to cook pork liver on the stove perfectly is here. Just like cooking beef liver you can add onions into the pan or just fry until tender and serve for dinner with rice. A high protein nutritious meal you will love.

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Pork livers can be delicious, we will show you how. There are tips and tricks to cooking liver perfectly. In a skillet turns out great, but in a pressure cooker or baked in the oven works too. Let us share all the ways to cook organ meat so you can try them all. (affiliate links present)

Pork Liver Recipe

Can’t get away from the fact that this HAS to be cooked with or served alongside of caramelized onions? I get it, you can do that too. A great way to add lots more flavor with very few calories for sure. For both you can add heat and a spicy nature to the dish. Adjust as you like so every bite is just right.

  • 1 pound of pasture raised pork liver
  • All purpose flour will create a coating in order to brown it to a nice texture
  • Salt and pepper is a given as far as seasoning the outsides first
  • Minced garlic goes on in and on everything I make
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil is a great choice for sautéing on the stovetop
  • Sesame seeds are optional but will dress them up for serving

1/2 tsp chili flakes red pepper flakes can be used for a bit of added spicy but not necessary of course. This recipe uses fresh pieces. If yours are frozen you would want to defrost them first for these instructions, if you don’t have time for that we will discuss that below.

Pork Livers

How to Cook Pork Liver

It’s worth noting that liver in general is higher in cholesterol than other proteins. It may not be great to eat often for people with certain health conditions. Everything in moderation I say though so a little every so often could be enjoyed as a meal or nutritious side dish. In every 4 ounces you will get about;

  • Calories = 165
  • Protein = 27 grams
  • Fat = 5 grams
  • Carbs = 3 grams

How to Cook Frozen Liver

If yours are still rock hard there is still a way to get this done. You won’t be able to soak them so the flavor will be more intense when done, note that. You first need to separate your pieces. Run cool water over them and use your hands to break them apart. Then pour a few tbsp of oil into a pan over medium heat.

It’s no different than with frozen deer liver. Add your pieces and put a lid on your pan for 2-3 minutes. Flip slices over and cover again for 2 minutes. At this point they should be mostly thawed, almost all the way thru. Now if you still want it coated you can use tongs to remove each piece, dip into seasoned flour on both sides and return to the pan. 2 minutes on each side should get you a similar result as you see here.

Pork Liver Recipe

Pork Livers

As far as seasoning organ meat goes that is up to you but you likely want a decent amount. Just like with our Instant Pot liver and onions I think it is great to coat with a bit of flour tossed with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Not only does it give it flavor but adds a bit of “breading” to the outside.

Should you soak pork liver?

If you want to lessen the gamey flavor then yes you should. Just submerge pieces in milk and let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to an hour. Then remove, blot dry with paper towels and cook as desired.

If you do want to soak them a bit beforehand you should use lemon water. Rinse the liver, soak the liver in milk or buttermilk and let sit for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour. If longer than 10 put the bowl in the fridge. When ready, remove each piece and blot outsides dry with paper towels.

  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. Dip each piece of liver in flour to coat.
  • Fry the chopped garlic in sesame oil for 30 seconds over medium high heat. Then add the liver to the same pan.
  • Fry on low heat for about 5 minutes per side.
  • Flip the liver pieces to the other side, sprinkle with chili flakes and continue to fry for another 4 minutes, covering the pan with a lid.
  • Put the hot pork liver and onions on a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds, chopped parsley and serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

If you want to add chopped onions into the mix saute those at the very beginning with some salted butter until cooked onions have been softened to your liking. Then proceed to other steps. You basically do the same thing with chicken livers too.

How to Cook Pork Liver

Is it Safe to Eat Liver

It is as long as you purchase it from a reputable source, Make sure it is fresh and doesn’t have any unusual odors or discoloration to it. The color should be pink and not grey with a bit of a bounce when touched, it should not be mushy at all.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to cook it. You should consume it within a few days of buying it during the sell by date on it’s package. Always remember to wash your hands, the utensils used, and cutting boards before and after handling your pieces. Do not prepare other ingredients on the same board as you may contaminate them.

Cooked internal temperature for liver is at least 160 degrees F or 71 degrees C to kill any bacteria that may be present. Use a meat thermometer to check when removed from the heat source itself. Make sure the thickest part reaches this temp and is fully cooked before consuming it.

  • Avoid eating liver that is still pink or has any bloody juices, as this may indicate that it is not fully cooked.
Pork Liver

Recipe with Organ Meat

Hate wasting food and want to eat all the things? We have made other organ meats as well as this one like how long to cook beef heart and chicken gizzards can be great little bites as well.

If you love this and want to make it more often keep an eye on sales. When you find a great one you can package it up to use year round. This is how long you can freeze meat safely before it goes bad or develops freezer burn.

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Pork Liver

How to cook pork liver on the stove perfectly is here. Add caramelized onions into the pan or just fry until tender and serve for dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook, pork liver, stove
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 207kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Put pieces in a bowl and cover with milk. Let sit in fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour. When ready, remove each piece and blot outsides dry with paper towels.
  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. Dip each piece of liver in flour to coat.
  • Fry the chopped garlic in sesame oil for 30 seconds, and then add the liver to the same pan. Fry on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the liver pieces to the other side, sprinkle with chili flakes and continue to fry for another 4 minutes, covering the pan with a lid.
  • Put the hot pork liver on a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds, chopped parsley and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Pork Liver
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 341mg114%
Sodium 297mg13%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.04g0%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 24625IU493%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 27mg150%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Julie

Tuesday 2nd of April 2024

Thank you so much for this recipe! I used tigernut flour instead of all-purpose flour, added a few drops of garlic oil to the sesame oil (can't tolerate garlic, sadly), and used five spices instead of chili flakes. It was heavenly, and it smells so good! It felt like my kitchen had been transformed into an intimate Chinese restaurant. Going to explore more of what you offer. Warm wishes to you!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 2nd of April 2024

Oh yay!

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