Absolute Best Liver and Onions


This liver and onions recipe will turn liver haters into converts! It's very simple to make but the three things that will set your liver above all others are: 1) soak in milk, 2) turn the liver as little as possible when cooking, and 3) don't overcook.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 pounds sliced beef liver

  • 1 ½ cups milk, or as needed

  • ¼ cup butter, divided

  • 2 large Vidalia onions, sliced into rings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Gently rinse liver slices under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a shallow dish; pour in enough milk to cover. Let stand while preparing onions, or set aside for longer if you have time. Soaking will remove any bitterness.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion rings; cook and stir in butter until tender and soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer onions into a bowl and set the skillet aside.

  3. Place flour on a plate; season with salt and pepper. Drain milk from liver and coat liver slices in flour mixture.

  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the same skillet; increase heat to medium-high and fry coated liver slices until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Return onions to the skillet and reduce heat to medium; continue to cook until onions are heated through and liver is slightly pink inside, or longer to suit your taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

687 Calories
21g Fat
74g Carbs
49g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 687
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 578mg 193%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 12mg 67%
Potassium 939mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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