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How to Cook Beef Liver (Your Kids Will Love)

fried liver, beef liver, kid approved, family recipe
Recipe and Picture By Mary Shrader | Mary's Nest

Did you know organ meats are one of the most nutrient dense food for your body? Beef liver in particular is packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin A, Iron, and Copper. It can be challenging to some to take the jump to eat organ meats, but luckily December 2019 Featured Chef Mary Shrader has a beef liver recipe the whole family will love.

Liver That Actually Tastes Delicious!

Encouraging children to eat liver, especially beef liver, can sometimes be very challenging.  But with this recipe, you’ll turn bite-sized pieces of liver into crunchy morsels that your kids will eat right up—one after the other!

Yes, frying the beef liver helps tremendously, but sometimes even a good batter dip can’t hide the strong flavor of this organ meat. That’s where the buttermilk comes in.

With a good soak, the liver’s flavor will soften and be almost undetectable once batter dipped and fried. This is great news if you have kids who have turned their nose up to liver in the past. But that’s all about to change when you bring this liver to the table!


fried liver, beef liver, kid approved, family recipe
Recipe and Picture By Mary Shrader | Mary’s Nest

How to Cook Beef Liver (Your Kids Will Love)

Recipe by: Mary Shrader , Mary’s Nest

USWM Shopping List: Beef Liver, Beef Tallow


  • 1 pound Beef liver, partially frozen
  • Beef tallow Enough to fill pot one inch
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt


  • Cut beef liver with a serrated knife into 2-inch pieces.
  • Place liver pieces into buttermilk, and soak for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove liver pieces from the buttermilk and roll in flour.
  • Dip dusted liver back into buttermilk and then roll in flour again.
  • Place liver pieces on a baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack.
  • Place enough tallow in a heavy bottom pot, so that when it is melted, it measures at least 1 inch from the bottom.
  • Melt tallow to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place four pieces of liver in heated fat and fry until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove fried livers from pot and place to drain on a paper towel or cooling rack placed over a baking sheet. Sprinkle fried livers with salt.
  • Repeat process until all livers pieces have been fried.
  • Serve immediately with Fermented Ketchup.

Video Recipe Instructions


We owe a special thank you to Mary for this inspiring idea for Beef Liver. Check out the Discover Blog for more delicious beef liver recipes.




Mary Shrader, December Featured Chef, About Me

Mary Shrader

Mary Shrader is a former New York City Girl now living the simple life with her husband in Texas. She has been making delicious, traditional foods for over 20 years.

So whether your kitchen is in a city apartment, a house in the suburbs, or on a farm in the country…join Mary on this Traditional Foods journey to create Nutrient Rich Meals that nourish family, friends – and yourself! Visit Mary’s Nest for more amazing recipes and kitchen tips.