25 Paleo Liver Recipes You’ll Enjoy Even If You Don’t Like Liver!
Organ meats like liver are some of the most nutritious foods in the world. That’s why pretty much every Paleo expert (including us) suggests you try to add more Paleo liver recipes into your diet.
However, for many of us, the taste of liver is really not that appetizing. And so it can be all too tempting to just give it a miss.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of 25 Paleo liver recipes. They’ll nourish your body and satisfy your tastebuds!
You’ll find traditional recipes like Paleo chicken liver and onions and Paleo liver pate recipes. But you’ll also find innovative liver saute, burger, and chili recipes that can hide the taste of liver really well.
We hope some of these healthy liver recipes will make it onto your dinner table soon!
You can download this entire list of Paleo liver recipes by clicking the green button below or you can use the table of contents to jump to the section you want.
Table Of Contents For Paleo Liver Recipes
- Paleo Beef Liver Recipes
- Paleo Chicken Liver Recipes
- Paleo Liver Pate Recipes
- Paleo Liver Recipes – Other Types of Liver
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Paleo Beef Liver Recipes
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: onion, ghee, grapefruit juice, paleo ketchup, Dijon mustard, coconut sugar, chipotle chili powder, ground cumin, beef liver, salt, ground black pepper, lard or tallow.
Liver is fairly cheap to buy and is packed full of iron and other nutrients so it’s a really healthy option. The slices of liver in this dish are coated in a fresh citrus sauce. This sauce has a kick from the chili and the mustard and has a real barbecue flavor. If you make the sauce quite thick you will find it coats each slice really well.
– The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: beef liver, arrowroot flour, cacao powder, cinnamon, ground clove, Chinese 5 spice, Himalayan or unrefined sea salt, black pepper, bacon, onion, clove garlic, mushrooms, dried apricots, dried oregano, water, balsamic vinegar.
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
Beef liver for some people is quite unpalatable because of the slight metallic taste of it. The answer – mix it with other things! Bacon and liver have long been a traditional partnership, but in this recipe the addition of the apricots livens up the whole dish. With the spices in the sauce you get an Asian-inspired flavor and the balsamic vinegar adds a real depth.
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: beef liver, salt, ground black pepper, tapioca flour, tallow, onion, garlic, celery, tomato sauce, beef stock, sweet peppers, dried oregano, dried thyme.
Some recipes suggest you can soak the liver in coconut milk beforehand as this helps to mellow down the liver flavor. This really helps if you have a problem with the taste – it might even persuade the kids to try it! With the oregano, tomato and sweet peppers, this dish really does have an Italian slant. Although beef liver was used here, this recipe would also work well with chicken livers.
– The Nourished Caveman
Ingredients: ground beef, beef liver, egg, grass fed butter, lemon rind, parsley, shallot or small yellow organic onion, organic garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, beef stock.
Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman
Mixing the liver with ground beef is another great way to get the family to eat and enjoy it. These little dumplings look so appealing and would make a fantastic meal for a chilly day as it is warming and delicious. The lemon rind and onion help to keep these dumplings fresh-tasting and the beef broth contains all the flavors of the ingredients.
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: bacon, almond flour, dried dill weed, salt, pepper, beef liver, butter, fresh lemon juice, parsley.
Here is another example of liver and bacon together – a great combo! When you try this you will notice how well the lemon and dill match up, just as they do on many fish dishes. If you like a lot of lemon with the liver you could add in a spoonful of lemon zest as well as the juice. The citrus helps to give the liver a fresher flavor. If you prefer an even healthier option then you can leave out the almond flour without it affecting the dish much.
– The Domestic Man
Ingredients: beef liver, onion, bacon, butter (ghee), coconut oil, salt, black pepper.
Caramelized onions should be served with everything! They are amazingly sweet and versatile and make the perfect partner for liver and bacon. Cooking the onions over a low heat takes longer, but it makes sure the onion caramelizes perfectly and doesn’t burn. Be careful not to overcook the liver – that’s what puts a lot of people off, because it ends up dried and rubbery!
– Paleo Flourish Magazine
Ingredients: ground beef, ground beef liver, tomatoes, tomato paste, raspberries, orange bell peppers, chili peppers, Italian squash, garlic, paprika, dried oregano, cumin, dried basil, black pepper, chili powder, cayenne pepper.
This is one of my favorite Paleo liver recipes. It’s filled with color from the fruit and the vegetables, it is hearty, and it’s healthy. As well as the raspberries, you could also add a little citrus note by tossing in some orange pieces too. And by cooking this dish in a crockpot, you’ll end up with a filling and nutritious meal to warm you after a difficult day. This liver chili also freezes really well so you can make a large batch and eat it over several weeks.
I love this simple beef liver recipe. Instead of soaking the liver in milk to give it a milder flavor, why not try marinating it in apple cider vinegar? This also helps get rid of any toxins in the liver. You can adjust the amount of cayenne you use if you like the meatballs spicier or cut it down if you are making these for kids. These meatballs can be served with a simple green salad, or with a tomato sauce for dipping.
– Paleo Cajun Lady
Ingredients: beef liver, bacon, white button or cremini mushrooms, kale leaves, organic beef broth, basil leaves, garlic, salt, pepper.
The strong flavors of the basil and garlic in this recipe help to off-set the strength of taste of the liver. The finished article tastes amazing served over cauliflower rice.
These quick and easy burgers are packed full of goodness! If you find beef liver a bit too strong for you, then calf’s liver would work here too. You are in control of the heat in these burgers by simply adjusting the amount of chili flakes you use, which is a good thing to bear in mind if you are making them for your children. One tip – make sure the burgers are cooked right through even if you have to cut one open to find out – raw liver is not a good surprise!
Paleo Chicken Liver Recipes
Adding liver to burgers is a great way to get your family to eat this nutritious organ meat and it’s a way to even the kids to enjoy them. If you are serving these for children, one idea is to make the burgers slightly smaller. Chicken livers have a much milder flavor, ideal for introducing this offal to the family, and these burgers have the added benefit of the sweeter red onions and coriander to enrich the overall taste.
– The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: fat of your choice (ghee, lard or coconut oil preferred), chicken livers, onion, red apple, white balsamic vinegar, raw hazelnuts, organic raisins, fresh rosemary, Himalayan salt, black pepper, mixed greens, endive leaves, water, extra-virgin olive oil.
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
This dish is a fantastic healthy chicken liver recipe! You’ll find a wonderful combination of textures and tastes – the richness of the liver, the sweet apple slices and raisins, and the crunch from the hazelnuts. And it would make a perfect salad to share with family and friends. Cooking the liver on a high heat for a short time also helps to make sure you don’t overcook it, leaving it dried out and rubbery. For this salad you can use any red apple you like, but sweeter ones go better.
This is an ideal easy liver recipe for busy people as it doesn’t take too long to prepare and cook. The baby kale leaves have a milder flavor than the larger ones, but they go really well with the liver. Also adding the apple cider vinegar gives this dish a zing! When you are preparing chicken livers, rinse them and then pat dry on kitchen paper, as this can help avoid any grey bits being left in the pan.
– Paleo Diet and Fitness
Ingredients: goose fat, sweet potatoes, chicken livers, red onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, caraway seeds, ground allspice, salad leaf, spring onions, pomegranate, sweet balsamic vinegar, fresh mint, sea salt, ground black pepper.
This salad is vibrant with the colors of the pomegranate and fresh mint and the spices give you true Moroccan notes. The sweet potato compliments the liver well and the dressing is sweet, fruity, and bursting with flavor. This makes a wonderful meal any time. And because the chicken livers tend to be softer than beef liver, this salad can also be eaten cold and makes a great lunch-time alternative to take to work.
– Everyday Maven
Ingredients: chicken livers, egg, almond meal, almond flour, kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, virgin coconut oil.
This is a totally different way to cook chicken livers since you end up with perfect crispy pieces that can then be served with a garlic dip or a salsa. They are wonderfully spiced, but if you are not too keen on spice they taste just as good with less cayenne. If you have an issue with eggs, you can coat the livers in the spiced mix alone; just press them a little firmer into the crumb to make it stick.
– Paleo Polly
Ingredients: blackberries, chicken liver, spinach, watercress salad, salt, pepper, cider vinegar, honey, coconut flour, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, garlic, olive oil.
If you have access to picking wild or farmed blackberries then we recommend you try this salad. The fruity berry compote adds a whole new dimension to salad dressings and makes the whole meal delicious! Don’t worry if you can’t find elderberries – they are seasonal after all – but they certainly add a sophisticated level to the taste. With its vibrant colors and aromas, this salad would make a great appetizer for a dinner party.
– Autoimmune Wellness
Ingredients: uncured bacon, onion, garlic, beef liver, rosemary, thyme, coconut oil, sea salt, fresh carrot or cucumber.
Good Paleo beef liver pate recipes can be tough to find, which is what makes this particular recipe even better. Plus it’s AIP (paleo auotimmune protocol friendly) so it’s perfect for guests with allergies.
– The Whole Smiths
Ingredients: chicken livers, butter or ghee, cremini mushrooms, portobello mushroom, onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, chicken stock, salt.
This gravy can definitely be described as hearty! It’s full of earthy flavors from the mushrooms, and there’s added herbiness from the rosemary and thyme. That’s why this Paleo liver gravy is an ideal partner to roast chicken, turkey or even pork. The result of this recipe can be quite thick, but that can easily be adjusted to suit your family’s taste by adding more chicken stock.
Paleo Liver Pate Recipes
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: bacon, chicken livers, white onion, garlic cloves, sea salt, black pepper, small peppers, baby Portobello mushrooms, thyme, dill, lemon zest, olive oil, parsley.
Many Paleo liver recipes like this one make great appetizers. Or you can serve it on a large plate as finger-food at a party if you can find smaller peppers. Turning the chicken livers into a homemade liver pate makes it so versatile as it can also be used for stuffing joints of meat as well as vegetables. The pate has a rich and savory flavor, complimented by the dill and thyme and lifted by the addition of the lemon zest.
Liver pate has long been a favorite appetizer in many restaurants world-wide, so you could add this one to your repertoire for dinner parties. Or just enjoy it yourself! It is so creamy and light, and thanks to the apple, has a surprisingly fresh taste. This can be eaten just as it is, along with a salad or as a dip for vegetables when entertaining. If you prefer your pate a little coarser then just skip the sieving step.
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: chicken livers, Kosher salt, ground black pepper, onion, chicken fat, eggs.
This homemade liver pate recipe is designed to be a bit more rustic than the smooth pate recipes. In particular, it adds in chopped eggs. This is a traditional Jewish dish, normally associated with the Passover festival, but it makes a delicious starter to any meal. The soft, caramelized onions add another boost to the flavor of the pate and the seasoning can be added right at the end so you can adjust it to suit your tastes.
This is another traditional easy liver pate recipe. Chicken liver pate is normally smooth and creamy, unlike the more rustic pates. This recipe makes a great addition to a meal. Or you can serve it on Paleo crackers or with veggie sticks when you are entertaining. Carrot and celery sticks make fantastic modes of transporting this delicious pate to your mouth!
Paleo Liver Recipes – Other Types of Liver
– Eat Drink Paleo
Ingredients: lamb livers, butter or ghee, red onion, sea salt, black grapes, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce (optional), sea salt, black pepper, ghee or coconut oil, butter, garlic clove, baby spinach
Liver tends to go well with fruity salty or acidic flavors, so in this recipe the grapes make a perfect match. Feel free to swap red grapes for white if you already have them handy or prefer them.
Blueberries are another fruit that goes well with liver. Plus, the fact that there are spicy peppers in this dish really help to make the whole meal go down well, especially if you are not really a liver fan. The spiciness can be adjusted to suit your personal taste, but the liver is quite a mild ingredient so it can take a bit of heat. Beef or chicken liver can also be used here, or if you’re adventurous, try lamb liver.
While liver sautes might seem odd, this is probably one of the easiest Paleo liver recipes. And it’s amazingly delicious. As we have seen before, liver and citrus makes for a great combination. In this recipe, the heat from the chilis and the subtle warmth from the cinnamon help mask the liver taste. It’s why this recipe is great for those who are not so keen on the liver flavor. Try not to overcook the liver as that can make it a bit rubbery – cooking it quickly on a higher heat works quite well.
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