Pork Liver with Onions

If you like liver, you will love this easy and delicious way of cooking it. Even if you don't like liver, try this pork liver with onions recipe and you might learn to like it. Moreover, liver is a good source of vitamin A, iron, zinc, and a very good source of protein, vitamin D, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, selenium and other vitamins. So this is definitely a healthy recipe!
Pork Liver with Onions


  • 1 pound pork liver
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 onion (peeled)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt (to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • pepper (to taste)
Prep time:
40 minutes
Cook time:
12 minutes
Total time:
52 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings | Prep time: 40 minutes | Cook time: 12 minutes | Total time: 52 minutes


1. Rinse liver and remove thin outer membrane (if there is any). Slice the liver into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices.
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2. Soak the liver slices in milk for 1/2 - 1 hr.
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3. Cut the onion into rings and then cut the rings into quarters.
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4. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 3 tablespoons oil.
5. Dredge the liver slices in flour and brown (for about 3 minutes per side).
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6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add onion and cook until onion is soft (about 5 minutes). Be careful not to overcook, or liver will be tough.
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7. Serve with mashed potatoes or any other of your favorite side dish, to taste.


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A Hit!

Guest October 4, 2020 1:04 PM
Fixed today following directions and my husband said this was the way it should be fixed for people that don’t eat liver and onions. I still won’t eat it, but he loved it! This recipe is a keeper and so simple. Thank you!

alenatrs October 5, 2020 12:34 PM
That’s just awesome! I’m so glad your husband enjoyed it! - Alena

more info needed

Guest May 31, 2020 7:12 AM
the potatoe looks really nice also. what is the recipe for that?

alenatrs June 1, 2020 9:59 PM
As far as I remember, this was the Japanese Potato Salad (link for the recipe - https://www.mydeliciousmeals.com/recipe/japanese-potato-salad) :) - Alena

liver - how long cook

Guest March 23, 2020 1:52 PM
Hi like the sound of this, but how long should live be pan fried for?

alenatrs April 8, 2020 7:26 PM
Like the recipe says, 3 minutes per side, than about 5 minutes after onion addition. The internal temperature should be at least 160F (71C). - Alena

So simple!

Guest April 5, 2019 5:22 PM
I would like to know if you pat the liver dry before browning in the skillet? Thanks!

alenatrs April 16, 2019 1:37 PM
Nope, I just shake off the excess milk and then dredge the liver pieces. - Alena


Guest July 8, 2018 9:21 AM
I never heard about milk step but will try. Thank You. Try whith bacon and gravy :)

alenatrs July 10, 2018 1:49 PM
Sounds delish :) Soaking liver in milk is a common technique, it is said to remove impurities, soften flavor and tenderize liver.

Delicious dinner for one

Guest May 31, 2018 10:46 PM
Not only is this a delicious way to cook pork liver but I loved how I can convert the recipie into a single serving. Wish more recipie sites would do this.

alenatrs June 1, 2018 9:38 AM
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy using our website!

Simply delicious home cooking.

Guest March 27, 2018 7:25 PM
Pork liver is as delicious as beef liver. Your recipe is simple, tried and true.

alenatrs April 12, 2018 7:47 PM
Thank you for nice words!

can we adapt this ?

Guest February 7, 2018 2:51 PM
Can you do this without the milk, or does this help soften and help break the liver down, problem is I am allergic to milk

alenatrs April 12, 2018 7:47 PM
I think omitting the milk will still lead to a great tasting liver! I often do this when I'm short of time ;)

Liver and onions

Guest January 15, 2018 6:02 PM
Love this.the milk soaking is great.

alenatrs January 27, 2018 9:37 PM
Awesome! I’m glad to hear that you loved the recipe!

Not a Big Fan

Guest November 5, 2017 9:12 AM
Im typically not a fan of liver, but I live on a farm and the bacon stash is low so I cooked the pork liver according to this recipe. It was bomb. Ill probably cook it again, which is not something I've ever desired of liver.

alenatrs November 5, 2017 7:50 PM
I'm glad to hear that you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review!

Like this

Guest October 1, 2017 2:35 PM
I like the way u cook pork liver. I'll try.

I have cooked liver many

SarahUSA September 17, 2013 9:52 PM
I have cooked liver many times this way, as I grew up loving liver and onions. Sometimes I soak liver in milk overnight and get best liver ever. It's always a big hit and no leftovers!


vishenka July 28, 2013 12:54 PM
This was a fantastic dinner idea!! The liver was very tender and mild flavored. I did soak the liver in milk for about 3 hours. This is by far one of my favorite liver recipes.

Love liver and onions!

kirstin555 April 11, 2013 9:24 AM
Thank you for this recipe it worked great. I made a few changes by adding bacon and more onions to it, and some sugar to caramelize the onions. Came out pretty good and yummy.

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