Classic Beef Liver Pate

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Beef liver pate is a classic appetizer for any time of the year. For many nose-to-tail eating is uncharted territory. However, this is one of my easy keto recipes you don’t want to miss!

I highly recommend beginning your organ meats journey with liver. My A to Z Guide to Liver Pate on Keto and Carnivore Diets covers all the ins and outs of pate making so you can make some today!

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Benefits of Eating Organ Meats

Organs are highly concentrated sources of nutrition. For example, the health benefits of liver are almost off the charts!

Because they are still relatively underappreciated, you can usually find them at quite affordable prices (sometimes free!).

There are many options that add variety to your diet.

I am overjoyed to see how many more people embrace the benefits of organ meats now than I did back in 2013 when we started promoting it publicly.

Many butcher shops are now stocking organ meats. Online shops are also responding to the rising demand for organs. Learn where to buy liver near you!

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How to Serve a Classic Beef Liver Pate

Like any good dip or pate, you need some dip-ables!

If you follow a keto diet, choose your favorite low-carb veggie stick or cracker. If you do well with carbs, break out the sourdough French bread!

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Serve pate with:

  • Just a spoon (my personal favorite)
  • Crispy bacon slices
  • Fresh slices of cucumber
  • Celery sticks (assuming no oxalate sensitivity)
  • Baked vegetable chips
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Other quick and easy low carb, keto snacks

Liver pate is one of my go-to keto appetizers for a crowd.

If you prefer cooking without dairy, try this Dairy Free Ox Liver Pate recipe instead.

Or maybe chicken liver is more your style? If so, try this alcohol-free Chicken Liver Pate Recipe (with Carnivore diet option).

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Fiber Free aka “Carnivore”

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You might do well with keto carnivore recipes but some folks find they prefer a fiber-free Carnivore Diet. If you are interested in zero-carb carnivore diet recipes, follow the same directions below but omit the garlic, thyme, and pepper.

Serve a la louche (by the spoon), with bacon as a dipper, or on the side of your meat.

If you’re looking for more delicious zero-fiber recipes, you’ll find over 100 recipes made from just the essentials: animal protein and fats in my Carnivore Cookbook!

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Classic Beef Liver Pate

Jessica Haggard
A smooth and creamy beef liver pate for organ meat beginners and connoisseurs alike. Serve as an appetizer or on the side of your next meal.
4.46 from 37 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Traditional
Servings 6 servings
Calories 170 kcal


  • Food processor



  • Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet. Add finely minced garlic and cook on medium-high until translucent, 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, trim the connective tissue off of the liver and slice to thin strips. Add beef liver to pan, increase to high heat. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper. Sear liver for 60 seconds on each side.
  • Remove liver from heat and let cool, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. While blending/pureeing, add the remaining butter and cream (if using). Add more salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  • Once the mixture is completely smooth, remove from blender and put in ramekins or a glass container and cover tightly. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight (preferred) to harden and let flavors meld.
  • Serve with cucumber, celery, bacon or just a spoon.

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 6811IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 2mg

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Meet Jessica Haggard

Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes.

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37 thoughts on “Classic Beef Liver Pate”

  1. Would it ruin the recipe if I added a couple more tbsp of fat or doubled it? I’ve never made this before, but I plan to use duck fat because I also plan to be dairy free for a while to see what that’s like.

  2. 5 stars
    Omg! I just made the liver pate and its amazing!! Thank you so much for a simple, healthy liver pate. Been trying to find a good one without oils and sugar , extremely hard these days.
    Decided to make my own, bought a few books from you and so far, very happy “carnivorish” customer. ???

    • WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for sharing this feedback with me! We have lots of carnivore-friendly recipes to try and material to learn from so I hope we enjoy a friendship together 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I loved your recipe. It was so simple. It has given me ideas for a lot of different pates. One thing I did was made some unflavored gelatin added black peppercorns on top of my pate ramekins and Herbs de Provence to the others then covered the pate and herbs with the gelatin to preserve them to keep a little longer than 3 days. I guess you can always freeze them too but this would give it a bit more refinement.

  4. 5 stars
    I have a dairy allergy and subsituted 4 tbsp of coconut oil instead of both the butter and cream. It was still very delicious. Thanks and Cheers!

    • Soaking the liver in milk before cooking gives it a more mild flavor. Some people soak in a saltwater brine before pan-frying for this same reason. You may or may not want to do this for sauteeing whole liver. I never soak ground liver.

    • 4 stars
      I have a terrible history with liver, I’ve tried it twice in my life, and both times had me running for the trash and dry heaving. However, I am on a carnivore diet and I need to get organ meats in, so I decided to give this recipe a go. It was extremely easy to make, it looked good, it smelled good. I tasted it, and I have to say that the initial flavor actually isn’t bad. It’s definitely eatable. The problem is the back end flavor, that aftertaste? It’s still very irony.

      What I’ll probably end up doing is slathering this on a good steak, to try to mask even more of that aftertaste. Overall, four stars because it’s liver and it’s actually edible for me. Not perfect though because that aftertaste is still going to get me. Although, I would be amazed if I could find a recipe that took that away.

      Thanks for sharing this though! I’m just super happy to find a liver recipe that I can actually tolerate.

  5. Hi. Just an FYI, I saw someone had asked about freezing pate and I have. I made single servings with a small ice cream baller, put them on a tray in the freezer, once frozen, I wrapped each one in plastic wrap then put them in a freezer bag. Just take one out to thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter.

  6. Appreciate you being so complete with your’ nutrition listing’, but where is the ‘serving size’, or am I missing it. ie… 170 calories for ? serving size… one ounce, two Tbs, etc. Thanks.

  7. Hello. I didn’t see in the recipe how long this will keep in the fridge or whether it can be frozen… is there a suggestion on that? ( I could have missed it)

    • The pate will be fine for 5 days or so, always give a smell check to be sure 😉 I’ve never frozen (it since it always goes fast!) but don’t see why one couldn’t. Should be fine there.

    • I triple the recipe bc my packages of liver come in about 1.5 lbs, so I freeze the other 2 thirds in separate balls wrapped tight in plastic, but we go through that in less than a month, 1 third a week, so not sure how long it could go. But certainly a couple weeks.

  8. Great way to break into nose to tail eating. I recently had whole hogs head I wanted to make into head cheese. I decided to add the beef liver and pig & beef kidneys as well as a bunch of chicken livers I had in the freezer. After cooking it all & picking the bones out I ran everything through the finest grinder plate I had along with bunch of fresh parsley & time from the back yard plus salt pepper & coriander. Then I mixed in some of the hogs head broth & poured it all into loaf pans. After it set I cut it into about 12 one pound blocks & vacuum sealed & froze it. It’s a bit coarser than what you make but I think I’m gonna go the extra step in the food processor next time. THInking about putting next years hogs head in the smoker for a few hours before rendering too. I’ve been going through about a pound a week now. Finding all kinds of great stuff to put it with. All on its own doesn’t suck either

    • Head cheese is such a cool thing! Thank you for sharing your recipe here, I hope others come along and make it too!

  9. Jessica! Thank you for this recipe. I have been looking for a low carb Patè for months but to no avail. thanks for creating one!

    • Divided refers to using 3 tbsp to cook the liver in and then adding the second 3 tbsp when you blend the pate up. You could also use ghee.


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