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Classic Beef Liver Pate

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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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.

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Classic Beef Liver Pate

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.
4.58 from 21 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Traditional
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 170kcal


  • 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.


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Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Classic Beef Liver Pate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 322mg14%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 6811IU136%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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As featured in 34 Paleo & Keto Organ Meat Recipes, 13 Easy Liver Pate Recipes, and 62 Recipes for the Carnivore Diet.

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Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes. With a focus on from scratch, homemade cooking, animal-based nutrition, and easy DIY beauty and personal care recipes, there’s always something new going on in her kitchen! Jessica will teach you exactly how to thrive with all the best ingredients and enjoy the journey along the way.

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33 Responses

  1. Karyla Parrish
    | Reply

    How many calories per serving?

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      183 calories

      • Lula
        | Reply

        What a great recipe. We often end up strining the chunky bits by pushing it thru a metal siv. Next time I’ll try trimming first. Thanks.

  2. Phillip Massey
    | Reply

    Butter “divided” = Ghee?

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      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.

  3. Barbara
    | Reply

    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!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      My pleasure sweet Barbara! Enjoy xx

  4. Drago
    | Reply

    What can I substitute for the butter or ghee? I can’t have any dairy

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Duck fat or lard would be great. Tallow may also work but I haven’t tried it

  5. Paul Ritter
    | Reply

    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

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

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

  6. Monica
    | Reply

    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)

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      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.

      • john
        | Reply

        I freeze all the time…always good

        • Jessica Haggard
          | Reply

          Great! I’m so glad to hear this! Freezing is a great way to save leftovers and not get overwhelmed with having to eat all the pate at once.

    • C Conroy
      | Reply

      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.

      • Jessica Haggard
        | Reply

        Awesome tip about freezing! I’m glad you are all enjoying it so much!

  7. Haily Alexander
    | Reply

    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.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Serving size is noted in the brown box of the recipe header. The pate serves 6.

  8. Shelley
    | Reply

    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.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Great tip! I love the idea of using an ice cream baller to make individual portions.

  9. Jennifer Mullins
    | Reply

    I heard that you have to soak liver in milk before you cook,is this true

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      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.

  10. Lester
    | Reply

    5 stars
    Very easy to make and delicious.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Lester! I’m glad this was a hit!

  11. Claudia Brown
    | Reply

    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!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Great swap! Thanks for sharing your idea. Duck fat is also a delicious dairy-free substitute.

  12. Lily Boutet
    | Reply

    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.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      How gourmet! I love the idea of preserving them in gelatin. I can’t wait to try that too! Thanks so much for sharing the idea.

  13. Anabela
    | Reply

    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. 😁👍👐

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      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 🙂

  14. David
    | Reply

    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.

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