How to Cook Beef Liver without Flour

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We’re here discussing how to cook beef liver without flour. For whatever reason, you don’t want to use flour in your recipes. I hear ya! Wheat is a common allergen for many people these days and most wellness diets omit it entirely from their protocols. Cooking liver without flour is preferred for whole30, AIP, GAPS, gluten-free, keto, carnivore, and other diets.

7 Carnivore Keto Liver Recipes without flour

Best Ways to Cook Beef Liver

There are three main methods to cook liver: sauté, pan fry, and hidden with ground beef.

Liver is usually not baked by itself or slow cooked, but you can probably find an exception.


The most popular way by far. Liver is sliced and sautéed in butter with onions. Many people recommend soaking the liver in milk or lemon water beforehand as a means to remove the bitter, iron-rich flavor. Sautéed liver is excellent with cream sauce.


Give liver an extra crispy finish by pan-frying. Cook it until golden brown on one side and then flip, just once, until juices pool on the second side. Frying liver without flour is my favorite approach for general cooking and also liver pate.


Disguising liver in your dish is accomplished by one of two ways. The first way is to finely chop or mince the liver by hand and mix it into a chili or whatever it is you are cooking. 

The second, and my personal choice, is to grind liver, combine it with ground beef, and then prepare it however you like ground beef. I recommend beginning with 10% liver mixed with 90% ground beef and working your way up to 25% liver and 75% ground beef. US Wellness offers an organ meat blend with ground beef, liver, and kidney. This is a great way to add organ meats to your diet without any unusual look, taste, or texture.

If you’re on a strict carnivore diet, you’ll want to read more on Ways to Eat Liver on a Carnivore Diet.

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How to Cook Beef Liver without Flour

Many traditional liver recipes call for drenching beef liver in flour before frying it in oil or lard. This adds a bit of flavor and can help diminish the musky, iron-rich liver taste.

Cooking in flour also enhances the texture, giving a nice crispy coating that gives an enjoyable mouthfeel.

While it may be delicious, those of us interested in a gluten-free or low-carb approach need something different.

In most cases, I recommend simply omitting the flour and continue with the recipe as is. Like we touched on above, it’s fine to sauté or pan-fry liver directly in the pan with a cooking fat.

You can cook chicken livers without flour in this same way. Take a look at my Keto Chicken Liver Pate to see what I mean.

To anyone eating liver for the first time, I highly recommend using ground liver.

Once ground (more on that below), mix it into ground beef. From there, the sky is the limit on the recipes you can make. Any recipe with ground beef will work!

Serving a well-loved dish in its familiar form, but with the addition of hidden liver, is the ideal way to start eating more liver. This is a great choice for picky eaters, nursing toddlers, children, and unsuspecting family members too.

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How to Make Ground Liver

Did I convince you to try ground liver? I hope so!

The easiest way to make ground liver is by asking the friendly face behind the meat counter at your local butcher. They have all the tools and expertise to help you out and usually don’t mind the request.

Some places like US Wellness sell pre-made organ meat blends you can order online and have shipped frozen to your door.

If you can only find whole liver, the task is in your hands. Dice the liver into small cubes and place it in the bowl of a food processor or a blender container. Pulse or blend until smooth.

When I first saw ground liver, I was surprised by what a sticky, gooey texture it has. When you see yours, know that the soft texture is normal.

Blending with a machine will result in the most uniform texture but not everyone has access to an appliance. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, finely chop the liver by hand and mix it into the meat like that. It won’t be as similar in texture, but with some hot sauce or flavorful herbs and spices, you can disguise it all the same.

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Meat Muffins; recipe below

Where Can I Buy Beef Liver Near Me?

I have a few favorite places to buy grass-fed liver, plus important shopping tips you should know about. All of this information is clearly detailed in our shopper’s guide Where to Buy Liver

Sign up for the shopping guides that are in our Subscribers Resource Library and you’ll be privy to our best tips for sourcing meat directly from the people who raise it. Enter your name and email in the form above.

It is important to support local food producers and farmers as much as possible!

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How to Cook Liver and Onions without Flour

Liver and onions is by far the most well-known way of cooking liver. Don’t miss out on this recipe just because you don’t want to use flour!  

Skip the flour coat and pan fry the liver directly on the pan. It’s that easy! You can fry liver without flour, no problem.

Cooking beef liver without flour is really easy once you try it. We went into more details in the section above so scroll back up if you missed it.

Read the full list below for more delicious liver recipes without flour.

7 Beef Liver Recipes with No Flour

Get ready to cook liver without flour! These no flour liver recipes are as delicious as they are nutritious. Great for any one who wants to add more organ meats to their diet. As a bonus, most of these are beef liver recipes without onions too, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you are in the right place!

Meat muffins hidden liver on a cooling wire rack.
Hidden Liver Meat Muffins
This is the perfect way to cook liver without flour. With only 5 ingredients, all of which are dairy-free and gluten-free, you can't go wrong! This recipe is suitable for keto, carnivore, paleo, and AIP styles diets. Add it to your meal prep today!
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Two jars filled with classic beef liver pate.
Classic Beef Liver Pate
Beef liver pate is a classic appetizer for any time of the year. This is one of my easy keto recipes you don’t want to miss!
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A dairy-free liver pate served in a white bowl with a sprig of rosemary.
Dairy Free Liver Pate with Ox Liver
Prefer to eat dairy free? This pate is just as creamy and delicious but doesn't have any butter or cream in the recipe!
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Organ meat pie in a pan with a sliced placed on a plate.
Organ Meat Pie
As a simple carnivore diet recipe, this is a nutrient-dense staple that's perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I recommend this carnivore diet liver recipe to everyone!
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Cabbage Noodles with Ground Beef
My favorite keto beef liver recipe sautes hidden beef liver with ground beef and aromatic low-carb ingredients. The mix is served over soft cabbage noodles and tastes so good!
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Easy homemade pemmican recipe squares on the table.
Homemade Pemmican Recipe
I started adding organ meats to my pemmican recipe years ago. It's an easy step that add all the benefits of liver to your meal!
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A liver chip being dipped into a yellow sauce.
Beef Liver Chips
This carnivore liver recipe is a must try! It's a one-ingredient recipe, you really can't mess up. Plus, children love these! It's a great way to get them to eat healthy foods they enjoy.
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Take a look How to Cook Meat on a Carnivore Diet and try other techniques too!

This post was originally published on Nov 22, 2019 and was updated with details and new images on Dec 11, 2020.

20 thoughts on “How to Cook Beef Liver without Flour”

  1. I appreciate that you understand that some people may want unbreaded liver and onions! I just really wish cook times, perhaps info on size of pieces, and how to tell when it’s done. But thanks!

    • Thanks for the comments and suggestions, Jean. These details are all included in the specific recipe posts. Just click through to the recipe and you can read those details. We appreciate your readership.

    • Liver is a great place to start nose to tail eating. This recipe is always a hit in our home, I hope it is the same for you! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. We bought a cow with some others recently and I was just about the only one who wanted the liver. So I have all of this liver in my freezer and NO IDEA what to do with it. So trying this tonight. Fingers crossed. I think it sounds delicious, but I haven’t eaten beef liver since my mom put me on weight watchers in the 80s. True story. Thanks for your recipes.

    • How fun! Live freezes well so you can cut it up in 1 or 1/2 pound sections and store it. Be sure to check out my other liver recipes here. The liver chips are not to be missed!

  3. I already love liver but I’ve never ground it up! I pan fry it quickly. I love trying new recipes and look forward to making this Crustless Meat pie!

    • It’s awesome to meet another liver fan! Let me know what you think once you try these – I bet you’ll love them as much as I do!

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for such an informative post on liver. And yes I agree about eating less processed foods to feel good. This sounds like the perfect way to eat liver.


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