Are you looking for an easy beef liver recipe? Higado Encebollado is a simple dish that is both delicious and healthy. Higado Encebollado translates to beef liver with onions and can be made in under 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal. Higado Encebollado is a great source of protein and Vitamin A, and it’s low in calories too. So, if you are looking for a healthy and tasty meal, give this beef liver recipe a try!
Is Higado Encebollado Healthy?
Higado Encebollado is not only the best way to cook liver but also the healthiest. Beef Liver contains many nutrients such as Copper which is crucial for energy production, Folic Acid, and Iron which is vital for hemoglobin production.
It also has Zinc which strengthens the immune system, Phosphorus which supports healthy bones and teeth, and Selenium which plays an integral role in metabolism.
Beef Liver is also a powerhouse of vitamins with vitamins A, D, E, K, and B 12 all present within this tiny organ.
Beef Liver also contains one of the highest protein and amino acid profiles. It is one of the easiest and quickest meals to make and if you find that you like the flavor, the health benefits are aplenty.
Is It Better To Soak Liver In Milk Or Lemon Juice?
To reduce the flavor strength of the liver, you can soak it in whole milk. Milk will not only neutralize the flavor but will also neutralize the smell of the liver. In addition to this, milk also tenderizes the liver.
Alternatively, you can soak the liver in lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or plain vinegar. If you do end up using any of these liquids to soak your liver, use only 1/8 cup to ¼ cup as otherwise, the liver will soak up the taste of these liquids.
Overall, milk is the preferred liquid if you want to neutralize the flavor and smell but keep the liver as natural as possible. Many recipes recommend slicing the liver thinly before soaking it for 30 minutes to an hour and a half.
Is Higado Encebollado Keto-Friendly
This recipe contains small amounts of sugar which means it is not keto-friendly. However, you can easily use a sugar substitute such as Stevia or Erythritol to make it keto-friendly.
What To Serve With Higado Encebollado
Higado Encebollado is a very simple recipe which means you can serve many delicious side dishes with it. You can serve it with sautéed green beans, sautéed kale, grilled asparagus, rice, mashed potatoes, or roasted potatoes. You can also serve Higado Encebollado with a simple green salad or Sopa Fria de Coditos.
More Side Dishes That Go Well With Higado Encebollado
How To Store Higado Encebollado
You can easily store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Make sure you store your Higado Encebollado at the back of the fridge so it stays cold. Use within 3-4 days.
How To Reheat Higado Encebollado
Reheating beef liver with onions is relatively simple. The easiest way to reheat the liver is by submerging it in boiling beef broth for 30-45 seconds. It may seem like a very short time but it will be enough to warm the liver just enough to heat it through without making it tough.
Drain the liver and onions and serve immediately. Once Higado Encebellado has been reheated, it cannot be stored or reheated again. The best way is to only reheat as many leftovers as you need at the time.
Higado Encebollado Ingredients
Liver– Beef Liver is the star of this show. It has a strong, robust, sweet, earthy flavor that cannot be replicated by any other type of meat.
Salt And pepper– I chose to keep the seasoning very simple for this recipe because I wanted the liver’s flavor to shine through. However, feel free to season the liver with your favorite seasonings.
Garlic Powder– Garlic powder adds a slightly garlicky flavor to the liver without overpowering its natural flavor.
Butter– Butter gives the liver a savory, salty, buttery, delicious flavor.
Sugar– Sugar tones down the robust flavor of the liver.
Bell Peppers– I used red bell peppers but feel free to use orange, yellow, or green bell peppers. The bell peppers add some color, sweetness, and texture to the dish.
White Onion– White onion releases its aromatic flavor and infuses it into the liver.
White Wine– White wine deglazes the pan, once the liver has seared and releases those delicious brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
Beef Broth– Beef broth further intensifies the beefy flavor of the liver. It also prevents the liver from drying.
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- 2 lbs Liver
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Garlic clove
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 2 red bell pepper, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- 3 large white onions, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 Tbsp granulated white sugar
- ½ Cup beef broth
- Slice the liver into slices if desired. Season the liver with black pepper, salt, and garlic clove.
- Place the oil into a pot and set it over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add the liver and cook it for 3-5 minutes per side until it has a rich brown color.
- Remove the seared liver from the pan and [place it onto a plate.
- Stir in the peppers and onions and cook for 5 minutes.
- Return the liver to the pot and cook it covered for 5 minutes
- Add the beef broth and use the spoon to scrape the browned bits of food from the bottom of the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir frequently until the liver is tender.
- Serve with rice, avocado slices and tostones.