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Venetian Style Calf's Liver & Onions

This healthy and good tasting version of calf�s liver and onions will surprise you. It is a great recipe to enjoy the incredible benefits of liver. Make sure you get a good quality calf liver from your butcher, ideally one from an organically raised animal. This recipe is a healthier version than most because our Healthy Saut� method cooks the onions with no heated oil and uses ground sunflower seeds instead of flour to coat the liver.

Venetian Style Calf's Liver & Onions Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes



  1. Turn broiler on high and place a metal oven-proof pan large enough for liver underneath heat to get hot. Do not use glass or Pyrex for this. Rack should be just above the middle of oven or broiler, about 7 inches from the heat source. Heat the pan for about 10 minutes.
  2. While pan is getting hot, heat 1 TBS broth in a 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet. Healthy Sauté onions in broth over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add garlic, vinegar, thyme, and vinegar. Mix and add rest of the broth. Continue to cook for another couple of minutes.
  4. While onions are cooking, mix ground sunflower seeds with dried sage, salt, and black pepper. Dust liver with this mixture.
  5. Remove hot pan from broiler and place liver in it. Return to broiler, turn heat to low, and Quick Broil for about 3-5 minutes depending on thickness of liver. Do not turn, as it is cooking on both sides simultaneously. Serve topped with onions.

    Serves 4

    Serving Suggestions: Serve with

Nutritional Profile

Nutrients in
Venetian Calf's Liver with Onions
1.00 serving (203.86 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value

vitamin B12884.5%


vitamin A336.4%


vitamin B2121.1%



vitamin B371.2%

vitamin B653.5%


vitamin C49.2%

vitamin E47.5%

vitamin B547%


vitamin B144.6%





Calories (290)16%

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Venetian Calf's Liver with Onions
1.00 serving
203.86 grams
290.71 calories
Nutrient Amount DV
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin B12 53.07 mcg 884.5 54.8 excellent
copper 6.97 mg 348.5 21.6 excellent
vitamin A 16820.50 IU 336.4 20.8 excellent
folate 779.95 mcg 195.0 12.1 excellent
vitamin B2 2.06 mg 121.2 7.5 excellent
tryptophan 0.27 g 84.4 5.2 excellent
selenium 54.47 mcg 77.8 4.8 excellent
vitamin B3 14.24 mg 71.2 4.4 very good
vitamin B6 1.07 mg 53.5 3.3 very good
protein 25.39 g 50.8 3.1 very good
vitamin C 29.55 mg 49.2 3.0 good
vitamin E 9.51 mg 47.5 2.9 good
vitamin B5 4.70 mg 47.0 2.9 good
phosphorus 457.12 mg 45.7 2.8 good
vitamin B1 0.67 mg 44.7 2.8 good
iron 6.95 mg 38.6 2.4 good
zinc 5.76 mg 38.4 2.4 good
manganese 0.74 mg 37.0 2.3 good
magnesium 95.90 mg 24.0 1.5 good
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
excellent DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%
very good DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5%
good DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%

In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Venetian Style Calf's Liver & Onions