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Healthy Sautéed Calf's Liver and Onions

This easy-to-prepare recipe provides an excellent source over 12 essential nutrients including vitamin A (2459% DV), vitamin B12 (1701% DV), copper (470% DV), and vitiamin B2 (263% DV)!

Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • For the onions:
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 3 TBS low-sodium chicken broth
  • For the calf's liver:
  • 3 TBS low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb calf's liver, sliced thin (1/4-inch)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Thinly slice the onion. Chop or press the garlic. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties.
  2. Turn stove to medium. Heat 3 TBS low-sodium chicken broth in a stainless steel skillet.
  3. When the broth begins to steam, add onions, cover and Healthy Sauté for 4 minutes.
  4. When the onions have lost most of their water content and have become dry, push them to the side of the skillet, leaving space in the center.
  5. Heat the second 3 TBS broth in the center of the skillet, leaving the heat on medium.
  6. When the broth begins to steam, add the sliced calf's liver and Healthy Sauté uncovered for 3 minutes. The pieces will be browned on one side, and the liver will release liquid.
  7. Turn the liver pieces over and brown the other side for 3 minutes. When the liquid has evaporated, the liver is done.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and drizzle the liver and onions with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.

Serves 2

Nutritional Profile

Nutrients in
Healthy Sauteed Calf's Liver and Onions
1.00 serving (288.42 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value

vitamin A2458.6%

vitamin B121701.8%


vitamin B2262.9%

vitamin B5135.2%

vitamin B3130.9%

vitamin C109.7%




vitamin B682%




vitamin B134%


Calories (298)16%

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Healthy Sauteed Calf's Liver and Onions
1.00 serving
288.42 grams
298.22 calories
Nutrient Amount DV
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin A 122933.34 IU 2458.7 148.4 excellent
vitamin B12 102.11 mcg 1701.8 102.7 excellent
copper 9.41 mg 470.5 28.4 excellent
vitamin B2 4.47 mg 262.9 15.9 excellent
vitamin B5 13.52 mg 135.2 8.2 excellent
vitamin B3 26.19 mg 130.9 7.9 excellent
vitamin C 65.86 mg 109.8 6.6 excellent
folate 419.40 mcg 104.8 6.3 excellent
selenium 68.53 mcg 97.9 5.9 excellent
zinc 14.44 mg 96.3 5.8 excellent
vitamin B6 1.64 mg 82.0 4.9 excellent
iron 13.66 mg 75.9 4.6 excellent
protein 34.18 g 68.4 4.1 very good
phosphorus 551.46 mg 55.1 3.3 very good
vitamin B1 0.51 mg 34.0 2.1 good
manganese 0.57 mg 28.5 1.7 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 Healthy Sautéed Calf's Liver and Onions