Gluten Free Hickory Smoked Liver

I am on a new diet and once a week I have to eat beef liver. I haven’t eaten liver, besides as pate (cracker spread) in decades. The only way I used to be able to tolerate liver is by cooking it with bacon and onion. However, I really was looking for a healthier way to consume it. I wanted to recreate the smoky flavor of bacon without actually using it; and this recipe is just that. Enjoy!

Liver is an excellent source of Vitamin B-12 which is healthy for your neurological health. Consuming just a little over 2.5 ounces of liver per week, provides you with 2,000 times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin B-12. If you have multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or other nerve related condition, add some liver to your diet! To learn more about the advantages of eating liver, visit What Are the Benefits of Eating Beef Liver on SF Gate’s Healthy Eating.

I purchased a packaged of veined and thinly sliced beef liver which contained 4 fillets. Each fillet weighs 1/4 pound. Just eating half of a slice, 1/8 pound can be beneficial. Make it your main source of protein, or in addition to it.


Gluten Free Smoked Liver


Yield: Serves 2 - 4

Gluten Free Smoked Liver

A delicious and smokey gluten free liver recipe which may change your mind about avoiding liver.


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried and crushed basil
  • 1/2 lb. thinly sliced beef liver
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free hickory flavored liquid smoke (Wright's)


  1. Serve over or along side rice or mashed potatoes with a salad or desired vegetable.
  2. Preheat a heavy skillet with oil.
  3. Add and saute onion, peppers, and basil until tender, about 7 minutes.
  4. Whisk flour, salt and pepper in a wide, shallow bowl or plate.
  5. Dredge liver in flour and set aside until vegetable are done.
  6. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and set aside.
  7. Add a bit more oil to the skillet and fry the liver until thoroughly cooked, at least 8 minutes.
  8. Add sauteed vegetables to top of liver in skillet.
  9. Whisk broth and liquid smoke together and pour on top of liver.
  10. Lift liver to allow broth to wet the bottom of the liver. Cook until evaporated.
  11. Serve over rice, rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, or your with your favorite side dish.

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