Calf Liver Venetian Style

Calf Liver Venetian Style

Calf liver sautéed with onions.

Among the various liver types, calf is highly praised for its tenderness, delicate flavour, and high iron content. This Venetian way of preparing it is appreciated even by those who thought they didn't like liver.

4 servings
Preparation 5 min
Cooking 15 min

300 calories per serving 


1 onions, thinly sliced   200 g
2 tbsp butter, unsalted   28 g
1/4 cup olive oil   65 mL
400 g calf liver, thinly sliced    
2 tbsp white flour (all purpose)   16 g
1/4 cup wine vinegar   65 mL
  ground pepper to taste    
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g

Before you start

For good results, have the liver sliced thin.

Keep the serving plates in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.


  1. Prepare the onions: slice them into thin rings.
  2. Melt the butter and half of the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Sweat the onions, cover, and cook 10 min over low heat, then remove them from the skillet and keep warm.
  3. Coat the liver slices with flour, then shake off the excess. Add the rest of the oil to the skillet and raise the heat to medium-high. Add the liver slices, cook 2 min, turn them then deglaze with the vinegar. Put the onions back into the skillet and lower the heat to medium, cover, and cook a further 3 min (do not overcook the liver or it will become tough!). Remove the skillet from the heat, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve on the warmed plates with the onions on top of the liver slices.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (150g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




19 g

29 %

Saturated 5 g
+ Trans 0.4 g

29 %


360 mg


65 mg

3 %


11 g

4 %


1 g

3 %


2 g


21 g

Vitamin A

1460 %

Vitamin C

6 %


2 %


35 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ½ serving
Grain Products: ¼ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 1 serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Source of :
Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin K
Good source of :
Manganese, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Copper, Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Veal | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Iron | Low Sodium | Italian

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