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This stir-fry combines tender slices of beef liver with an array of colorful vegetables, creating a delicious and well-balanced meal. The liver is quickly seared to maintain its tenderness while being infused with the rich flavors of the savory sauce. Packed with essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin A, beef liver is known for its nutritional value. This stir-fry not only offers a burst of flavors but also provides a nourishing and wholesome option for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Serve it over steamed rice or noodles for a complete and satisfying meal that will please your taste buds and provide you with a healthy dose of nutrients.
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
- 10 ounces (285 g) grass-fed beef liver, membranes and veins removed, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
- 1½ cups (360 mL) whole milk (preferably raw)
- Fine sea salt
- 4 tablespoons (60 g) unsalted grass-fed butter, divided
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, sliced
- 1 tablespoon tamari
Rinse the beef liver under cold running water and cut off any unwanted parts. Put the liver in a bowl and pour over the milk. Soak the liver for 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate overnight.
Drain the liver, rinse off the milk, and season with salt.
In a large wok or cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring, until tender and soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the same skillet. Increase the heat to high and add the liver. Stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until browned. Turn the liver as little as possible, and be careful not to overcook the liver as it has a tendency to get tough. Return the onion and celery to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the tamari and cook for a minute or so until everything is evenly coated. Serve hot.
This recipe is excerpted from Sophia Nguyen Eng’s new book The Nourishing Asian Kitchen: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Health and Healing (Chelsea Green Publishing, December 2023) and is printed with permission from the publisher.
To learn more about Sophia Nguyen Eng, visit sprinklewithsoil.com.
Published in the Journal of Health and Healing™
Winter 2023-24 | Volume 47, Number 4
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