Luby's Cafeteria Beef Liver and Onions

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Total Time
20 mins
20 mins

This is a most requested recipe from the Luby's Cafeteria posted in response to a request. Prep time includes soaking time.

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  • 2 14 lbs beef liver, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 large onion, sliced 1/4 inch slices
  • 12 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 3 cups fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Soak liver in cold salted water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Keep warm.
  6. In a shallow bowl, whisk together milk and eggs until well blended.
  7. Place bread crumbs in separate shallow bowl.
  8. Rinse liver under cool running water.
  9. Pat dry with paper towels.
  10. Dip into milk mixture, then into bread crumbs, coating evenly.
  11. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  12. Add liver and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  13. Top with onions.
Most Helpful

5 5

YUM!! Liver And Onions is one of my favorite dishes. I can see why this was the most requested recipe! This is the best! The soaking tones down the strong taste of the liver. And the milk and breadcrumb coating is perfect! I didn't change a thing here. This is a great recipe! Thanks, Miss Annie, for another keeper!!

5 5

I don't care much for liver, but it's my husband's favorite. I made this tonight following the recipe exactly, and he raved- which is amazing considering he's the pickiest eater I know. Thanks for a keeper that we both enjoyed.

Are you sure about the relative quantities in the recipe? 1/4 pound liver feeds 6 people? 1.4 pound liver needs 3 cups of breadcrumbs for breading? That means I need 8 eggs and 12 cups of breadcrumbs to prepare only 1 pound of liver ... seems WAY out of whack. [Editor's Note: recipe was updated as a result of these comments 12/19/02]