Fried Goat Liver with Mushrooms and Onions

Our grass-fed goat liver, mushrooms and sauteed onions is a delicious and nutrient rich combination. Some people dislike liver for its mild gamey flavor, but it’s a delicious, relatively cheap cut of meat that anyone can cook with some practice. In this recipe, Chef Ben Spangler walks us through a great way to enjoy it: cooked for breakfast on toast with scrambled eggs, onions and mushrooms.

Goat liver, mushrooms and onions on a plate garnished with scrambled eggs.
Goat liver, mushrooms and onions. Photo by Ben Spangler.

Goat Liver Nutrition

When sourced from healthy, grass fed goats and lambs, liver is loaded with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fat. It is particularly rich in the key nutrients that help keep our brains healthy. Liver provides an excellent source of high-quality protein and vitamin B12, one of the best sources of folate, and a highly usable form of iron among other important nutrients. Rather fulfill your nutrient needs with supplements? Be aware they may not absorb as well as the real thing and liver is delicious-as long as it isn’t overcooked.

Finishing scrambled eggs with chives and pepper to garnish cooked goat liver.
Finishing the scrambled eggs for the dish.

This recipe is by chef Ben Spangler. Hailing from Minnesota, Ben draws from his Midwestern roots to create dishes that are unpretentious and delicious. Ben has competed on national television for the Food Network and appeared on local Minneapolis food networks. He is currently executive chef at Mercy in Minneapolis.

Chef Ben Spangler.

Looking to buy lamb or goat online? Shepherd Song Farm: Grass to table. We raise lambs & goats traditionally, humanely and sustainably. 100% Grass Fed, Pasture Raised, Never Confined, no Hormones, Grains or Animal Byproducts. Born, raised and processed in the U.S.A. Good for you and good for the environment.

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Goat liver, mushrooms and onions on toast.
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Fried Goat Liver with Mushrooms and Onions

Rich and tender goat liver fried and served with mushrooms, onions and scrambled eggs on toast.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Lunch, Main Course
Keyword: goat liver recipe, mutton liver recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 634kcal


  • 1 Cast iron skillet
  • 1 non stick skillet for the eggs, optional


  • 8 oz Goat liver or lamb liver
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 oz button mushrooms sliced 1/4 inch
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • Oregano
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 2 oz vegetable stock
  • 1 Slice of buttered toast/person

Scrambled Eggs

  • 3 eggs optional
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese optional
  • 1 oz cream cheese optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon chives sliced


Saute the Onions and Mushrooms

  • Chop onion into thin slices
  • Evenly butter both sides of bread.
  • Add oil to pan and sauté onions until caramelized over medium heat, about 15-20 minutes. Add butter and herbs and set aside.
  • Sauté mushrooms for 5-7 minutes. Allow to sear and color. Season with salt and put aside with onions.
  • Sauté garlic, shallots, and herbs with butter. Caramelize and deglaze with brandy.
  • Add vegetable stock, mushrooms and onions and heat thoroughly.
  • In a clean pan sear both sides of bread on medium heat.

Cook the Goat Liver

  • Salt and pepper the liver, then dust with flour.
  • Sear the liver on high heat and cook 30% through, then flip.
  • Cook until medium rare or desired doneness, but don't cook well done.
  • Remove the liver, reserve and keep warm.

Scrambled Eggs (optional)

  • Crack eggs and lightly whisk in a small bowl with the cream, season with salt and pepper
  • Add oil to the pan on medium low heat.
  • Add egg mixture and use spatula to spread around to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Add cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  • Season eggs with salt and pepper and finish with herbs. Reserve and keep warm.

Finish and Serve

  • Plate the toast first, cut on the diagonal.
  • Add eggs (optional), then liver with onions and mushrooms on top.
  • Drizzle with pan sauce.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.



Goat liver is used in this recipe but it will also work for lamb and mutton liver. 


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 644mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 827mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20981IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 8mg