Savory Beef Liver Kibdeh with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

Savory Beef Liver Kibdeh with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

This Middle Eastern inspired dish is a mixture of spices, nutrient-packed beef liver with the classic combination of slow-cooked onions and tomatoes.

Try it spicy for an extra kick!


For the Beef Liver Kibdeh:

  • 1 lb beef liver, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the Caramelized Onions and Tomato:

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 sliced green or red chili (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


Prepare the Beef Liver: 

In a bowl, combine the sliced beef liver with minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, ground cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

Allow the liver to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Sauté the Liver: 

In a large skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the marinated beef liver and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until browned and cooked to medium.

Be cautious not to overcook to maintain tenderness.

Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Caramelize the Onions: 

In the same skillet, add more extra virgin olive oil if needed and reduce the heat to medium. Add thinly sliced onions and cook slowly until they become golden brown and caramelized, stirring occasionally.

This process may take around 20-25 minutes.

Add Tomatoes and Simmer: 

Once the onions are caramelized, add diced tomatoes to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Allow the tomatoes to soften and release their juices, creating a flavorful base.

Let it simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes. 

Add sliced chilies if desired.

Combine Liver with Onions and Tomatoes: 

Gently reintroduce the cooked beef liver to the skillet, nestling it among the caramelized onions and tomatoes.

Allow the flavors to meld by simmering for an additional 5 minutes. 

Garnish and Serve: 

Sprinkle the dish with fresh chopped parsley for a burst of freshness. 

Optional Pairing: 

Enjoy this flavorful dish with a side of rice, couscous, or flatbread for a complete and satisfying meal.


This dish is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of its origins, offering a symphony of flavors that will undoubtedly leave your palate satisfied and your senses delighted.

Enjoy this hearty and aromatic Middle Eastern delight!

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