Duck Liver on Toast

Duck Liver on Toast Recipe (3)

It is somewhat scandalous that a website entirely dedicated to eating good food on a relatively tight budget has barely tackled the subject of offal. Aside from a recipe for chicken liver pate, my dealings with internal organs have been few and far between. In fact, other than being a vegetarian, there is no good reason for not indulging in liver from time to time. It is shockingly inexpensive, fabulously delicious and utterly healthy and deserves to be placed back on the dinner tables of what seems to have become a rather squeamish nation. Fantastic ingredients simply cooked is always my favoured approach and no description could be more fitting for this recipe for Duck Liver on Toast.

For those of you who haven’t indulged, liver is certainly a little different from your “average” meat. Very tender and buttery in texture, liver literally melts in your mouth conveying a level of luxury that belies its cost. At around £5/kg, duck liver is among the cheapest cuts out there and is far more flavoursome than, for instance, chicken breast. More families really should learn to love their offal.

Duck Liver on Toast Recipe (4)

Liver is also an incredibly versatile ingredient, equally at home on toast as it is in a traditional dish such as liver and onions. My duck liver on toast recipe takes the very meaty, indulgent flavour of liver and complements it with nutty browned butter and fragrant fresh thyme. Such an approach makes for a well-balanced breakfast or lunch, which celebrates the forgotten qualities of a once much-loved meat.

Got some leftover liver hanging around? Check out my recipes for Duck Liver and Onions and Chicken Liver Pate…

Duck Liver on Toast

Serves 2


• 2 whole duck livers, trimmed and cleaned

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 shallot, finely chopped

• 20g butter

• a few sprigs of thyme

• a pinch of salt

• 2 slices of sourdough bread


1. Heat up the oil in a thick-based pan and cook the livers until caramelised on each side. Set aside to rest in a warm place.

2. Add the butter, shallots and a few sprigs of thyme to the same pan. Cook until the shallots are turning a golden brown. Pop your bread down to toast.

3. Return the livers to the pan and warm through, while basting with the butter. Add a pinch of salt and serve with an extra sprig of thyme and a small amount of good-quality mayonnaise.

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Cost: As I’ve shown above, duck liver is an incredibly inexpensive ingredient at £5/kg. Two whole livers should set you back around £1, which frankly makes me feel like a thief! Indeed, this simple dish should set you back no more than £1.70.

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24 comments on “Duck Liver on Toast

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I haven’t cooked liver for ages although I often choose it out. This looks really delicious and a brilliant lunchtime snack or light supper.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you – I really should start eating more of it, and will! Ox liver for us next week!

  2. Vicki Elster
    January 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Many children in the U.S. learned to dislike liver when their moms cooked it til it was dry and mealy. Ick! Also, it is filled with all the pesticides and bad chemicals that are in the food the animals eat. And in the U.S. sadly, there are many!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Silly moms! Just get good quality liver, that’s what I do, it’s still fabulously cheap!

  3. emily
    January 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I’m one of the lucky ones who grew up on proper liver and onions — the good stuff, with rich gravy, deeply browned onions and plenty of crisp bacon. This post is gorgeous and has me drooling something fierce. Yum.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

      That sounds fantastic. Hopefully, I’ll bring a similar recipe to the blog next weekend. We’ve got our eye on some delicious ox liver! Thank you.

      • emily
        January 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        I’ll look forward to it! Thanks again for sharing. 🙂

  4. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    January 13, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I grew up having liver and onions with mustard at least once every week to two weeks. I remember looking forward to those meals as a child! I love your version, it would be a hearty and welcome comfort food with all this snow we’re having! Wishing you a wonderful 2014!!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

      That’s great – I think people who are my age (early 20s) really didn’t grow up eating much offal. I’m not sure where the change in thinking came, but it’s definitely a shame. I’ll be doing a liver and onions dish very soon. An absolute classic.

  5. cookinginsens
    January 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Delicious! Nice plate too!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I thought you might like this one, being a fan of liver! It’s the plate I always use for lunch recipes, not sure why…

  6. musingmar
    January 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Wow that looks amazing, so good. If only offal didn’t sound so awful (to my ears at least). I’m tempted to nip out and find some duck liver!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you! Go on, try it – it’s fantastic stuff!

  7. Chica Andaluza
    January 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Offally good (sorry, I couldn’t resist!). I adore liver, especially poultry – I could eat this right now 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

      OH, there had to be one :D. It took me all my strength to resist. I’m glad you like offal, it seems to be very hit and miss.

  8. Michelle
    January 14, 2014 at 1:06 am


    • frugalfeeding
      January 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I think you’ve summed that up pretty well…

  9. lemongrovecakediaries
    January 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Wow that looks great which is saying something as I am not an offal fan…you have tempted me to try it.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Please do – you’ll come round, I promise!

  10. whilehewasout
    January 14, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Well this is nothing but a perfect breakfast for me, I love duck liver (and any other….), best when it is prepared in such a simple way!!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I’m glad someone else agrees. My girlfriend doesn’t think anyone would eat this for breakfast.

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