Sweet and Savory Stewed Pork Liver

Sweet and Savory Stewed Pork Liver

This iron-packed sweet and savory stewed pork liver is tender and simple without the strong liver smell. Liver enhances your body's absorption of iron.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Pork liver
about 250 g
White sesame seeds (coarsely ground)
1 tablespoon
Sesame oil (for sautéing)
1 tablespoon
For the sauce (Prepare in advance)
● Soy sauce
25 ml
● Cooking sake
25 ml
● Mirin
25 ml
● Sugar
2 teaspoons
For prepping the liver
100 to 200 ml
Cooking sake
2 tablespoons


1. Put the liver in a colander, lightly rinse with water, transfer the liver to a bowl filled with milk, then soak for about 10 minutes. (The liver smell will disappear.)
2. Drain, lightly rinse with water, sprinkle on sake, then arrange on a paper towel to absorb the excess moisture.
3. Add sesame oil to a heated frying pan.
4. Place the liver in the pan, without overlapping, then sauté on medium heat. (About 1 to 2 minutes per side.) Quickly cook the liver or else it will become tough.
5. When browned, flip over, then brown on the other side on medium. (Poke the liver with a chopstick and if it does not bleed, it's ready.)
6. Add the ● ingredients to the frying pan, then simmer on medium.
7. While there is still a little liquid, add the sesame seeds, then turn off the heat. (The photo shows how it looks when stewed.)
8. Transfer to a serving dish, then serve. You can sprinkle more sesame seeds as a final touch.
9. When sautéing the liver, you can also sauté each side for 1 minute on medium-high heat, then make sure the liver is also being cooked through when stewing.
10. If there is too much stewed liquid, the heat is probably too low.
11. Before adding the sauce to the frying pan, wipe with a paper towel for an attractive finish.
12. You can also make this with 1 tablespoon each of sake and mirin, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon sugar.

Story Behind this Recipe

To add nutrients to my family's diet, I came up with this easy recipe for iron-rich pork liver.
Since this dish has a lot of vitamin A, I don't recommend it for pregnant women in their first trimester, since excess intake of vitamin A should be avoided.