Photo Russian Chicken Liver Pancakes

How to Make Russian Chicken Liver Pancakes

Chicken liver pancakes very common dish in Russia. I cooked it ones a week and mostly frying liver recipe when was living there. I cook not often now because my husband doesn’t eat liver. They are so soft and with mild liver flavor. Beef or chicken livers are very rich in iron. Give a try, you may like it. Of course, if you eat liver. Many people I spoke in the USA don’t eat it. However, some do. It can be also layered with onion and carrot and sour cream sauce and baked for a few minutes. But I usually, just fry it and serve with mashed potatoes.

If you don’t want cook frying liver, try this recipe Russian Baked Chicken Livers with Onion Recipe

Photo Russian chicken liver with pasta

How to garnish chicken liver pancakes?

We can make different shapes. I used molds for frying to create the heart shape. Garnish is a green parsley, green onion or green dill.


1.25 lb ( 600 g) – chicken liver

1/2 cup milk

4 spoon of flour

Salt, black pepper, nutmeg and allspice to taste

oil to fry

Cooking Direction:

    Liver Preparation Before Cook
    1. Remove gallbladder ( 1 on the photo) and discard liver with green spots on it (2 on the photo), it is very important! If you don’t remove bile, pancakes will be bitter tasting. Remove and discard fat. Wash very well.
    OPTIONAL: Soak liver for 10-20 minutes in milk for milder taste.
Photo Russian Chicken Liver Pancakes Step 1

  1. Mince chicken liver very fine in a blender. Add milk or cream to make looser and run through a strainer. Don’t skip this step, takes a few minutes, but improves a lot of structure of pancakes. Everything that left discard. I show on the photo what left after I run through a strainer, may look like smooth consistency after mincing but it just looks.
Photo Russian Chicken Liver Pancakes Step 2

3. Add to batter pepper, nutmeg and allspice. Amount of spices up to your taste. I add 1/4 of a teaspoon of each.

Russian Photo Chicken Liver Pancakes Step 3

4. Add 4 spoons of sieved flour and salt to the liver.

Photo Russian Chicken Liver Pancakes Step 5

5. Cover and leave batter for 15- 20 minutes.

5. Make small size and fry liver pancakes. Turn over when a condition on the top like on the photo and fry more few minutes. Try the first pancake for salt, add salt if need it and continue frying.

6. Place on paper towel and let it stay for few minutes before serving. Serve with mashed potatoes or another side dish.

Photo Russian Chicken Liver Pancakes

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