Luxury is one of the first things that comes to mind when we hear the word steak. We often think that it can only be eaten in restaurants while wearing fancy suits and dresses and only savoring during special occasions. We beg to disagree since we firmly believe that every dining experience is a luxury in itself. Just be creative and do not be afraid of trying new cooking styles and recipes.
And in this article, we will be presenting to you steak recipes that are sure to tickle not just your tastebuds but your curiosity as well. We often see this organ meat as an additional ingredient for meat-based recipes, but we will be starring best offal steak as the main component of this article's dish.
Some might say that this borders the exotic, but the liver is a sumptuous treat for most Filipinos, especially those who love organ meats. The texture and taste might pose a problem, but that's the exact reason why we are writing this article for you. So if you're ready, allow us to share the best offal recipes you can try at home.
What is Pork Liver Steak?
Many Filipinos are fond of unusual and sometimes food that borders the exotic. If you are watching tv and internet shows that feature food, the most notable Filipino dishes that will make a list are organ meats like chicken and pork intestines (offal) and other body parts of animals, which might not fascinate most people. Most of these recipes are in the street food category.
On the other hand, offal steak is different from how we picture a smothered beef liver. Cut the liver into thin slices, then marinated and fried until cooked, after which the marinade formed as the dressing. The cooking recipes are almost similar to Bistek, another Filipino dish made of thin slices of smothered beef liver.
The ingenuity of our forefathers traced our love affairs for cooking organ meats. For them, no parts can go to waste, so they thought of recipes to use internal organs, giving birth to a wide array of uniquely Filipino culinary arsenal, one of which is our Best offal Steak recipes.
These humble recipes did not settle to just being a usual home-cooked meal, also in street-side food stalls and even in restaurants where a fancy preparation performed. After all, everything is possible when it comes to the kitchen. One only needs to have a creative and resourceful mind to have your recipes.
Ways to Cook Pork Liver Steaks Recipes
As simple and as humble as it looks, offal is a versatile ingredient; that is why cooking in various ways is possible. So here are some of the time-tested recipes on how you can cook our featured recipes. So study them carefully and see which one fits your liking.
Pork Liver and Spring Onion Stir Fry
Dishes can remind us of our childhood: dishes that make us nostalgic, back when life was simpler. And these offal recipes are different yet very familiar approaches to Bistek, one of the very iconic Filipino classic recipes.
The approach is simple, and we can use any pan. The recipes are almost similar to how you execute the offal steak, except that these recipes lean more to Chinese cuisine than Filipino.
Marinating the offal in ginger, shoyu, and lime juice removes the strong smell prevalent in organ meats. The marinade also serves as the dressing after stir-frying the liver, and one can enjoy pairing this with rice, which complements the rich and thick dressing.
Grilled liver Recipes
Grilling any meat gives them a different aroma and texture, making any dish a rugged and rustic appeal. And we can do that with offal as well. The smoky and charred flavor masks the strong organ smell of the liver and, at the same time, gives it a distinct flavor.
You can marinate the thinly cut liver slices in shoyu, ginger, garlic, lime juice, or calamansi juice. The marinade also eliminates the unpleasant and strong odor coming from the organ meat.
The cooking recipes are also quicker because they utilize direct heat from the charcoal or electric grill. Just make sure to baste the meats with the marinade to avoid drying them out, resulting in a rubbery and almost unchewable finished product.
Air Fryer Steaks Recipes
The air fryer is the newest kitchen innovation, which claims to be a healthier option when frying or simply cooking anything. This magical piece of kitchen equipment uses dry heat, which circulates inside the cooker.
And we all know that meats use generous amounts of fat, then it is only rational that if we want healthier cooking recipes without sacrificing the flavor, then air frying our offal is the way to go. The reason for this is because the air fryer only needs a little amount of oil when cooking.
To add flavor, marinate the liver slices in your choice of acid and oil combination. A soy sauce, garlic, and lime juice can work magic. Before cooking, coat the liver in a thin layer of cooking oil, then set the air fryer to cook, and you're good to go.
Stovetop Steaks Recipes
The majority of Filipino households still use traditional cooking recipes for most of their home-cooked meals. The reason is that LPG burners are cheaper and readily available than the high-end and more advanced cooking equipment available in the market. It is very handy if you're trying new cooking styles and recipes.
Most of the dishes that we know use these recipes, from soups to dressings. If you have a cast-iron skillet, then that is much better. All you need to do is pan-fry the marinated offal (liver) slices and baste them with the marinade to prevent the meat from drying out.
Make sure to flip the lover slices while cooking to avoid overcooking each side because they tend to be rubbery when overcooked.
Other Delicious Variants and Recipes
We can cook the offal in several ways, for it is a very flexible and versatile ingredient. One needs to have a creative and playful mind to present and cook this organ meat in a very appealing way. To give inspiration to you, here are some of the well-known variants and recipes of these recipes.
Pork offal with mushrooms and oyster Recipes
The texture and its distinct flavor make this organ meat a very interesting main ingredient for our recipes. And the easiest way to serve this is to prepare it in a very Oriental manner by stir-frying it along with mushrooms.
The recipes are basic and do not require much preparation. Cut the liver slices thinly and do the same with the mushrooms. Then saute them in onions, garlic, and ginger and finish it off with oyster sauce. Adding a slurry of cornstarch and water to your recipes helps thicken the dressing.
Pork Liver With fried bean sprouts Steak Recipes
Fried bean is one of the other Asian-inspired recipes using bean sprouts in any stir-fried recipes and liver. The addition of bean sprouts adds a layer of the interesting texture of crunch to the liver's slightly chewy texture.
Saute the offal slices with aromatics to remove the unnecessary smell, then add in the bean sprouts. Season it with oyster sauce, soy sauce, and simmer for about three minutes, then you're good to go.
Pork Liver With Bacon and Caramelized Onion Recipes
These recipes take inspiration from the Western Hemisphere of the culinary spectrum. This ups the ante a bit for our humble and often overlooked organ meat.
On the other hand, as a sauce and toppings for many different dishes, bacon and caramelized onions are predominantly used. The complex flavors of this very American dip make it a suitable addition to our recipes.
The salty and sweet combination of the onions and bacon will mask the pungent smell of the liver. That makes our recipes even more palatable and truly appealing.
With Crispy Ham and Marmalade Onions Recipes
It is one of the other Western-inspired recipes, this time featuring ham and onion marmalade recipes. The salty, tangy, and slightly sweet taste of the marmalade makes it perfect for the offal.
Fry the ham slices until crispy, then set aside. Then pan-fries the livers until cooked, then top it off with the fried ham and serve alongside the marmalade onions.
The zing and zest of the marmalade go well with the strong flavor profile of the liver. And the presentation, when done right, makes it look like a very expensive dish.
With Potatoes Recipes
Potatoes are bland and starchy root crops, but that is why they are constant companions for many dressing-based dishes. The dish they put into it absorbs the flavor, and they also help thicken the dressing because of their starch content.
The best way that you can serve them with the liver is to pan-fry the potatoes first. After pan-frying, cook the liver until done and include the potatoes and mix in the dressing made from the marinade and simmer until both the potatoes and the liver reach the desired consistency.
Few helpful facts may make you change your mind and start chowing down on the offal. One is because they are inherently rich in Iron, making them a vital mineral for our bodies. It is also full of Vitamin B9 (folate), which is especially important for pregnant women.
One of the many challenges that cook's face when cooking organ meats is the smell. They are naturally aromatic and give off a strong odor that can be off-putting, especially for people. However, this can be a simple problem that requires a simple solution.
Marinating the liver in a mixture of ginger, garlic, and other aromatics eliminates the smell. Others prefer to soak the liver in milk, which removes that strong odor.
Another challenge is texture, especially when they are overcooked. To solve this, when pan-frying, keep flipping the liver from time to time to even out the distribution of heat.
Mishaps occur, and at times, we can not prevent them from happening. However, there are time-tested troubleshooting steps that you can take to remedy them. And we have them here for you.
- If the liver is overcooked, shred the liver into tiny pieces and simmer them again in the dressing. It helps to tenderize them and make them palatable.
- If the liver still gives off a strong odor, simmer it again in the dressing, but this time add a dash of lemon or calamansi juice.
Best Serve With
Offal (liver) steak is a very flavorful dish on its own, and often, it only needs a steaming bowl of rice for us to enjoy it. There are also many dishes out there that are perfect partners for these unique organ meat recipes.
Java rice is one of the very flavorful rice recipes. There's that heat, that saltiness, and tang, making it a very suitable partner for our recipes. It is just like an explosion of flavor in one's palate.
Potatoes will always be a go-to partner for any dressing-based recipes, may it be mashed or fried. And making it into a croquette takes the dining experience of potato to another level.
The crunch and somehow mild flavor of the croquettes make it a perfect canvass for the offal steak.
Puto Pao is the fusion of two famous Filipino merienda stars: putong puti and the Chinese siopao or meat bun. This Filipino and Chinese inspired delicacy is sweet and meaty, making it a contrast to the very flavorful offal steak.
And for us Filipinos, puto is meant to be eaten with something else. And that's a good reason enough to pair this delicacy with our featured dish.
Challenge makes someone a great cook, so do not be afraid of trying out new recipes in the kitchen. So with all the information that we have in this article, we are more than confident that you will be able to pull the Best offal recipes at home.
So keep exploring and keep learning. Happy cooking!
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Best Liver Steak Recipe
- 2 pcs White Onion sliced thinly
- ½ cup Calamansi
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 cup Cooking Oil
- 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
- ½ teaspoon Crushed Black Pepper
- 1 lb Pork liver
- ½ cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- In a bowl, combine pork liver, calamansi, black pepper and soy sauce. Marinate for 1 hour. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan. Fry the liver until color turns golden brown.
- On the same pan with the remaining oil, sauté garlic. Add the fried liver, cornstarch, and pour in the marinade sauce.
- Put the onions in the pan. Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- Serve while hot!
What is Kalamanski?
Hello Ellen, you can substitute Calamansi with Lemon
However, according to Wikipedia Calamansi (Citrus × microcarpa), also known as calamondin or Philippine lime, is an economically important citrus hybrid predominantly cultivated in the Philippines. It is native to the Philippines and surrounding areas in southern China, Taiwan, Borneo, and Sulawesi.