Egyptian Liver: Alexandria style

Egyptian Liver: Alexandria style
Egyptian Liver: Alexandria style

Egyptians get their “liver fix” either from street food carts or fast food shops. Gathered around food carts at different street corners, they enjoy their stir-fried liver served on small plates with fresh chili peppers, lime wedges, and warm pitas.  For a quick bite or an order to go, they pick up their liver sandwiches made with Egyptian mini baguettes or bread rolls with sides of French fries and mixed pickles.

The recipe for Alexandria, style liver is famous throughout Egypt.  It’s a quick and easy recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. The hardest step in preparing it is cutting the liver into small pieces since this offal is quite slippery. The trick to save you time is to cut it up while it’s frozen then leave it to thaw.  Let’s get started!

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Serving Ideas:

The sauce from this dish is so yummy! So you want to serve it with thick bread that will absorb this sauce.  It could also be served with rice or pasta.


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4-6 servings


  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 lb (400 gm) calf’s liver, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and chopped (add as many as you want to make it really spicy)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp cloves powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • Juice one lime or lemon
  • 1 tsp salt

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~ Start by choosing a large pan with a cover.
~ Over high heat, heat the oil in the pan.
~ When the oil is very hot, add the liver.


~ Liver is delicate. Quickly and carefully stir fry it until it changes color.


~ Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.


~ Cover the pan. And over medium-low heat, cook the liver for 15 minutes.

~ That’s it. The liver is ready!


Instead of just bell pepper, add chopped tomatoes and chopped yellow onions.  All three vegetables should come together in about one cup. With fewer peppers in the dish, the flavor will be different, yet still delicious and healthier as you add more veggies.

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