How to Cook Liver and Kidneys for Dogs (Easy Steps & Complete Guide)

Liver and kidneys from things like beef, chicken, lamb and turkey are excellent for any dog’s diet. They provide a bunch of minerals and nutrients your precious furry friend needs. It helps with healthy organ function and gives your dog plentitudes of energy.

You have a cornucopia of choices in how to cook liver and kidneys for dogs. You could just cook these up in slices by baking or frying and use it as a topper for your pup’s kibble. But, you can also turn these into treats or include livers/kidneys as an ingredient in a DIY dog food recipe.

Quick Recipe Overview

  1. Liver & Kidney Kibble Topper (basic and straight forward; you can fry or bake medallions)
  2. Doggie Kidney/Liver Treats (takes the basic one step further; incorporates some herbs for flavor)
  3. The Precious Pup’s Perfect Rice Bowl (rice, greens and sweet potato make a great kibble topper or to treat dogs with an upset digestive system)

Liver & Kidney Kibble Topper

This is a basic and straightforward way to prepare livers and kidneys for your dog. You can use these for training, but it can also be a part of their daily meals. Dogs can never have too much of this kind of meat because it’s so good for them.

Items You’ll Need

  • Cookie Sheet (covered in parchment paper)
  • Frying Pan (preferably nonstick)
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Airtight Container
  • Freezer-Safe Bags

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Meat Livers or Kidneys
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Clean and remove fat from the livers and/or kidneys.
  2. Put the livers/kidneys in the freezer for a few moments to make them easier to slice.
  3. When frozen enough, slice them to create ¼ inch medallions.
  4. You can either heat the olive oil in the frying pan or put the medallions in a bowl and cover them with olive oil for baking.
  5. Fry them until well cooked or to your dog’s preferences. Or, bake them in the oven at 325°F for 10 to 15 minutes until they’re the way your dog likes to eat them.
  6. Take them off or out of the heat and let the livers/kidneys cool to the touch. Store them in an airtight container or put them into freezer-safe bags.

Doggie’s Kidney and/or Liver Treats

These are a simple and tasty treat you can give to your pooch. It only has a few ingredients and it doesn’t take very long. You can use any animal kidney for this recipe.

Items You’ll Need

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Cutting Board & Knife
  • Frying Pan
  • Spatula
  • Airtight Storage Container

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil  
  • 1 tsp Dill, fresh and chopped
  • 1 tsp Turmeric, powdered  
  • 1 tsp Parsley, fresh and chopped
  • 1 lb Kidneys and/or Livers (chicken, lamb, beef or other)

Instructions

  1. Remove excess fat from the kidneys and livers, be sure to clean them thoroughly and well.
  2. Because they’re soft, put them into the freezer for a few minutes. This will make the livers/kidneys easier to slice.
  3. While you’re waiting on the meat to freeze, chop the fresh dill and parsley.
  4. Put the all the herbs into the frying pan and cover with olive oil. Allow this to sit so the herbs infuse their flavors into the oil.
  5. When the meat is frozen and easier to cut, slice them to about ¼ inch thickness so they look like little medallions.
  6. Turn the stove on medium-high heat right as the aroma of the herbs releases, add the liver and/or kidney medallions.
  7. Cook until crispy or to your dog’s particular preferences.
  8. Remove from heat and put the cooked meat on a plate covered with paper towel. Allow the treats to cool down to until cold to the touch.
  9. Let your dog eat a little bit and place the rest in an airtight container. If you made more than expected, put the remaining treats in a freezer-safe bag.

The Precious Pup’s Perfect Rice Bowl

This recipe requires the use of doggie-safe bone broth. So, you can either make your own with fresh chicken or game hens OR, you can buy a premade product you know is safe enough for your pooch to consume. Make sure it’s free of preservatives, additives, salt, gluten, MSG and sodium.

Also, whatever ground meat you choose, try to keep with that same meat for the kidneys and livers. Of course, you can mix it up if you wish, but this will keep to a certain flavor for your pooch.

Items You’ll Need

  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Cutting Board
  • Freezer Bags or Other Container
  • Knife
  • Large Boiling Pot
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Livers
  • 1 lb Kidneys
  • 1 lb Ground Meat
  • 1 Sweet Potato (small, peeled and chopped)
  • ½ Cup White Rice
  • ½ Cup Kale, chopped
  • ½ Cup Spinach, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Doggie-Friendly Bone Broth

Instructions

  1. Clean and remove all the excess fat from the liver and kidneys. Freeze them for a time so the livers/kidneys are easier to chop.
  2. Clean, peel and chop the sweet potato with the knife and cutting board.
  3. Put the rice and sweet potato into the large boiling pot and fill it with water so it just covers the food.
  4. Set the pot on the stove and turn it on high until just after it begins to boil.
  5. Turn down the heat to a low to medium simmer and let this go for an hour.
  6. Take the livers and kidneys out of the freezer and chop them up.
  7. With the food processor, puree the kale and spinach along with ¼ cup of water.
  8. Add the pureed greens, bone broth, meat, kidneys and liver.
  9. Allow this to cook for another 20 to 25 minutes, until meat is no longer pink and everything is soft and mushy.
  10. Remove the rice bowl from the heat and let it cool down until cold to the touch.
  11. Put it in the blender to create a smooth paste and to breakdown any potential chunks.
  12. Allow the rice bowl to cool and portion out measured meals into freezer-safe bags.