elk liver pate

Everyday Elk Liver Pâté

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes + overnight chilling
Method: Sauté

Liver is just one of those things that people either seem to love or hate. There’s no middle ground; it’s like the cilantro of meats. But part of that seems to lie in how it’s prepared. Because if you grew up (like many of us) with your mom frying liver and onions in the kitchen on a weeknight, then yeah, maybe you aren’t a fan. But liver, especially elk liver, can be prepared in many other ways, including in this very delicious, decadent (but still pretty easy to prepare) Everyday Elk Liver Pâté recipe. Serve it up with a side of bacon jam as Primal Pioneer suggests and you’ve got yourself one tasty appetizer.

If that’s not enough to get you rethinking your opinion of this dish, liver (like most organ meats) is packed with essential nutrients and vitamins that we often don’t get enough of––Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Zinc and of course, Iron. Probably another reason why your mom was always trying to get you to eat it. You should send her this recipe.

Recipe & Photography by Primal Pioneer.

Recipe: Everyday Elk Liver Pâté


  • 8 oz The Honest Bison Elk Liver
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter – divided
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • Onion or bacon jam


  1. Melt 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  2. Add the sliced liver and season with salt, pepper, and dried thyme.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until it’s no longer pink.
  4. Remove and let cool.
  5. Once cooled, add the cooked liver to a food processor. Add in the remaining 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, and heavy cream. Process until smooth.
  6. Transfer to a glass jar or storage container and refrigerate overnight.
  7. When ready to serve your elk liver pâté, remove from the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature until it’s softened.
  8. Serve with crackers, toasted bread, or crisp veggies and top with an onion or bacon jam.

Recipe Notes & Alternatives:

  • Store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
  • If you’re unable to find onion or bacon jam in the grocery store, you can make your own version at home with this Bacon Jam recipe.

About Primal Pioneer: Primal Pioneer is about reconnecting with their primal roots and respecting our lands, resources, and natural inhabitants. They support humane conservation and preservation of wildlife. Their goal is to help elevate wild game meats with new and exciting recipes that are both easy to prepare and delicious.

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