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Lamb's liver and vegetables

NZ Beef and Lamb

Suitable from 6 months

A small spoonful of cooked and puréed lamb’s liver added to sieved or mashed vegetables gives an excellent iron boost.


  • 150g lamb’s liver, sliced
  • ½ carrot, peeled and diced
  • ½ courgette, diced or ¼ cup frozen peas
  • 1 kumara (or potato or pumpkin), peeled and diced


1. To prepare the liver, peel away the fine covering of the skin and discard any tough tubular bits.

2. Cut into several slices about 1cm thick and gently pan fry for 5-8 minutes.

3. Cook the vegetables in about ¾ cup of water until soft. Drain the vegetables, keeping the cooking water.

4. Mix the drained vegetables with the liver and serve as appropriate, either puréed or diced.

Babies 6-7 months

Purée the liver and vegetables with the vegetable cooking liquid. If necessary, pass through a sieve.

Babies 8-9 months

Serve as cooked, or with the liver diced to give different textures.


When first introducing liver to your baby, keep a piece in the freezer and simply grate off the amount required each time. Add the frozen shavings to simmering, almost cooked vegetables then mash or purée the vegetable/liver mix.

Avoid giving your baby more than three teaspoons (15 grams) of liver a week. While liver is an excellent source of iron, it is also rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for health but too much can be harmful.