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YES Livermush is Delicious, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, flavorful and spiced! It’s the best breakfast ever! Served with eggs, waffles or pancakes makes the perfect breakfast or even breakfast for supper dish! First, though, you have to know how to cook Livermush!

Livermush is a favorite Classic Southern Dish! It is made from pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal and spiced with sage, salt and pepper! Livermush is affordable and delicious and a perfect substitute for breakfast sausage!

a fork holding a piece of livermush with two other slices on a white plate


  • It showcases the spiced pork meat with a crispy edge and soft center
  • Makes use of bacon grease to add more flavor! 
  • Shows you how to put a crispy edge on a delicious piece of meat IN HOW TO COOK LIVERMUSH! 

Cook Livermush Like This…

STEP 1. Slice the loaf of livermush into pieces for frying. 

cutting the livermush into slices

STEP 2. Mix up your breading and lightly coat the pieces to ready for frying (heat up your pan).

a slice of livermush breaded and ready to fry for how to cook scrapple

STEP 3. Gently place the pieces into the hot frying pan and cook for about 10 minutes (5 on each side).

four slices of livermush frying in the pan

how to cook scrappl

STEP 4. Drain on a paper towel. Serve hot!

four slices of cooked livermush on a paper towel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about How To Cook Livermush


According to my friend Wikipedia, Livermush is made from pork liver and meat that is cooked and then mixed with cornmeal and spices and formed into a loaf. 


I think livermush tastes a lot like Scrapple and sausage. It has a deeper more liver taste however. 


According to the Neese’s website, livermush is made of: Pork Broth, Pork Livers, Cereals (Corn and Wheat Meal), Pork, Salt, Spices


They are very similar and often called the same thing depending on what region of the southern United States you are from. 


Personally, I think the taste is very similar. Scrapple is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe and livermush originated in the South. Is that the biggest difference? I’m not sure, but I enjoy both and think they taste pretty similar. 

Additionally, if you enjoy sausage, you will probably like livermush. It’s only a slightly different flavor and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 


With a smile on your face and a fork in your hand! Unless, of course, you’ve made a breakfast sandwich with it, in which case you just use your fingers. 

Seriously though, you eat livermush the same way you eat sausage generally.


The livermush that I purchase from Neese’s sausage company is not raw, it is precooked. Check the outside of the package that you have purchased.


Livermush comes in a loaf or block form. Cut a slice, dredged in seasoned flour and then fry till crispy on the outside. The livermush that I am using here is already precooked, so… you could eat it right from the package. 


Yes, bake livermush. All you really need to do is slice off a ½ inch thick slice, place it on a prepared baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10 minutes on one side and another 10 on the other side. 


Once cooked, like sausage, you will want to consume your Livermush within an hour or two. Refrigerate unused Livermush and it will be good for about 5 days in the refrigerator.

Check the expiration date on the package of Livermush to understand when the package expires. How To Cook Livermush


To Freeze Cooked Livermush, place it in a bag, label it, squeeze out the air and place in the icebox. It will be good for 3-6 months.

Yes! To freeze unused raw Livermush place it in a bag, label it,  and place in the cold box. It will be good for 6 months to a year.


Lots of great dishes work with Livermush!

four slices of livermush on white plate with blue, white and yellow napkin

TIPS and TRICKS for How To Cook Livermush

  • Livermush is pre-cooked. You can eat it from the package if you want (but we recommend frying it to add great flavor!)
  • I use a light coating of wondra flour to give mine an exceptional crispy crunch BUT if you don’t have this, a little flour (all purpose or self rising, either one) will work too. If you don’t have any of those, just fry it a little and it will still be good.


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a white plate of scrapple with two slices on the plate and another part slice, fork holding piece

How to Cook Livermush

This recipe shows you how to get a nice crispy crust on your livermush and how to make a seasoned breading. 
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooking livermush, how to cook livermush
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 561kcal


  • 1 lb livermush cut in 1/4 inch thick pieces
  • 1 cup instant flour such as Wondra
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs bacon grease
  • 2 Tbs whole butter


  • Cut 4 ¼ inch slices of the livermush and lay on a clean paper towel (this helps remove moisture).
  • In a large bowl, mix the Wondra flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt and pepper and mix well, set aside.
  • In a 10” cast iron skillet, heat the bacon grease and butter until hot and a drop of water spatters enthusiastically.
  • While the pan is heating, very carefully dredge the scrapple slices in the wondra flour.  Pat the flour into the livermush gently.
  • Lay each piece of livermush into the hot oil after it is dredged in the flour.  Fry as many as 3-4 at a time.
  • Cook for 3 minutes per side without disturbing during cooking, turn the pieces very gently.
  • Remove to a clean paper towel to drain.


  • It is ok to leave the cayenne pepper off is you do not like a little hot flavor in  your food.
  • Make sure to use the kosher salt and not table salt.  
  • If using table salt, reduce to “just a pinch” The wondra flour makes a nice crispy exterior, if you use regular flour, it is ok, the edges just might not be as crusty.


Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Livermush
Amount Per Serving
Calories 561 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 928mg39%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 309IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating

edgar tipton

Monday 6th of May 2024

I've been eating livermush all my life. My dad's people were from Polk County, NC. The coating was new to me. Thanks for teaching me something new. That's the way I'll go from now on.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 10th of May 2024

So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Really, most any time you are pan frying a meat it benefits from a little coating of flour but it isn't 100% necessary. I'm glad you tried it and liked it!

Tracy Shook

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

To those who have never tried livermush, try it, it is so good! I usually fry mine just as it is, adding nothing but the tiniest dab of oil or butter in which to fry it. I have never added flout to mine, as it tends to get rather crispy on the outside without it, but I am going to try it sometime to see what it does. I have eaten completely plain and even cut little bites of it cold from the package on occasion, but it really shines when you start adding favorite condiments to it as a sandwich, and you cannot go overboard with the number or variety of them, either! For a big, over-the-top number, try adding onions, mustard, mayonnaise, sliced tomatoes, cole slaw, and a slice of cheese with some fried livermush on a bun. Yeah, I know, the combination may sound odd, and I thought so, too, before trying this as a local restaurant many years ago, but, OH, IS IT GOOD!!! Strange that it would be hard to find in Texas or Florida as livermush is a very common southern staple. I have never been as fond of liver pudding because it has a much stronger liver flavor, the thing that appeals most to those who do love the stronger liver taste. Grocery stores will usually order items that they do not usually stock if you request them, particularly if multiple people make the same request. Hope all can try it and have access to it to do love it!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Thanks Tracy, I love your sandwich recommendation!


Monday 23rd of November 2020

Wow... I never hare of "livermush" before & it sound tasty. I'm a New Mexico girl. Think Mexican food (not Tex/Mex, but New Mex/Mex. My favorite chile is Achunde's (local) chile & fave. mex. dish is chile rellano cassarole. Rhanks for th3 lovely recipes.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Hi Ann, Thanks for leaving a comment! I bet you might like it if you tried it!

Peggy Wiseman

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

I grew up with liver pudding when I lived in SW Virginia and. Central NC in the 40s and 50s My husband grew up in the mountains of NC. We never saw it again after moving to Texas in the early 60s. I was telling my friends about it and how good it was. They couldn’t believe it and it and had never heard of it. I am 85 years and haven’t forgotten it.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

Good memories Peggy! :)


Saturday 18th of January 2020

Enjoyed your article - wish we could get livermush or liverpudding here in SW Florida, but we can get Scrapple😃.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 19th of January 2020

Hi Martha! I'm kind of surprised that you can't get liver mush or liver pudding! It's everywhere here in NC! Thanks for leaving a comment! Scrapple is pretty darn good, so I hope you'll give that a go! :)


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