How to cook venison steak
Venison steak is a healthy, lean protein that is becoming more popular as people are looking for healthier alternatives to beef. Venison is low in fat and cholesterol, and it is a good source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, and zinc. In this blog post, we will show you how to cook venison steak so that it is tender and juicy. We will also provide tips on how to choose the best venison steaks and prepare them properly. So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, we hope that you will find these tips helpful!
Cooking venison steak
–Venison steak is lean, so it can easily turn tough and dry. To prevent this, you should not overcook your venison steaks. When cooking your venison, check for doneness with an instant-read thermometer. You will want to cook your steaks until they are between 125 F and 130 F. If you have a digital probe meat thermometer, place the probes in the thickest part of the steak while you are cooking them. The temperature will gradually rise as it rests before serving so if you set your alarm to beep at 125 F it will sound just as the steak is properly cooked to rare/medium-rare! Another way to test whether the steaks are done is by pressing on them. If the steak feels soft and spongy, it is not ready. The steaks should be firm to touch before they are done cooking.
Venison Steak Cooking Tips:
– Season your steaks with salt and pepper no more than 30 minutes before cooking them so that the seasoning will stick to the meat instead of falling off in the pan.
– Cook your venison over medium heat until it has reached an internal temperature of between 125 F and 130 F. Then turn down the heat to low or move the skillet into a 200 F oven to allow them to cook for another 5-10 minutes without drying out. The exact time will vary depending on how thick your steaks are but cook them until they feel extremely firm to the touch.
– Do not slice into your venison steaks to check if they are done, as this will let all of their juices run out. Instead, use an instant-read digital meat thermometer (shown below) to check their doneness!
-The best way to cook a venison steak is in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets get searing hot and stay hot during the whole cooking process so that it can give your meats a delicious sear! Additionally, you should always start by giving your steaks a healthy coating of oil before adding them to the pan so that they don’t stick and tear while you’re cooking them. If you have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, there shouldn’t be any issues with the meat sticking to it.
-If you do not have a cast iron skillet, you can still make delicious venison steak in other types of skillets or on a grill. Before cooking the steaks, you should heat oil over high heat until it starts to smoke. Then add your venison and sear them until they are browned on each side. If you want to give your steaks even more flavor, toss some butter into your pan before adding them so that it will melt down and cover the steaks as they cook! One of my favorite ways of preparing a venison steak is by basting it with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red wine vinegar as soon as I take it out of the pan. The hot oil will cook down and form a delicious crust on the steaks, and the vinegar will create a tasty sauce that you can drizzle over them!
Optional venison steak toppings:
-Once you have cooked and rested your venison steaks, feel free to add toppings like compound butter, sauce, or garlic . Whether you want a delicious balsamic reduction drizzled over your steak or a pat of sweet and savory compound butter melting on top, we’ve got all the recipes you need below!
The General Technique to cook a Venison Steak:
-Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
-Season venison with salt and pepper, then cook for 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare or to desired doneness (shown below). Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Marinate your venison steaks
If you want to prepare your venison steaks with a delicious marinade, there are three fantastic recipes below. The marinades will add tremendous flavor to the meat while tenderizing it at the same time!
– Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or zip lock bag.
– Add steak and cover completely in marinade. Marinate for 8-24 hours before cooking.
-Grill until juices run clear, turning once halfway through grilling time. This recipe is also perfect for preparing venison burgers!
Balsamic Reduction Sauce:
-Pour vinegar into skillet after cooked steaks have rested five minutes. Bring to boil and cook 1 minute or until liquid has evaporated by half. Gradually whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over steaks.
Hoisin Glazed Venison Steaks:
-Combine all ingredients except venison in a medium bowl. Add steak and toss to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, turning occasionally. Drain mixture from steak, reserving marinade. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add steaks; reduce heat to medium-high and cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness is reached, basting with reserved marinade during last minute of cooking time. Let steaks stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve sprinkled with green onions if desired.
Rosemary Garlic Butter:
-Mix butter, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and sage in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place butter mixture on a sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap and roll into a 1-inch-thick log using the paper or plastic. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or up to 3 days. Unwrap chilled butter log; cut into 8 rounds. Cook steaks 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare (shown below). Let stand 5 minutes before serving each steak with 1 round of garlic butter melting over top.
-Delicious venison steaks are waiting for you in this post! Try out the marinades, basting recipes, and compound butter recipes below to take your steak game up a notch. If you’re looking for other ways to cook your steaks, be sure to click through to our posts on grilling, how to grill like a pro, and cooking your deer meat in the crockpot . Once you’ve cooked up all these delicious steaks, make sure you try them with any of our sides (like garlic mashed potatoes) or desserts (like chocolate chip cookies ).