Fast and Easy Venison Recipes

Deer Hunting

Hubby and last years deer.
Hubby and last years deer. | Source

Venison is a Healthy Alternative to Beef

My husband enjoys hunting and I enjoy having the meat in the freezer. I love opening the freezer and finding all those little white packages stacked up in there! It’s like money in the bank. I use venison in place of beef much of the time and it saves me a ton of money on my grocery bill. I have included some information on venison and some really fast and easy venison recipes to save you time and money!

Venison is much lower in cholesterol and fat and has more protein. Now as most of you know, being so lean, if you have had “venison burger” packaged up, it has had some fat added to it. If the processor doesn’t add some fat, it won’t stick together like hamburger. It is still going to be much leaner than regular hamburger meat and much healthier for you.

If you got a good shot on your deer, meaning you didn’t rupture the stomach or liver, and you had a good processor process your deer, you should not have a strong “wild taste”. Some people insist that you have to soak your venison in milk to remove the wild flavor. I did that once, years ago, but couldn't really tell the difference. However, the older the deer, the tougher and wilder the taste. Of course, real sportsman know better than to go out and shoot a "Bambi".

Now, unfortunately, for my husband, I don’t really like to cook. Therefore most of my cooking is “fast and easy” type recipes. I would like to share a few of those with you for cooking venison. My recipes are going to be using mainly the deer back strap, round steak and burger. My round steak has already been tenderizer by the processor. These recipes are low cost and simple and you probably have everything you need already in your pantry.

A New Taste for Fried Venison
A New Taste for Fried Venison

Skillet Herb Crusted Venison

4 tablespoons flour

4 venison back strap steaks

1 teaspoon ground sage

salt and pepper

½ teaspoon crushed thyme leaves

low fat cooking spray

Stir together the flour, sage and thyme in a plate. Coat the steaks with the flour mixture. Heat the cooking spray in the skillet and drop in the flour coated steaks. Brown your steaks on medium heat, turning once and brown on the other side. Remove from skillet and salt and pepper to taste.

*Depending on how thick your steaks are, you may want to slice them in half so they will be thin enough to cook through quickly.

Quick and Easy Delicious Meal
Quick and Easy Delicious Meal

Venison and Musroom Gravy

2 venison steaks, cut into bite size pieces

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

½ soup can milk

low fat cooking spray

2 cups cooked rice

salt and pepper

Heat the cooking spray in skillet. Add venison and cook until done, but don’t overcook. Remove venison from skillet. Pour soup into bowl and add ½ can of milk. Blend this with whisk until well mixed. Pour this into the skillet and mix together with “drippings” in skillet. Add venison and cook until everything is heated through. Spoon the meat mixture over the cooked rice on plate. Salt and pepper to taste.

A Tasty and Satisfying Meal
A Tasty and Satisfying Meal

Venison with Noodles and Brown Gravy

2 venison steaks, cut into bite size pieces

1 pkg. McCormicks Brown Gravy Mix

1 cup water low fat cooking spray

3 cups cooked wide egg noodles

salt and pepper

Heat the cooking spray in skillet. Add venison and cook until done, be careful to not over cook or it will get tough. Mix gravy mix with water in separate bowl, according to directions. Add gravy to skillet and stir together with “drippings” in pan. Heat through. Add venison and cook until everything is heated through. Spoon over cooked noodles. Salt and pepper to taste.

A Quick Yet Healthy Meal
A Quick Yet Healthy Meal

Venison and Stewed Tomato Skillet

1 lb “venison burger”

1 16 oz can, drained, stewed tomatoes

2 cups cooked elbow macaroni

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

Brown deer burger in skillet until done. Add stewed tomatoes and heat through. Stir in drained, cooked, elbow macaroni. Add tomato sauce and stir until well mixed and heated through. I like to serve this with a hot pan of cornbread!

Always a Hit with the Kids
Always a Hit with the Kids

These are my favorite recipes to cook with my deer meat other than the old stand by of dredging in flour and egg mixture and frying. Of course, I do have to fix this every now and then with some mashed potatoes and good old fashion white gravy! Or cut the steaks into strips and dip them in egg and flour then fry them up as steak fingers. This is one of my kids favorites!

You can also use the “venison burger” in place of hamburger meat in spaghetti, chili and hamburger helper.

I hope this has given you a few different ways of using your venison. Cook up and enjoy! If you have any “quick and easy” venison recipes, let me know. I am always looking for something new to try!

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sgbrown 21 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I wouldn't know what to do without my freezer full of venison. I use it for almost everything. I know it is so much better for us than what we buy at the store. We also catch fish from our pond and hubby will usually get a turkey or two during turkey season. We also have chickens so that we have our own eggs. Thank you so much for stopping by again, I really appreciate all your support, my friend! Have a wonderful evening!


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RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

We were talking about venison with friends earlier today, realizing that it had been a long time since we had it. You've made me think it's about time to remedy that situation. Many people benefit from stocking their freezer with meat from their own land. Knowing the source of their food is just one of the benefits.


matthew harrter 23 months ago

thank u


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello June! I cooked the venison and stewed tomato skillet last night with a pan of fried okra. Yummy! I'm sure you will enjoy these recipes. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a wonderful day!


June Smith 3 years ago

Thank you for the quick easy recipes. I can't wait to prepare one this evening and try the rest as well. The dishes look yummy!!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello 2patricias! My family really likes venison, my kids grew up on it. My hubby has always been an avid deer hunter. I rarely buy beef. "Culling" is a necessity. It keeps the deer population under control and keeps the herds healthy. We only take what we will eat in a year. I am currently waiting for more of those little white packages to be ready as deer season has already started here. Thank you so much for including my fast and easy venison recipe in your index. That is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I like venison, and it is easy to buy in this part of England during the winter months. Most of what I buy is from annual "culls" - which some people think are cruel, but not in my opinion as it ensures that herds of deer have enough to eat.

I have just started a "venison" section in my Recipe Index for HubPages, and am including this.


quentin 4 years ago

wow!!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello alocsin. I may not have explained this well, but the venison is cheaper for us as my husband kills the deer. That way we get a lot of meat for just the cost of the "deer tag". To purchase venison, it is probably higher than beef. I'm sorry I didn't explain that, I guess I thought you could read my mind. LOL Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your vote up! Have a great day! :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

These sound yummy and I wasn't aware that venison was actually cheaper than beef. Thought it was the other way around. I'll have to look for this meat. Voting this Up and Useful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello alocsin! LOL I know what you mean, but we take our deer to a meat processor and it is cut into steaks and make into hamburger and packaged up for us. That's the hard part. Thank you for visiting my hub and vote up, it is greatly appreciated! Have a great evening! :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Fast and easy is not something you normally associate with venison, so thanks for these suggestions. Voting this Up and Useful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Brett! Thank you for your comment on my hub. I don't know what type of meat you have there, but these recipes would probably work with just about any type. Thank you for reading and sharing my hub. Greatly appreciated! :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

You ideas sound delicious ... I just wish that there was more of this meat available over here (Asia).

Thanks for SHARING.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you kevin! It really is sooo good. The mushroom gravy, just makes it yummy! Thanks for you comment! :)


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kevin.howell 4 years ago from Maysville KY

Sounds good. I especially like the venison and mushroom gravy. Thanks for sharing


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Jenna! :) They are not only good, but easy too! Thank you for commenting on my hub. Share this hub with someone you think may like this recipe too! :)


Jenna 4 years ago

Love these recipes! I have lots of venison I will be trying these with!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

@Brett Winn - Thank you for your kind words. I really don't "like" to cook, so most of my recipes and "fast and easy", but pretty good! I hope you can find these recipes useful next year. :)


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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

Wow, you might not like to cook, but these recipes sound wonderful. I LOVE venison ... unfortunately I did not happen to come by any this season. :( I will bookmark these so I can find them again if I get lucky next year! Voted up!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello again peepingtomb! Thanks again for visiting my hubs and leaving such nice comments. If you get the chance to try one of my recipes, let me know what you think! Have a great day! :)


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peepingtomb 4 years ago

These are some great and simple recipes. They all look very delicious.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I am an animal lover. I'm glad to see you are also. As far as hunting goes...each to his own. Have a Happy New Year jntuhub.


jntuhub 4 years ago

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