It’s hunting season, and if your family is anything like ours, you love wild game meat. From venison steaks to venison roast and venison backstrap, these 21 best venison dinner ideas cover all sorts of delicious recipes the whole family will love.
Tips for Cooking with Venison
So something I hear quite often is that venison tastes "gamey." If you don't like the taste, I've found that marinating the meat makes a big difference.
Good marinades for venison dinner ideas include
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soya sauce
- balsamic vinegar
- red wine vinegar OR red wine
- apple cider vinegar
- Jack Daniels
For more venison marinade ideas, check out this post at Petersen's Hunting.
Substitute Ground Venison for Ground Beef
Here's another quick tip for cooking with venison. Simply substitute ground venison for ground beef in any of your own favorite recipes.
This can work especially well with any dishes that are slow cooked. Or, in our case, cooked on our woodstove. Simmering in a flavorful sauce or marinade helps reduce the gamey flavor that some people don't like.
I've also found that grilled venison recipes, especially for venison steaks and venison backstrap, have a really nice flavor.
Wherever possible, try using cast iron cookware. Try a cast iron skillet, pot or dutch oven. There's something about the cast-iron that gives venison a really unique smoky flavor.
21 Best Venison Dinner Ideas
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