Grilling is my favorite way to prepare venison steak. When it comes to cooking a deer, antelope, or elk steak on the grill, you can’t really go wrong with what cut you choose. I’ve had great success with backstraps, tenderloins, eye of round, top round, and bottom round steaks. Having said that, I can’t stress enough how much I want you to try tenderizing your venison steaks with my favorite kitchen tool – a Jaccard meat tenderizer. I use it to prepare all the steaks going in our family freezer, as well as every steak I cut for clients. I’ve had nothing but compliments from everyone I’ve recommended it to. And it made the bottom round deer steak I used for this recipe melt-in-your-mouth tender.
I also recommend cooking your venison steaks to medium-rare (130-135 degrees F). It really makes a more enjoyable experience when your steak is juicy, tender, and packed with flavor. When you cut into a perfect medium-rare venison steak, the meat will be a beautiful pink on the inside.
I love using grilled venison steak in fresh summer salads like this one. The girls and I eat a ton of salads during the short summers here in North Dakota, and this is our all-time favorite! Our garden is exploding this time of year, and adding a protein like venison steak is a great way for me to enjoy both the farm-to-table and field-to-table experience on the same plate. I also love this dish because I can get a refreshing summer meal on the table in a short amount of time that will have everyone full and satisfied.
Oiling the Grill Grate
Most grill grates are made of steel or cast iron and need to be oiled before grilling to keep your food from sticking. After preheating the grill, take the time to scrape the cooking grate clean with a grill brush. Using tongs, dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil or canola oil and wipe the preheated grill grate before adding the steaks.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
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