Elk Recipes: Lean Elk Meat is Healthy and Delicious


Simple elk recipes that have been tried and tested in home kitchens and dinner tables will be added to this page below. Also, user-submitted recipes are accepted and can be found at the bottom of the page.

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Those who say they don't like elk or deer meat have usually consumed meat from animals that have not been handled properly in the field. (See field dressing page. Or, the Cooling game meat page.) Or, perhaps the cook left a lot of "silver skin" on it.

We've held our noses while processing stinky old bulls, and then been amazed at the meat's good flavor. Even elk that have been wounded, chased and shot again, can still be tasty and tender, if handled properly.

To Age, or Not to Age?

Aging is not necessary, but it does help to tenderize and even improve the flavor and texture of any elk recipes, as well as beef. Care needs to be taken to keep the temperature right. At or around 32 degrees F or in the lower thirties is best for aging meat.

In 2008 the weather was a little warm when we killed a couple of elk, so we shuffled the packaged meat in and out of the freezer to keep it near freezing during the day and left the packages out in the garage at night when it got cold. Hold the meat at or near freezing for three to five days maximum for the aging period. Keep in mind that it will lose some moisture the longer it is out of sub-zero temperatures.

Briefly, aging is a process that allows bacteria to have their way in a very limited fashion (by the cold) for a short period. During this period the bacteria release enzymes that cut the long proteins. Shorter proteins are more tender.

An alternate method of aging is to pull out the meat from the freezer ahead of cooking time and allow it to completely thaw in the refrigerator. Then let it stay at refrigerator temperature for another twenty four hours before cooking. That takes some planning ahead.

Remove the Silver Skin and Avoid Fat

For the most part, remove the silver skin (white membrane) from elk meat (and deer) as much as possible. It contributes that "wild" flavor that many people complain about when they think they don't like wild meats. If you take that stuff off and avoid the fat layers, as well, you will fool the naysayers.

Shank of venison is so tough that you might prefer to pressure cook it, or else cook it slow and moist for a long time to tenderize it. Crock pots and pressure cookers do wonders for tough cuts.

We will start with our favorite and some of the most popular venison or elk recipes first:

  • Grilled Elk Steak
  • Elk Stew
  • Elk Chili
  • Spice-Crusted Grilled Venison Roast
  • Elk Roast
  • Corned Elk
  • Venison Kabobs
  • Elk Green Chile Stew
  • Elk Jerky
  • Elk Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
  • Elk Meatloaf
  • Venison Stroganoff Recipe

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