Deer Meat Marinade Cooked on the grill
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Deer Steak Marinade + Grilled Deer Steak Recipe

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Deer Steak Marinade and Grilled Deer Steak Recipe: This deer steak marinade is delicious for grilling or frying venison on the stovetop. I’m also sharing how to grill deer steaks, one of our favorites on how to cook deer steak.

Deer Meat Marinade Cooked on the grill

Deer Steak Marinade + Grilled Deer Steak Recipe

With deer steaks in the freezer, I headed to Facebook and asked if you wanted me to cook them on the stovetop or on the grill, it was literally an equal race. So, I split the steaks and cooked them both ways!

I shared the stovetop deer steak recipe first, and today I’m sharing the grilled and marinated version with you.

Now if you’re more of a “fried” recipe lover… then you’ll want to make sure that you grab my fried deer meat recipe that my dad let me share with all of you a while back.

Deer Steak Marinade

Poking around in the kitchen, I grabbed what I had on hand and what I thought would mix a great marinade.

I have to say, it turned out pretty good and honestly took out a lot of the gamey flavor.

So if you’re someone who doesn’t like such a strong “game” flavor in their meat, you may just love this marinade recipe. Plus, it uses ingredients that you more than likely have on hand!

Deer meat marinade recipe soy sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar

Mix the deer marinade recipe together

You’ll find the complete recipe below, but I want to walk you through with pictures and tips along the way in case you’re more of a visual person.

Once you’ve mixed the marinade together in a bowl, it’s time to pour it over your steaks.

How to Marinate Deer Steaks

When it comes to marinating the steaks, I prefer to put them inside a plastic zip-top bag and pour the marinade over them.

It makes cleanup a breeze is easy to flip and turn the steaks around while marinating. But we’ll get in to that in just a second…

How to marinate deer meat

Pour your marinade over the steaks, inside the bag, and then seal it COMPLETELY.

Pour the deer meat marinade over the deer steaks in the ziploc bag

Next you can either lay the steaks flat in the refrigerator, or you can place them inside a bowl.

I prefer to place them in a small bowl, so it really surrounds the steaks with the marinade, instead of the juices rolling around, not touching the meat.

However, when placing it in a bowl it’s a good idea to rotate the meat around after a few hours to make sure the bent areas get marinated too. 

Put in bowl to really force marinade to surround me, rotating often

Allow the steaks to marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, but preferably overnight.

I left my deer steaks in the refrigerator overnight and as you’ll see below, they came out with a perfect, marinated brown color from the juices! No, they’re ready for the grill!

Deer after marinating

How to Grill Deer Steak

If you have time, allow the steaks to come to room temperature before grilling.

Preheat your grill to high heat, and place your steaks on the hottest part of the grill and sear for 3-4 minutes.

Add deer steaks and meat to the grill for grilling

Brush with Melted Butter

Deer steaks are very lean and different than beef steaks, so coating with butter after grilling is a great way to prevent the deer from drying out.

Check out this amazing Garlic Herb Steak Butter if you’re feeling super creative!

When done, brush with butter for extra moisture and juicy steaks

Deer Steak Temperature

At 3-4 minutes over high heat, you’ll have a deer steak that’s medium. If you prefer your steaks to be cooked longer, that’s completely fine. Please just know that venison can overcook quickly and that steaks continue to cook even after you remove them from the grill.

Deer meat on the grill - how to cook

How to grill and marinate deer steaks

This is an absolute beautiful steak, and a great way to cook deer meat when hunting season is here!

Deer Steaks on the grill with marinade

Deer Meat Marinade Cooked on the grill

Deer Steak Marinade & How to Grill Deer Meat

Jessica Burgess
This deer steak marinade is delicious for grilling or frying on the stovetop. I'm also sharing how to grill deer steaks, one of our favorites on how to cook deer steak.
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 steaks
Calories 401 kcal


  • 2 1/2 inch-thick deer steaks
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup worcestershire sauce We use Lea & Perrins
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 5 dashes hot sauce or per taste
  • salt and pepper to taste Remember soy sauce has a LOT of salt already
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter


  • In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, Worcheshire sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, and salt and pepper.
  • Place steaks in gallon size ziptop bag and pour marinade over steaks, pushing out air, and sealing the bag.
  •  Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, preferably overnight, moving the bag around often to make sure all steaks sit in marinade at some point.
  • When ready to cook, remove steaks from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, or as close as possible. (Do not microwave.)

  • Preheat grill to high heat and place steaks over the hot part of the grill, and grill on each side for 3-4 minutes.
  • Pull steaks off of the grill, coat with melted butter and let rest for 3-4 minutes.
  • Steaks will be a "medium" steak at this cook time. If you prefer steaks that are well done, cook on the grill an additional minute until steak reaches desired "doneness". 


Serving: 1steakCalories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 13gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 7611mgPotassium: 1138mgFiber: 1gSugar: 48gVitamin A: 435IUVitamin C: 13.4mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 8.5mg
Keyword deer steak marinade, how to cook deer meat, how to grill deer steak
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2 thoughts on “Deer Steak Marinade + Grilled Deer Steak Recipe

  1. Joy MantheyJ says:

    5 stars
    I enjoyed the Deer Marinade.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good, I’m so glad! Thank you so much!

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