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Deer Steak Recipe – On the Stovetop

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Deer Steak Recipe – Skillet: There are many deer steak recipes, but this quick & flawless recipe using browned butter, salt & pepper in a skillet, is great!

Deer Steak Recipes - How to cook deer steak on the stove

Deer Steak Recipe – On the Stovetop

The other night, I decided that I wanted deer meat for dinner. I had been looking at it in the freezer for a little while, and I knew it was time.

Now if you saw my first deer meat recipe…my Fried Deer Meat as seen below…

How to Cook Deer Meat: Fried Steak, Tenderloin & Backstrap

…then you know it’s my ALL TIME favorite thing to eat, and favorite way to eat deer meat.

So when I love something as much as that recipe, it’s hard from me to steer in a different direction of cooking deer meat.

Grill Deer Meat or Fry it in a Pan?

But for some reason, I didn’t have the heart to cut up these perfectly cut steaks into small pieces and decided to give searing them (like I did with my beef steak recipe) a try. I’m so glad that I did, because it turned out pretty tasty, and my family thought so too.

Should I Marinate Deer?

Well honestly, that’s totally up to you. I actually had 4 deer steaks in the package that I was using, so I decided to cook the deer steak, TWO different ways, in case you prefer one or the other.

If you have some time to allot to cooking your deer steak, and you prefer to have a marinade flavor, instead of the deer flavor… then I’d say go with this recipe below

Note: I grilled the steaks in the deer steak marinade recipe below, but you can easily marinate them and fry them in a pan too!)

Get the Marinade for my Other Deer Steak Recipe HERE

How to grill and marinate deer steaks

Not Much Time? Want to Capture the Flavor of Venison?

Then this is a recipe you’ll love. It only uses butter, salt and pepper and is ready in minutes.

There’s something about the flavor of browned butter, salt and peppercorn medley on a cut of meat.

So if you’re ready to cook your deer steak, let’s get to it! (My mouth is watering just thinking about it!)

How to Cook Deer Steak

As with all of the recipes here on the blog, I’ll give tidbits of how to make the dish, throughout the photos in case you’re a visual person, but feel free to scroll to the bottom of this post for a straight-and-to-the-point, recipe card where it lists the ingredients and instructions.

Earlier I mentioned that I had 4 deer steaks thawed out, but that I split them up so I could do two in the pan and two on the grill for a future recipe. But I’m so glad that I did for this recipe too because these two deer steaks were big, and PLENTY for the three of us that were eating it.

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Room Temperature Deer Steaks

You’ll want your deer steaks at room temperature, before cooking them. But if you roll like I typically do, you’ll find yourself ready to cook them when you get home, and there is no way your family is going to wait for the steaks to come to room temp before it’s time to cook and eat them. I get it. So it’s not a BIG deal at all.

What Happens if the Venison Steak’s NOT Room Temperature?

It’s not the end of the world. You may just need to tweak your cook time a little bit to reach the desired “doneness” that you prefer.

So just keep that in mind if you will.

Kosher salt and peppercorn medley pepper for cooking deer steaks

It’s Not Just Salt  + Pepper

Alright, listen up… when it comes to my meat, I SWEAR by kosher salt, peppercorn medley, and salted butter. I do this with my favorite steak recipe, my cheeseburger recipe… and now this deer steak recipe.

Do you HAVE to have kosher salt and peppercorn medley? Well no, but if you see it at the store next time, grab it. Or buy it on Amazon now, so you don’t forget —-> Buy the kosher salt HERE and the peppercorn medley HERE.

Season deer steak with salt and pepper

Butter is Love

Yeah, I know. I always say butter is my friend. But when it comes to cooking deer in a skillet or on the grill, butter is important for the “dryness” that can tend to take over with this lean meat.

Deer is more lean than beef (usually), so the fatty juices may not be in abundance with your deer steaks. So cooking in butter, and even brushing with butter (like I’ll show you in my grilled deer meat recipe coming soon), can help with keeping the steak from drying out.

Brown the Butter…

You’ll want to brown your butter before placing your deer steaks in the skillet. To me, there’s a BIG difference in the taste of melted butter and butter that has browned a little bit. Like, a heavenly difference.

Browned Butter in a cast iron skillet for deer steaks

Quick Tidbit about Steak Thickness

For this recipe, I used deer steaks that were about 1/2 inch thick.

Keep this in mind when you’re cooking yours, and following my times and cooking temps. Your steaks may be thinner or even thicker.

Steaks are about 1/2 inch thick - when cooking deer steaks

Cooking the Deer Steaks

Once my butter has browned, and the skillet is at medium-high heat, I place my seasoned steaks right in it. (Make sure that skillet hisses at you when you put that steak in, so you know it’s hot enough, ok?)

Cook the steaks for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Here’s where you want to watch it, depending on how you really want your steaks.

If you want them well-done, then you’ll want to cook them longer than the 3-4 minutes on each side.

We wanted ours about medium, so we stuck with 3-4.

Longer = Tougher

*** Just remember that the steaks keep cooking after you remove them from the skillet, and when you let it rest. I say this because if you’re wanting your steaks a specific temperature, deer meat will begin to get “tougher” the more it cooks.

How to cook deer steaks and deer meat on the stove

Rest + Butter

Once the steaks were done, I pulled them off of the cast iron, so they could rest (well, and so I could snag these photos), and I added another tablespoon of butter for good measure. (Not necessary. Well, unless you’re having me over for dinner of course, cause… I like butter.)

Oh that green stuff? Not necessary. I just threw it on for a Pinterest-friendly image, and because it was the only little sprig left of my fresh herb garden. I scorched the rest of the herb plants this summer already. (SMH)

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Now that’s a good deer steak…

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Deer Steak Recipes - How to cook deer steak

Deer Steak Recipe - In a Skillet

Jessica Burgess
Deer Steak Recipe - Skillet: There are many deer steak recipes, but this quick & flawless recipe using browned butter, salt & pepper in a skillet, is great!
4.1 from 31 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Resting Time 3 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 steaks
Calories 156 kcal



  • Allow steaks to come to room temperature. (Approx. 20-30 minutes.)
  • Coat deer steaks with salt and pepper.
  • Over medium-high heat, add butter to skillet, and let melt and brown.
  • When butter is melted and brown, gently place steaks in the skillet, making sure they don't overlap one another.
  • If the skillet doesn't sizzle at you, remove steak and wait until skillet is hotter.
  • Cook steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Remove steaks from skillet and place on a plate to rest for 3-4 minutes. During this time, you can coat with more butter if you prefer, to help maintain a juicy deer steak.


Serving: 1steakCalories: 156kcalFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 734mgVitamin A: 530IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword deer steak recipes, game meat recipe, how to cook deer meat
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More Steak Recipes

If you’re a steak lover like those in our house, then you’ll definitely want to check out the ever so popular steak recipe here on the blog where I show you how to cook a steak in the oven!

How to Cook Steak in the Oven

Mmmm! This was so easy and incredible, with the browned butter! Easy Steak Recipe: Pan Fried and in the Oven

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Steak Recipe:

This is possibly the easiest recipe on the entire blog! Toss your pork steaks in the slow cooker with some bbq sauce and a little salt & pepper and follow these steps HERE!

So, tell me… what is YOUR favorite way to cook deer meat? I think frying the backstrap in flour is still my favorite, but when I have deer steaks handy, this recipe is definitely a good choice.

15 thoughts on “Deer Steak Recipe – On the Stovetop

  1. TASHENA Smith says:

    4 stars
    Thanks for the tips & recipe!! Hubby loves them 😋😋😋

    1. Jessica says:

      You’re so welcome! So glad that you liked them!! 🙂 XO

    2. Nick C says:

      Try marinating for 1 hour in Italian dressing . Delicious

  2. John says:

    Really good, added minced garlic to the brown butter and garlic butter on finished steak. This was quick and easy, tasted great. Wife loved it.


    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good John! I’m so glad that you and she loved it! Thank you for letting me know!

  3. Chenin says:

    5 stars
    This is amazing!! Thanks for the great tips!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so glad that you liked it! You’re so welcome.

  4. Yvonne says:

    I loved the frying in butter! I had marinated the steaks in vinegar for tenderness & removes the strong game taste first though. I will definitely try this again because my man thought it was blackstrap. Thanks

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! That is SO exciting. Love your idea of marinating in vinegar! Definitely doing that sometime! Thank you!

  5. Lara says:

    5 stars
    I always soak my deer meat in a little vinager water. I added some accent. Otherwise followed directions. I fooled my family. They thought they were eating beef steak. It was so tender and juicy. Awesome

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!! I love it! I may have to try that vinegar water at some point, thank you!

  6. Debbie Lynch says:

    Thank you for the recipe on venison turned out perfect

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! I’m so glad. Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know that you liked the deer steak recipe!

  7. philipbar says:

    5 stars
    Now I know how to cook the turdy pointer I got last season! Actually used your recipe tonight, and it came out great! My wife loved it too, and she’s not that keen on eating deer. Thanks

    1. Jessica says:

      Hahahaha! I JUST said to my husband earlier today “Oh was that I turdy pointer I saw?” Lol! That’s hilarious. I’m so glad that you liked the recipe and she did too. Thank you!

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