The air fryer is a quick and nutritious method to prepare wild game steaks, and venison (deer) takes just 7 minutes to prepare.
A fast and simple method to enjoy delectable slices of venison without breading is to coat them in melted butter, season them with salt and pepper, then cook them in a 400° air fryer. (If breaded fried deer meat is your preference, you’ll like this dish!)
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
The butter not only provides a fantastic degree of flavour but also keeps the venison moist while cooking.
There are only 4 ingredients! You probably already have everything you need, including the venison, butter, salt, and pepper.
This may be ready to eat in as little as 5 minutes for medium-rare or as long as 7 minutes for a medium steak (which is how we liked ours), depending on how “well-done” you like your venison.
CAN YOU COOK DEER IN AN AIR FRYER?
Yes! No matter how long you cook it for, it’s still a quick and simple technique to prepare the venison. “How long” you cook it for depends on how “done” you want it.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO COOK VENISON?
There are several ways to respond to this, but here are our ideas:
Deer may be cooked more quickly, easily, and healthily by air frying. Cut-up fried meat that fits easily in the basket works well for this.
It’s no secret that grilling deer meat may give it the flavour of that “char” that we all love so much when it comes to foods grilled over an open flame. Grilling venison steaks with a marinade can achieve this. Additionally, if you don’t like the flavour of venison, adding a marinade might help mask the “gamey” flavour.
Although this is our preferred method for preparing deer steak (bits), it may take a few more steps and need more cleanup than air frying to remove the oil and flour and cook the fryer meat (tenderloin or backstrap) in tiny batches.
Similar to the air fryer recipe here, this method for cooking venison on the stove utilises butter, salt and pepper. The main difference between the two recipes is that this one utilises complete chunks of steak rather than cut-up portions of tenderloin, backstrap, or fryer meat, and it also imparts the “browned-butter” flavour.
As a result, the ideal method for cooking venison might vary depending on the cut and the desired flavour.
HOW TO MAKE VENISON IN THE AIR FRYER
If you have kids, this may be one of the simplest deer dishes you’ve ever tried. It’s also incredibly family-friendly since the venison is sliced up and served in bite-sized pieces, which is perfect for young hands.
For this recipe, we used:
- Deer meat tenderloin and/or backstrap, that’s sliced into 1/4 inch slices.
- Melted butter – Depending on the amount of venison you’re cooking, you may need more/less butter
- Salt – kosher salt is our favorite but table salt will work just fine
- Pepper – black pepper or ground peppercorn medley is our favorite
Start by melting butter in a small, dish and dredge each piece of the deer tenderloin (or fryer deer meat) in to the butter to coat each side.
There is no need to use cooking spray for this dish, particularly because the butter-coated venison should prevent it from sticking, as is recommended by most air fryers.
Depending on whether you used salted or unsalted butter, place the venison in the air fryer basket and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Depending on the internal temperature you choose, cook the venison for 5-7 minutes at 400°.
We didn’t feel the need to turn my air fryer while it was frying, but if you discover that yours does, flipping halfway through would definitely be the best option
WHAT TO SERVE WITH VENISON
Side dishes that go great with this are:
- Best Side Salad Recipe
- Garlic Roasted Broccoli
- Focaccia Bread
- Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
TIPS FOR MAKING THIS
If possible, make sure venison is closer to room temperature before cooking as cold venison may cook differently in the air fryer. If it is cold, you may need to change the cook-time so it’s best to keep an eye on it for your desired “doneness”.
Depending on how thick or thin the deer pieces are can make the cooking time change. If possible, and if you need to cook it in batches (based on the size of your air fryer) try cooking the pieces that are similar in size, together.
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