Six Scrumptious Venison Marinade Recipes

The right marinade is the secret to transforming your venison into something from a 5-star restaurant! 

Feel free to experiment with your own, but here are six sweet, spicy and downright scrumptious venison marinade recipes worth trying

A big chunk of venison backstrap needs little more than a pinch of sea salt and a few turns on the black pepper grinder before going on the grill.


However, other cuts may need a flavor boost, either to spark taste buds bored from standard deer steaks or to temper the strong flavor from a rutty buck or older doe. In those cases, smart wild game chefs turn to a marinade.

Typically a mix of some type of acid (think lemon juice, vinegar or wine), oil and any myriad of seasonings and spices, marinades are a versatile part of the wild-game cooking pantheon.

Venison Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

Venison Carne Asada Marinade Recipe
Try this marinade recipe to make venison carne asada tacos or taco salad! (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

Use this citrusy, carne asada marinade recipe to add a Tex-Mex bite to venison steaks and flank meat.


Ingredients:

  • Juice of one orange
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1-2 shots tequila
  • 1 cup cilantro, packed
  • 2-3 jalapeños, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Get the Recipe: Venison Carne Asada Marinade Recipe


Corazón de Venado (Deer Heart) Marinade Recipe

Corazón de Venado (Deer Heart) Marinade Recipe
Allow the venison heart skewers to marinate for four hours prior to grilling. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

This marinade recipe is intended for venison heart skewers, but would also work nicely for various wild game cuts.


Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 Anaheim pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or 1 teaspoon ground cayenne)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water

Get the Recipe: Corazón de Venado (Deer Heart) Marinade Recipe


Ginger Marinade Recipe for Venison

Ginger Marinade Recipe for Venison
The Asian flavors in this marinade recipe are a natural match for deer, elk and other venison. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

Whisk up this delicious ginger marinade recipe and use it in a venison Asian-inspired stir fry.

Ingredients:

  • Venison
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ inch grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons five spice powder

Get the Recipe: Ginger Marinade Recipe for Venison


Maple-Whiskey Marinade Recipe

Maple-Whiskey Marinade Recipe
Using real maple syrup results in a sweeter marinade compared to using traditional pancake syrup. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

Oh, Canada! Maple, whiskey and the rich umami of Worcestershire all combine to create this sweet and savory venison marinade from north of the border.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup Canadian whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Get the Recipe: Maple-Whiskey Marinade Recipe


Vietnamese Marinade for Venison Bahn Mi Recipe

Vietnamese Marinade for Venison Bahn Mi Recipe
Make your own bahn mi sandwiches with this tasty marinade recipe. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

Thinly slice your venison steak, place it in this Vietnamese marinade and use the grilled meat in a delicious bahn mi sandwich.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup lime juice (juice of 3 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Marinade for Venison Bahn Mi Recipe


Pan-Asian Grilling Glaze Recipe

Pan-Asian Grilling Glaze Recipe
Use this Asian grilling glaze for the meat in a stir fry with peppers and onions. (Photo courtesy of PetersensHunting.com)

This particular glaze comes together easily and imparts bright, sweet flavors – if you like things a little spicier, a squeeze of Sriacha or shake of red pepper flakes kicks things up a notch.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Generous pinch of dried lemongrass

Get the Recipe: Pan-Asian Grilling Glaze Recipe

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