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Fried Deer Meat and Gravy

One of my favorite meals of all time is fried deer meat and gravy! So if you’re looking for one of the best ways to cook deer meat, this is a recipe you have to try!

Fried deer meat covered in homemade gravy

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My husband and I are both hunters but before he and I met, I had never had fried deer meat. I had only had it cooked on the BBQ or made into jerky.

I remember when we were first dating, watching him fry up the meat and thinking it would just be “okay” but it ended up being the most delicious comfort meal of all time!

And to this day he and I joke about how sad I feel that I didn’t get to eat it that way my entire life. So now whenever we cook deer meat, this is always our favorite way!

How to Make Fried Deer Meat and Gravy

I love cooking all kinds of recipes but I especially love simple and old-fashioned recipes.

Making this recipe always makes me feel like I’m cooking back in the day alongside Ma Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. There is just something about frying up deer meat in a cast iron pan that fills me with complete happiness.

So I hope whenever you make this recipe you enjoy it just as much!

Choose Your Cut of Meat

The best part about fried deer meat is that just about any cut of meat you want to use will taste great.

We fry backstrap, tenderloins, shoulder meat, hindquarter, and any other random chunks we have in the freezer and so you can use just about any cut of the deer that you want.

Just keep in mind that the backstrap and tenderloins are more tender and so if you use other cuts it’s important to tenderize them.

You can also make this recipe with other types of game meat such as elk, antelope, caribou, etc. and it’s just as good!

Prepare and Fry the Meat

This first step to cooking wild game meat is trimming off any fat and sinew that’s still attached. Unlike different types of meat like beef and pork where the fat adds flavor and tastes good, it’s the opposite with wild game such as deer, elk, and antelope.

If you’ve ever tried wild game meat in the past that you didn’t like there’s a good chance that it was processed with all of the fat which can make it taste terrible.

After the meat is trimmed, use a sharp knife to cut the meat into thin pieces about 1/4 inch thick and pound it out on both sides with a meat tenderizer. Then sprinkle one side of the meat with garlic salt.

Tenderized deer meat cut in thin strips

Mix together flour, salt, and pepper in a small container, and then coat each piece of meat on both sides.

Melt butter in a cast iron pan and then start frying the meat in batches over medium heat. Wait until you see blood start coming through and then flip the meat and cook it on the other side for a couple of minutes.

Deer meat frying in a pan

Continue the process until all of the meat is finished. Continue to add butter to the pan if the meat starts to stick or if the butter starts to cook away.

After the last batch of meat is finished remove it from the pan and start making the gravy.

Gravy Instructions

Turn the heat to low and add 2-4 tablespoons of flour to the remaining butter and meat drippings. If most of the butter has cooked away prior, you can add a couple of extra tablespoons of butter.

Stir with a fork or whisk until all of the flour absorbs the butter mixture and add more flour if needed.

Homemade gravy starting to cook in a pan

Then add 2 cups of milk and continue stirring until it starts to simmer and thicken. If it’s too thick add more milk or if you like the consistency remove it from the heat.

Homemade gravy in a pan

Then serve the fried deer meat topped with gravy and season with salt and pepper to taste!

The only bad thing about this meal is when it’s over!

Fried deer meat covered in homemade gravy

Fried Deer Meat and Gravy

Fried deer meat and gravy is the best comfort meal of all time! It's simple and easy to make but it's so delicious that you'll never want deer meat cooked any other way!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds deer meat or wild game of choice
  • garlic salt optional
  • 8 – 12 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups milk

Instructions
 

Meat Instructions

  • Trim off all fat and sinew from the meat and then use a sharp knife to cut it into small pieces about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use a meat tenderizer and pound out both sides of the meat and then lightly sprinkle one side of the meat with garlic salt.
    Tenderized deer meat cut in thin strips
  • Mix together flour, salt, and pepper in a small container, and then coat each piece of meat on both sides.
    Flour coated deer meat
  • Melt 4 – 6 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron pan and then start frying the meat in batches over medium heat. Wait until you see blood start coming through and then flip the meat and cook it on the other side for a couple of minutes.
    Deer meat frying in a pan
  • Continue the process until all of the meat is finished and continue to add butter to the pan if the meat starts to stick or if the butter starts to cook away.
  • After the last batch of meat is finished remove it from the pan and start making the gravy.
    Fried deer meat

Gravy Instructions

  • Turn the heat to low and add 2 – 4 tablespoons of flour to the remaining butter and meat drippings. If most of the butter has cooked away prior, you can add a couple of extra tablespoons of butter.
    Flour in a cast iron pan
  • Stir with a fork or whisk until all of the flour absorbs the butter mixture.
    Homemade gravy starting to cook in a pan
  • Then add 2 cups of milk and continue stirring until it starts to simmer and thicken. If it's too thick add more milk or if you like the consistency remove it from the heat.
    Homemade gravy in a pan
  • Then serve the fried deer meat topped with gravy!
    Fried venison topped with gravy
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