30 Irresistible Elk Steak Recipes for Our Foodies

Elk Steak Recipes

All food lovers will relate to this, or it could be just me, that I crave meat only when it is tender and easy to cook. Lately, my cravings easily satiate with a tender and juicy Elk steak recipe, and what I love about it is that my kids love it more. And what better than low-fat meat that tastes a lot like beef and is slightly sweet? 

Now the only thing I wish for is that it should become easily available in the market, given its fan base. For my endless love for Elk steak and my kids, I find it necessary to share the best 30 recipes that can make your elk steak meal a success.  

Even if you think of having your friends over, just think of these super fun and therapeutic recipes that will surely land you unstoppable appraisals. Let’s dive into the 30 super-hit, tried, and tested elk steak recipes that can surely make your day!

1. Butter-Basted Elk Steak

Okay, so this is something that has been my favorite for ages, and I would love to take this chance to share this recipe. 

To start off with this recipe, make sure you always choose the best quality butter. Personally, I believe good quality, tasty butter gives a rich and comforting taste.

If you like a tender bite, this recipe is for you. Make sure you double-cook the steak. First, cook it on high flame to give a crusty outer texture, and then cook it on low heat to cook it from within. You’ll be surprised how this technique can give you amazingly juicy elk steak.  

2. Bacon-Wrapped Elk Steaks

Are you ready to craft a divine marinade with wine, soy sauce, honey, garlic, pepper, rosemary, and red pepper flakes? Trust me; you are going to fall in love with this one. 

If you love bacon and elk steak together, you are going to drool halfway through the recipe. Since the elk steak is naturally tender and rich in taste, it magically merges with bacon. 

Keep in mind that you choose good bacon and half-cook it before. This will keep it from overcooking or getting burnt. I know how hard it can be to cook bacon to the perfect doneness. So, take this tip here. 

This recipe is all about good marination. So, you should give adequate time for the steak to sit in marination so that it absorbs all the required flavors. 

3. Grilled Elk Steak Fajitas

Honestly, I would give anything for a meal like this one. Just try the recipe, and you’ll say it too. 

This recipe is not just for you but for every guest that wants you to cook. Elk steak fajitas are so wholesome that they quench your hunger easily. 

I have obsessed with this recipe for so long that it has kind of become a part of our meals every now and then. However, here is a little tip, marinating the steak the right way is your secret. The better the marination is, the more flavorful the dish becomes. 

Just follow the recipe, and Voila, you are done!

4. Chicken Fried Elk Steak

Guys, this is the best elk steak recipe for your ultimate comfort. Try it once, and I promise you’ll never stop eating it. 

Most people confuse the deep taste of elk steak and do not combine chicken with it. Trust me; it is one amazing combination that you should definitely try. Just look for the fresh chicken and elk steak, and half your job is done. 

When I first tried this recipe, I was so rigid with the written recipe that I did not change a single ingredient. That is when I realized that I should have. Everyone has a different taste and will not necessarily impress you. 

When you start with the recipe, be sure to bring in your creative side. Just listen to your tastebuds and add whatever seasoning you wish. Tender the steak for a soft and juicy inside. You also have an option of either leaving it tender on the outside or cooking it until crunchy. 

Cook it as you like, and enjoy!

5. Sous Vide Elk Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Mash

So, prepare yourself for this one. My husband loves this, and he just doesn’t stop. Let me know if your loved ones also get mad over this recipe. 

This recipe is as versatile as you want it to be. Don’t you like traditional potato mash flavor? Well, change it now. Are you bored of the same marination? Give it a twist of your choice. Whatever you like, this recipe handles it with grace. 

Sous vide elk tenderloin with sweet potato mash is so comforting that it can be your staple food for some time. The first time I tried this, I instantly fell for its homely taste. 

Let me give you a little tip takeaway; you should use seal bags while marinating so that it gets more aromatic and flavorful. 

6. Dry-Rubbed Smoked Elk Tenderloin

This one is going to be your favorite, I promise. Just take a look, make it, and see for yourself. This recipe is too good not to try at least once!

Now, everyone loves a richly flavored dish. The best thing about this marination is that you can add as many flavors as you wish. 

This dry-rubbed smoked elk tenderloin is one of the best recipes that justifies the versatility of elk steak. It gets better if you infuse it with the right type of wood when you smoke it. Apple and oak wood pair well with elk meat.

7. Whiskey & Brown Sugar Elk Steak Marinade

So all the whisky lovers, I have a recipe for you. This might be a bit strange for some, but honestly, you’ll love it to the end. Try this one. 

First and most importantly, look for the best whisky. Since your recipe involves the major taste of whisky, which is already pungent and a bit bitter, make sure you choose the perfect whisky. 

For the same reason, make sure you have a good and flavorful marinade prepared and give ample time for the steak to absorb the flavors. This will balance the flavor of the whiskey. 

8. Elk Skirt Steak Tacos With Tomatillo Avocado Sauce

Avocado is my favorite, and its benefits are to die for. I thought, why not add it to my meals? So, here is my favorite dish for you to try once. 

The elk skirt steak is already a flavorful meat that you can easily enhance with a nice mix of marinade for enough time. 

One of my best addition to this recipe is to char the tomatillo before using them. This gives a better flavor to the sauce. When I first did it, it changed the whole game for me. 

Just play with garnishing, and Woah!

Bon appetite!

9. Elk Stroganoff

Elk stroganoff has been your to-be favorite dish for a long time, I promise. It’s so easy that you’ll be regular with this one for sure. 

Usually, the elk meat is a bit tender as compared to the natural meat used in making elk stroganoff. So, I’ll suggest tenderizing the elk steak first and then putting it to use.

 You can always throw in some mushrooms for a rich taste of earthiness in the dish. Now you ask yourself, what is better than elk stroganoff with a hint of earthiness to soothe your evenings with your loved ones? 

10. Elk Carne Asada

This dish is so delicious that I cook this every time I need comfort in food. Try it out.

Now, here is a question of personal liking. When I first made this dish, I totally followed what my kids would like. But here is a tip, whenever you are alone and make this, please prepare a citrusy marinade and see what magic it creates. 

Citrus infusion in the dish makes the elk meat tender and juicy. While you can also experiment with the spices and their levels, you always have the option to go for decent and subtle flavors. 

Also, here is a little suggestion, grill your elk carne asada on an open flame. 

11. Elk Steak Gochujang Noodles

Oh my god, did you try this recipe? Noodles are my children’s favorite, and I love making this dish for them.

I’ll let you in on a secret. I made a huge mistake when I first tried it. The gochujang elk noodles should be literally dipped in the gochujang. And I mistakenly cooked the elk steak separately. 

Let me save you from making this blunder. Always and always marinate your elk steak in gochujang before cooking it. You’ll thank me!

Since a dish should look appetizing to be a success, make sure you garnish it well and use a lot of colorful vegetables to add nutrition and appeal to it. 

Serve the noodles hot and top them with green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

12. Elk Steak Medallions With Blackberry Red Wine Sauce

Red wine sauce will soon become your favorite. This dish is so savory that every time I make this for my friends, I end up narrating the recipe throughout the night, cause people just won’t stop asking about it!

Just trust me on this, give your all to the blackberry red wine sauce, and your dish will be a success. The sauce is the highlight of the dish, as it gives a tangy and sweet flavor to it. Just do it right. 

Now, as I reckon, the elk meat is a bit tender, which gives you a chance to infuse as many juicy flavors in it as you wish. Make sure you tenderize the elk steak before cooking. 

Serve the elk medallions with blackberry balsamic sauce, and savor the flavors!

13. Elk Sirloin Steak And Potato Foil Packs

This one is so delicious that our family gatherings are incomplete without this scrumptious recipe. Cook it and enjoy it with your family. 

Potato is the king of vegetables. It is so versatile that it goes with just everything. Just like any other home, potato is the hero at my home too. I thought, why not combine the two best ingredients to make a dish? Now here is what I did while making the dish.

I took some good time to marinate the elk steak so that it absorbed all the juices and flavors nicely. And that was the best decision I made. 

Next, I thoughtfully layered the ingredients while keeping them in the foil. This might seem avoidable but do not. You’ll get to know why when you taste it.  

14. Elk Steak Au Poivre

Elk steak Au Poivre is one of my best recipes so far. As much as I enjoy eating it, I love cooking it. 

The perfection of this dish comes from choosing the right peppercorns. Initially, I did not know how important this could be, but eventually, I got along. 

Also, if you preheat the pan, you’ll see that the elk steak is nicely cooked in the given time. I wish I had known all this before, but, anyways. 

Before you serve the dish, make sure you deglaze it to serve the flavors on the plate.

15. Elk Wellington

Try Elk Wellington, and you’ll never forget its taste. My kids are mad over this recipe which gives me all the more reason to make it.  

So, when I make it, I specifically choose lean cut because it helps the elk to cook well and retain the juices for a flavorful bite. 

I always try to use mushroom duxelles in the dish to make the pastry crust crispy and tasty. We may ignore it, but the use of raw mushrooms will mean that the juices will make the pastry soggy. You must remember that the texture is the real player of any Wellington.

Also, here is a tip. Elk is lean meat, so it cooks pretty easily, while Wellington takes time. So, to not over or under-cook either one of them, make sure you par-cook the elk.  

16. Elk Steak Roulade With Artichoke Hearts

Are you ready to spare some time for this recipe? Well, it is worth it, so make time. 

Depending on what texture and thickness of the elk you like, decide whether to cook the elk as it is or flatten it beforehand. I personally prefer flattening it a bit so that it cooks and tastes better. 

For an extra layer of flavor, consider searing before cooking. Try this, and you’ll never cook it simply. 

If you can, fill the roulades with the artichoke hearts. This will keep the roulades moist from within, which enhances the taste. 

17. Grilled Red Wine And Garlic Elk Steak

I absolutely loved creating this recipe! And why not. Elk meat is so nutritious and full of protein. Also, it has low carbs, which is always a big plus. 

While cooking this dish, choosing the right cut can play a big role. 

Along with the cut, grilling it in a balanced way also plays a crucial role in its taste and preparation.  

All these tiny details and changes in your cooking style can decide what the outcome will be. So, be thoughtful while choosing the cooking technique and duration of the steak.

18. Succulent Elk Roulade With Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce

Succulent elk roulade is actually very succulent. Once you dig in, there is no going back. 

I was honestly not very confident with the preparation of this dish, but when I tasted it, I couldn’t stop. 

Also, did you know elk meat is a good source of essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins? Well, this nutritious nature of the elk meat makes me all the more crazy for this dish. 

Let me give you a little suggestion. While you make this dish, make sure you pound the elk medallions nicely. Rest, just add nice flavors, and it’s ready!

19. Grilled Lemon-Garlic Elk Steaks

Who doesn’t love them, some extra lemon and garlic combo? I sure do! This recipe is one of my favorites because of its flavor and, of course, garlic. 

I am literally so excited to share this with you. Just when you prepare the marinade, add the lemon zest to the marination. It will not only make it aromatic but also give a better texture and flavor. 

When I thought this trick would do wonders, my friend suggested grilling it over a bed of herbs, and Oh my god, it was the best she could ever do to me. 

Just make sure you follow these two tricks, and your dish will be the finest of your creations. 

20. Elk Steak With Chipotle Compound Butter

Steak and butter? Aargh! I love it. Chipotle pepper, steak, and butter are my favorite combo, and I am so happy I tried this recipe. 

Initially, I opted for the simple cooking method like everyone. Then, one day I generally decided to try the reverse sear cooking method. Trust me; it’ll change the game. 

Also, I mistakenly let the steak sit in the marinade for longer than usual. And guess what? This is exactly what I am going to do every time.

Just try these tips, and you’ll have fun eating. 

21. Reverse Seared Elk Roast

Reverse-seared elk roast is so much fun to cook. Just keep your eyes open, and don’t let it burn (saying from experience).

The reverse seared roast technique is practically so nice that whenever I want some food for the soul, I try to cook this recipe. 

I always finish the recipe with a high-heat sear. And honestly, it works for me. Depending on the preference and results you get, even you can try this. 

22. Peppercorn Crusted Elk Tenderloin

Is peppercorns your favorite too? Just a confession. I love this recipe so much that I can have this every day. You, too, try it. 

But first, roast and crush the peppercorns on medium heat. This cooks the peppercorns, brings out its aroma, and gives a pleasant taste to the dish. I believe if you add an ingredient, it should justify its presence. 

You can always press or flatten the elk and season it before cooking. It works almost the same as marination but seeps some natural flavors into it. 

Try and enjoy!

23. Pan-Seared Elk Steak Recipe With Sauteed Mushrooms & Garlic

Mushrooms, elk steak, and garlic. Is there a better combo? Well, I don’t think so. This dish is so delicious that you’ll crave it after your last bite. 

Now, before throwing the garlic and mushrooms in the same saute pan, just wait. Let me take you on in my little secret. To ensure that the mushrooms and garlic are cooked to perfection and retain their original flavors, cook them in separate pans. 

What also works for me is that I give some extra time to the elk steaks to sit and rest. This gives it a nice and tender texture after cooking. 

24. Garlic Butter Steak And Potatoes Skillet

 How much garlic is too much garlic? By now, you must have understood that garlic is my main ingredient in almost all recipes. I can’t deny my love for it. I hope you are a garlic lover, too, because this recipe is mouthwatering!

This recipe is all about the right doneness of the potatoes and the steak. Since my kids prefer potatoes to be golden brown and a little crispy on the outside, I let them get crispy. 

Also, add some extra herbs and seasoning for some extra flavor. Potatoes are the balance to the elk steak, and both of them need a good rush of flavors. 

25. Chimichurri Elk Steaks

Get ready for yet another elk steak dish that will blow your mind and, of course, your taste buds. The preparation of this dish is so easy, and the taste is to hold your day. 

In case no one has told you yet, chimichurri sauce is the hero of this dish. So, to get a better flavor, marinate your elk steaks in the chimichurri sauce. 

To enhance the taste of the dish, you can simply use citrus juices in the source. Citrus and chimichurri sauces go well together, so why not?

Enjoy the flavorful elk steaks with the delicious chimichurri topping.

26. Grilled Elk Steaks With Caramelized Onion Bacon Bourbon Jam

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my finest elk steak recipes. I promise you’ll like this one. 

I always start with the onion jam as it takes longer. 

Bacon and onion are always good as crispy. So, let them get crispy while preparing the dish. 

Just to help you with it, you should cook the jam until it turns mahogany. Remember this, and it’ll become easy for you to understand.  

Try this irresistible combination.

27. Coffee-Rubbed Elk Tri-Tip

Coffee and elk steak? Am I mad? Lol no! I love experimenting with new recipes, and this one turned out to be so amazing that I had to include it in my best recipes list. 

Let me tell you this in advance if you don’t have good coffee beans at home, run and bring them. Don’t make the mistakes I made. 

The better the coffee beans, the better the aroma and flavor. So, when you rub the mixture along with complementary spices, let it sit on the steak so that it seeps in nicely. 

Slice it against the grain and savor the deliciousness.

28. Smoked Elk Steaks with Caramelized Onions

Smoky flavor with caramelized onions has to be your favorite. Honestly, this is what I love the most. Two flavors come along to give an unforgettable taste. Try this one. 

The smoked elk steaks and caramelized onions are a killer combination. This recipe already includes so many flavors that over-flavoring it might not work. 

Just keep it simple and enjoy it with your friends and family. 

29. Spicy Tequila Elk Steak Fajitas

Keep your kids away from this one. Although it is nothing like its name, let this be for your Friday nights with your friends. And trust me, they will love it!

To add better flavors to the elk steak, consider infusing tequila in the elk steak. 

Not just this, char your tortillas for the best experience. This adds texture and presentation to the dish, and trusts me; you will surely find these helpful.  

Savor the delightful flavors of your very own Spicy Tequila Elk Steak Fajitas Recipe!

30. Peppered Elk Steak With Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Gorgonzola cream source has to be your favorite. This recipe has millions of lovers, and you should definitely try this one. 

Gorgonzola sauce should be tangy, and that makes it the best choice. Combined with cheese, it gives a creamy and cheesy texture that wins the heart.

Season generously with salt and pepper. Rest the steaks. Slice steaks diagonally and serve with the creamy sauce. 

Enjoy the succulent elk steak with rich Gorgonzola cream.

elk steak marinade

Elk Steak Marinade

This is the best time-saving recipe. Just prepare the marinade, and you are good to go.
Plus, if you’re pressed for time, prepare the marinade ahead and savor a quick and satisfying meal by grilling the elk steak to perfection.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 259 kcal


  • Bowl for mixing the marinade
  • Zip-top bag or shallow dish for marinating the elk steaks
  • Grill, stovetop pan, or oven for cooking the elk steaks
  • Tongs or spatula for handling the steaks


  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Optional: herbs and spices of your choice


  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, black pepper, and any additional herbs or spices.
  • Place the elk steaks in a zip-top bag or a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Ensure that the steaks are well-coated with the marinade.
  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
  • When ready to cook, remove the elk steaks from the marinade and discard the excess marinade.
  • Preheat your grill, stovetop pan, or oven to the desired temperature for cooking elk steaks.
  • Cook the elk steaks according to your preferred method, whether it’s grilling, pan-searing, or baking. Refer to specific elk steak recipes or cooking guidelines for recommended cooking times and temperatures.
  • Allow the elk steaks to rest for a few minutes before serving to ensure the juices redistribute and the meat remains tender.


Additional Nutritional Value:
Fat: 13g | Carbohydrate: 3g | Protein: 33g
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