Dazzle your dinner guests by mastering the craft of pan-searing venison medallions. This delicate but flavorful dish is sure to impress and will leave your dinner party satisfied!

pan searing venison medallions in a cast iron skillet.

The minimal prep time required for making these juicy venison medallions ensures that you can enjoy a flavorful dinner without having to spend too much time and effort.

Venison medallions are an excellent choice for quick and easy weeknight dinners. I love to make these using the tenderloin, as it cooks quickly and results in juicy, tender bites of meat with every mouthful!

You are going to love this tender venison medallion recipe. Make it any night of the week, and your family will be sure to devour it!

What is a deer tenderloin?

The tenderloin is often mistaken for deer backstrap while, in fact, it is the smaller strip of meat that runs alongside the underneath of the backbone.

The backstrap, on the other hand, runs along the outside of the backbone and is quite a bit larger than the venison tenderloin.

Tenderloins and backstraps are the two most tender strips of meat found on a deer.

How to cook deer tenderloins?

Deer tenderloins can be cooked on the stovetop, in the oven, smoked or grilled.

It is difficult to cook a whole tenderloin on the stovetop without finishing it in the oven. However, I make an elk tenderloin on the stovetop, and it’s delicious! But to cook it much past rare will still require an oven.

One way to make a tenderloin completely on the stovetop is to use a cast iron skillet and cut the meat into 1/2″ to 3/4″ medallions, sort of like a beef filet mignon.

You have to be careful not to overcook the venison when pan-searing the meat. If the meat gets overcooked, it will dry out and be tough. Ugh.

What is a venison medallion?

A venison medallion is taken from the deer tenderloin, or backstrap, and is then cut into half-inch or three-quarter-inch medallions.

Some will use the hind legs and cut it into medallions; though it too is delicious, it is imperative not to overcook this meat.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Its easy, taking only a couple minutes out of our busy days to make a delicious meal.
  • One-dish recipe for easy cleanup for the win!
  • These tenderloin medallions are so tender when cooked right they practically melt in your mouth.

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Pan-seared venison medallion recipe

What you will need:

  • Venison Tenderloin
  • Cooking oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Check out the recipe card below for complete measurements.

How to cook venison medallions

  1. Set your meat out at least 15 minutes before cooking to come to room temperature.
  2. Bring a 10″ cast iron skillet with the cooking oil to medium-high heat.
  3. While the skillet is preheating, pat dry your tenderloin with a paper towel, then cut into medallions, 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
  4. Generously coat with salt and pepper before adding to the hot skillet.
  5. Sear for 2 minutes total, flipping once.
  6. Use an instant thermometer to check for desired doneness.
  7. Allow the meat to rest for several minutes before serving.

Serving suggestions

Pan-seared venison medallions make a great dinner any night of the week. Just add some green beans to the skillet with a little butter for a quick and easy venison side dish.

Venison tenderloin marinade

If you’re looking for a mouth-watering marinade, look no further! This simple and easy marinade can be whipped up with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Get ready for delicious flavor in every bite!

You will need the following:

  • 1/2 cup of worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper

Place 1-2 tenderloins, whole, in a gallon-sized plastic zippered bag.

Add the marinade ingredients.

Leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

Or try it with this balsamic vinegar marinade!

Tips

  • Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking.
  • Flip the medallions just once, if possible. The less you touch it, the better it will turn out.
  • Do not overcook!
  • A truly important step is patting dry the meat fully so it can develop a nice crust around the edges.

WHAT TEMPERATURE TO COOK VENISON?

Pan-sear tenderloins in a cast iron skillet to a minimum of 135°F for rare steaks. The umn recommends cooking venison steaks and roasts to a minimum of 145°F to kill any harmful bacteria.

Sliced deer backstraps with green beans on white plate.

How to get the gamey taste out of venison?

The gamey flavor of venison is determined mainly by how it’s cooked. For those new to eating venison, the distinct taste may initially be off-putting.

However, with proper preparation, the intensity of the “gamey” flavor can be reduced and become more enjoyable for a broader audience.

So if you are one of those that just can’t quite handle the taste of venison the way it was meant to be, try marinating it in buttermilk.

All kidding aside, soaking the tenderloins in milk or buttermilk in the fridge overnight will help draw out any blood in the meat as well as get rid of your gamey taste.

After it’s done soaking in the milk, rinse the meat and pat dry.

Your venison questions answered

Can you eat venison rare? You betcha! However, that doesn’t mean its going to be safe or that all harmful bacteria has been cooked out. As a result, the UME recommends cooking all venison, including medallions to 145°F

Can you fry deer tenderloins? Deer tenderloins are incredibly tasty fried. Pat them dry, run them through some flour, dip them in an egg mixture, back through the flour, and fry them in oil for a few minutes on each side.

How long do tenderloins take to cook? These thin-cut venison medallions only take 2 minutes to cook on the stove. You will want to use an instant thermometer to check for doneness.

Venison tenderloin, green beans and avocados on white plate.

Key Takeaways

It doesn’t take long to sear tenderloin medallions. Of course, everyone’s preference is different, so make sure you adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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pan searing venison medallions in a cast iron skillet.

Pan-Seared Venison Medallions

Laura Ascher
Venison medallions are a delightful treat that will surely bring you satisfaction. These morsels of venison tenderloin are cooked to perfection, just seared and ready to be enjoyed.
4.52 from 101 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 venison tenderloins 1 pound each
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup of worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place both tenderloins in a gallon-sized zippered bag.
  • Add the marinade ingredients (excluding the cooking oil)
  • Marinade for 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Set your meat out at least 15 minutes before cooking to come to room temperature.
  • Bring a 10″ cast iron skillet with the cooking oil to medium-high heat.
  • While the skillet is preheating, pat dry your tenderloin with a paper towel, then cut into medallions, 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
  • Generously coat with salt and pepper before adding to the hot skillet.
  • Sear for 2 minutes total, flipping once.
  • Use an instant thermometer to check for desired doneness.
  • Allow the meat to rest for several minutes before serving.

Notes

Cooking times and heat may need to be adjusted to prevent overcooking the meat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ozCalories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 3gFat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 1403mgSugar: 3g
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5 Comments

  1. I have only ever once had the opportunity to
    prepare Venison … on a Camp & Hunt with my elder Brother … source heat. FIRE.

    I am now at planning a informal catering
    and again have the opportunity.
    Please specify the interior temperature of
    Venison which will indicate “doneness”.

    ~ 160 degrees F ?

    (Also) as temp. = variables as to
    Rare, Mid-rare, Medium, & Well

    ….. or is this soft finely grained meat a cook apart from others in that it has but two
    temperatures – Raw -or- Done ?

    Thank you in advance
    Meat is in Marinade
    Can Not Wait to Imbibe

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