Venison Tartare

Venison Tartare

Following a very successful November deer hunt my hunting partner and I were butchering his kill and brainstorming on different recipes.

“Have you ever eaten venison tartare?”

“Nope, I love tartare but have never tried that.”

“Should we give it a whirl.”

“Yes, yes we should.”


And so began the journey of developing an absolutely mind blowing venison (or elk) tartare recipe. We knew what flavor profile we wanted, it was simply some trial and error to achieve that profile. Simply put, not only is this tartare the best thing I have ever made, but it is also the best thing I have ever eaten.


Tartare ingredients:

  1. Tenderloin – remove all silverskin and dic into quarter inch pieces
  2. Dijon Mustard – 1 TBS
  3. Fresh Lemon – juice from ½ to full lemon (us the full lemon if a larger tenderloin)
  4. Fresh Chives – 1.5 TBS chopped
  5. Shallot – 2 TBS finely diced
  6. Capers – 2 tps
  7. Fresh Garlic – 2 cloves finely diced
  8. Fresh Parsley – 2 TBS chopped
  9. 1 egg yolk




  1. Partially freeze approximately 1.5 lbs of tenderloin.
  2. Clean ALL silverskin off of the meat and cut into approximately ¼ inch cubes.
    1. Set meat aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix all ingredients except the egg yolk.
  4. Add the diced tenderloin to the combined ingredients and gently combine.
  5. Let sit for 15-30 min.
  6. Pack mixture, tightly, into a small flat bottom steep sided bowl (custard bowl).
  7. Quickly flip the bowl onto a serving dish. Gently lift the bowl while allowing tartare to maintain the bowl shape.
  8. Gently place the egg yolk on top of tartare.
  9. Softly break the egg yolk over the tartare.
  10. Serve over a high-quality cracker (we prefer Carrs brand table water crackers).

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appreciation for the game and process from shot to the table. Recognizing there are many
avenues to learn how to hunt, there were few avenues to learn what to do so after the kill. THIS IS CUTRITE MOBILE. Combining education, communication, patience, our goal is to develop new and experienced hunters to be self-reliant once their animal is harvested. Empowering hunters through education from the field to the table. Be sure to check it out!

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