This elk steak is good cooked on the stove, in the oven or on the barbecue, though the instructions are for the stove top. The flavors of the marinade are allowed to soak deeply into the meat, not only adding to the taste and bringing out the full flavor of the elk meat, but also helping to tenderize the elk steak at the same time. The delicious result almost falls apart in your mouth.
Marinated elk steak extraordinaire is a family favorite and it is so good that the same recipe has been used successfully with beef round steak, venison and buffalo. It should be noted that because of the amount of time the meat should be in the marinade, this isn’t considered to be a quick recipe, though the steps are simple. The meat should be allowed to soak in the sauce at least overnight and it is even better if it can marinate for 24 hours prior to cooking.
Ingredients for the Elk Steak (serves 4):
- 4 medium or 8 small steaks, an inch thick
- 1 cup flour
- 4 tablespoons olive oil for frying
- 2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 bell peppers, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
Instructions for Marinated Elk Steak:
1. Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade. Place the steaks into a bowl and pour the marinade over the top of the elk steak, refrigerating overnight. The longer the elk steaks soak, the more flavorful they usually are. The meat should also be turned occasionally so the marinade has a chance to reach all of the meat.
2. After soaking, remove the elk steak from the bowl and allow it to drain for a few minutes. Roll the steaks in flour and fry them in the olive oil over medium heat, turning occasionally, until the juices are no longer pink. This usually takes between a half hour and an hour.
Suggestions for Serving the Marinated Elk Steaks:
These elk steaks are extremely good when served with baked potatoes and are naturally accented with a crisp, green salad. Some of the marinade can be served on the side to dip the meat in during the meal and ground horseradish can also be served on the side.
Thicker steaks can also be used, though it may take longer for them to soak in order for the flavors to seep all the way through the elk steaks.
This is a healthy meal and if you are worried about calories, try serving it with cottage cheese and peach halves. These elk steaks go well with most fruit desserts, too.
This is a fantastic way to serve elk steak and the vinegar helps the marinade to soak into the meat while also tenderizing it. Marinated elk steak extraordinaire is a winner that even works with other kinds of meat, even though this recipe was specifically designed for elk steak. Give it a try and see what you think.