These easy & healthy venison recipes will help you use up your deer meat. From easy ground meat recipes to gourmet ideas, you’ll find something here!
It can be really hard to find healthy venison recipes. What you’ll find is a lot of outdated dishes that seem to be fried, or covered with sauces to mask the flavor of deer meat.
But, what you’ll find is that with the right recipes, venison is really delicious and isn’t gamey at all. It’s also a great red meat to add to a healthy diet.
Why is venison healthy?
Did you know that venison packs, on average, a whopping 35 grams of protein per 4 oz serving with only 4 grams of fat and 180 calories? It’s also really high in iron, making it a great substitute to ground beef because it’s lower in fat and calories.
Another great thing about venison is that most people know where it’s coming from. If you have venison in your freezer, you or a family member or friend most likely sourced the grass-fed, free-range protein. No growth hormones, pesticides in feed – just food from the land. What could be better than that?
Now that we know venison is a great addition to a healthy diet, let’s find you some recipes.
The best healthy venison recipes
Here are a few of my favorite venison recipes that are great healthy meal ideas. I can’t wait to see which one is your favorite!
I love this recipe SOO much. Almond meal instead of bread crumbs & I use coconut sugar to sweeten the tomato glaze.
Grilled Venison Loin by Hank Shaw
Learn how to grill venison well so that it’s juicy and tender. Since it’s so lean, it’s the perfect healthy thing to make outdoors on the grill.
This recipe uses coconut milk and Greek yogurt instead of heavy and sour cream. Serve it over some butternut squash pasta for a gluten-free & veggie-packed meal!
Gluten-Free Venison Meatballs (aka the best venison meatballs ever)
Almond meal gets traded for breadcrumbs for these healthy little morsels! Serve them with zoodles for a great, healthy meal.
Garlic & Herb Venison Marinade Recipe – by MeatEater
I love simple marinades for large or tough cuts of venison. Everyone has garlic and herbs tucked in the fridge, so whip them out for this easy recipe.
I love these easy guys! An entire meal in a delicious and healthy pepper! So many veggies, and lean meat.
Keto Venison Chili – by Texas Granola Girl
Who doesn’t love chili? Try this keto-friendly version for a healthy option!
Sweet potato buns, fresh veggies and healthy “special sauce” will make you love healthy burger night.
Rost is typically a heavier meal, but with venison being so lean, it’s much lighter than beef. Serve it with plenty of vegetables for a balanced meal.
Juniper Spiced Venison and Greens – by MeatEater
Juniper and venison are a match made in heaven. Get some greens in your diet from this delicious recipe.
Venison Stir Fry – by Hank Shaw
I love stir fry for a healthy meal. You can customize and add a bunch of veggies!
Gluten-Free & Low Carb Venison Parmesean – by Texas Granola Girl
Lightened-up parmesan is the perfect healthier comfort food option. I can’t wait to try it with venison!