Over 65 of the best wild game recipes from fish to venison. Delicious recipes for 19 different kinds of wild game like trout, walleye, pheasant, duck, rabbit, boar, goat, deer, elk, moose, and more! If you're an avid hunter or know someone who is, you'll find the perfect, flavorful wild game recipe for your harvest here.
With different flavor profiles and cooking techniques, there is lots to choose from. Pick a recipe to use your smoker, dehydrator, slow cooker, oven or frying pan. Or pick a recipe based on the flavors of Italy, Mexico, South East Asia or America.
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A little aluminum foil, olive oil, salt and black pepper might be all you need to cook up a fresh trout at camp, but once you're home, try one of these tasty recipes with lots of great flavors.
Fun to fish for but less common at the dinner table, this tasty chowder recipe makes ho-hum fish into a delicious dinner.
Walley is a tasty and very healthy fish to enjoy. A member of the perch family, walleye takes well to many styles of cooking and is a family favorite in this crispy fried recipe.
A tasty, firm whitefish, catfish is delicious in many recipes. Try the ideas below or use it in any recipe that call for cod.
Mountain whitefish is freshwater member of the salmonid family. It is tasty and mild but very bony. It takes well to smoking or being cut in small chunks and simmered in curry.
If you're a sporting chef, try one of these delicious and innovative recipes. With ingredients like wild mushrooms, port, curry and apples, you'll want to get your bag limit every time!
From the luxury of duck breast meat to slow cooked rillettes and ground duck burgers, there are so many ways to enjoy this wild game meat. Note that some recipes may use farmed duck which tends to be fattier, so you may need to add fat or reduce cooking time to keep the leaner wild duck moist.
After a long day outdoors, the savory flavors of stew is welcome comfort. This makes a large stew and uses up lots of wild grouse meat at once. Also a great recipe to make ahead and keep in the freezer.
This tasty game bird goes by many names. Pigeon and dove tend to be the names for the wild birds while farms usually call the birds squab. These make a show stopper main course with each diner getting a whole pigeon on their plate. A great game meat for date night or make a whole pan of them to impress a crowd!
While sometimes quite strongly flavored, try this goose jerky for a goose recipe that tastes great.
One of the smaller game meats, rabbits have tender meat and a mild flavor. Rabbit meat is probably one of the most versatile game meats and works well in many recipes that call for chicken.
If you've been hunting in the mountains, you may score a goat! While not as commonly eaten in North America, it is very popular throughout the rest of the world. Goat is excellent in curries and is a great meat to cook in a slow cooker or pressure cooker to tenderize it.
Wild boar has rich flavor and is great in slow cooked braises and stew. Try it in an earthy mushroom stew or in Italian seasoned tomato sauce in a ragu over pasta.
Only found in a few areas, pronghorn is a tasty game meat that can be used in many venison recipes. These pronghorn gyros stuffed with veggies and tsatsiki are a great way to enjoy this lean and delicious game.
Elk meat is my personal favorite of the large game meats. Mild tasting and so versatile, different cuts make lots of recipes. Like venison, you can have it butchered into ground meat, steaks, backstrap, stew meat, roasts, ribs and more. Chili makes a great weeknight meal, burgers are perfect for game night, elk steaks and backstrap make a weekend treat.
Deer meat, most commonly known as venison is a delicious and versatile game meat that can be made into almost anything ground beef can be, but it's so much healthier. Venison is leaner than farmed meats so try not to overcook it as it can get dry easily. A meat thermometer works really well to keep venison meat moist. Generally aim for between 130'F-145'F depending if you want it medium rare to medium well and if you are cooking tenderloin or backstraps, you can go as low as 120'F-130'F.
This lean and hearty red meat game is versatile and delcious. Meatballs and short ribs are easy recipes that everyone loves. Larger cuts like steaks and bite-sized cubes for stew are easy and delicious too.
Moose can be cooked up in the same ways as venison and elk. With a lovely mild flavor, similar to beef, moose is a really tasty game meat. And is there anything cooler than making moose burgers for dinner?! Yum!
Bear meat is less common and a little stronger tasting, but also very versatile. With many different cuts, you can make your favorites from ground meat, stew meat, jerky, steaks and roasts.
Large Game Meat Recipes
Use any of your favorite large game meats for these last recipes.
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More Great Recipes To Try With Wild Game
These recipes are great for subbing in your fresh game meat.
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