Savory Venison Steaks Recipe with Rich Gravy

As a culinary explorer, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes to try. And boy, did I hit the jackpot when I came across Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe! This recipe is a game-changer, pun intended.

If you’re like me and enjoy experimenting with wild game cuisine or have some venison steaks from hunting season that you’re not quite sure what to do with, this recipe absolutely needs to be in your repertoire. Trust me; it’s easily made with everyday ingredients and is simply delicious.

And if you’re someone who has never had the pleasure of trying venison before, this recipe is an excellent introduction. The simple preparation of the venison steaks accompanied by a rich and savory gravy is the best way to appreciate the unique flavor of this meat.

So, whether you’re a seasoned wild game chef or a curious beginner, Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe is sure to impress. Get ready to indulge in some tender and juicy venison steaks coated in a mouthwatering gravy made from fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms, onions, and white wine – food heaven awaits!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Drew's Venison Steaks and Gravy
Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy

Listen up, my fellow culinary adventurers! If you’re looking for the most mouth-watering, protein-rich venison steak recipe, then look no further than Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe. Trust me when I say that once you’ve tried this recipe, your taste buds won’t let you rest until you’ve had it again!

But why should you love this recipe? Well, first of all, it’s perfect for those who want to explore game cuisine without the complexity or hassle of a difficult recipe. With simple ingredients that you can find easily in your local grocery store, this recipe is quick and easy to make at home. Plus, it can be adjusted easily to any level of heat or flavor preferences – whether you’re looking for a hearty and spicy Tex-Mex meal or something with a milder touch.

And let’s talk about the star of the show here: venison steaks. Not only is it a healthier alternative to beef, but it’s also packed full of nutrients and flavor. By following our instructions on how to cook venison steaks perfectly, you’ll be left with a tender, juicy meat that melts in your mouth with every bite.

But we don’t stop there! Adding our delicious mushroom gravy brings this dish to another level entirely. Generously douse each steak with our Drew Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe, made with both fresh and dried mushrooms cooked in white wine and water. The result? An explosion of flavors that perfectly complements the gamey taste of the venison.

Overall, our Drew Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe is an absolute must-try for anyone who appreciates a good meal. Whether you’re looking for a simple but delicious weeknight dinner or hoping to impress your guests with an elegant game cuisine dish, this recipe should not be missed.

Ingredient List

 Golden-brown venison steaks ready to be smothered in delicious gravy
Golden-brown venison steaks ready to be smothered in delicious gravy

Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll need to create this mouth-watering Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe:

For the Venison Steaks:
– 1-2 pounds of venison steaks
– 1 packet of onion soup mix
– 1 teaspoon of homemade garlic powder

For the Steak Gravy:
– 2 cups of water
– 1/2 cup of white wine
– 1/2 cup of fresh mushrooms, sliced
– 1/4 cup of dried mushrooms, soaked
– 1/2 onion, chopped
– 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

The Recipe How-To

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

To start off with Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe, gather all your ingredients needed. Make sure you have venison steaks, fresh mushrooms, and dried mushrooms. Also grab some onions, white wine, and of course, water.

Step 2: Brown the Steaks

Preheat your skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to generously coat the bottom of the skillet. Once heated up, add 1 lb venison steaks to the hot skillet and let both sides brown nicely. This should take about two minutes for each side. Once done, remove from skillet and set aside.

Step 3: Prep Your Mushrooms

Next up in line are your fresh mushrooms and dried mushrooms. A good rule of thumb is to check for any grit or dirt on fresh mushrooms using a damp paper towel or cloth. Don’t wash them with water since they will become unpleasant. For the dried mushrooms, soak them into hot water for about 15-20 minutes then drain what you won’t use.

Step 4: Sauté Onion and Mushrooms

Using the same skillet that you used for the venison steaks, sauté chopped onion with sliced fresh mushrooms until everything is properly cooked before adding grated garlic to taste. Add in your rehydrated dried mushrooms with this mixture.

Step 5: Make the Gravy

Now we get onto making the gravy for your venison steaks! Add about half a cup of white wine to deglaze your skillet. Wait until it reduces by half then add around 2 cups of water, making sure that all bits are scraped off from the bottom of the pan so that you achieve that rich flavorful gravy wild game cuisine is known for. Add in some seasonings like salt, pepper, or even a homemade powder type like Tex-Mex if desired.

Step 6: Thicken Your Gravy

Next up in line is thickening your gravy but first make a slurry of cornstarch and water to ensure it thickens evenly without any lumps. Mix about a tablespoon or two of cornstarch with cold water to create your slurry before adding it into your pot with the gravy mixture until it reaches that perfect consistency!

Step 7: Simmer and Serve!

Return your browned venison steaks back into the pan before simmering until they’re cooked through alongside the gravy filled with all these delicious ingredients! Plate up your simple Venison Steaks Gravy recipe alongside some mashed potatoes or other sides and enjoy every mouthful.

Substitutions and Variations

 Enjoy a mouth-watering meal with Drew's venison steaks and gravy
Enjoy a mouth-watering meal with Drew’s venison steaks and gravy

When it comes to cooking, I believe that experimentation and creativity are key. Don’t be afraid to switch things up and try new variations of recipes! Here are some substitution and variation ideas for Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy recipe that will elevate your dish even further.

– If you can’t find venison steaks, feel free to substitute them with elk or deer steaks.

– For a Tex-Mex twist, add some chili powder or cumin to the gravy.

– If you want to make this dish more comforting and classic, serve it with mashed potatoes instead of biscuits.

– You can also use ground venison burger to make Salisbury steak instead of venison steaks.

– To make country fried venison, use cubed steak and dredge it in flour before frying.

– Want to switch up the gravy? Use both fresh and dried mushrooms for added depth of flavor. You can also add sliced onions, or substitute white wine for red wine for a subtle difference.

– If you’re looking for a lower-carb alternative, use cornstarch instead of flour as a thickener. Remember to mix the cornstarch with cold water before adding it to the gravy.

Remember that these substitutions and variations are just suggestions – don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with your own twists on this simple venison steak gravy recipe. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfectly cooked venison steaks and gravy, a match made in culinary heaven
Perfectly cooked venison steaks and gravy, a match made in culinary heaven

When it comes to serving and pairing Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe, you can’t go wrong with classic comfort foods. Mashed potatoes, biscuits or even a side of green beans – these are the perfect accompaniments to the rich, hearty flavors of the venison steak and gravy.

If you’re feeling Tex-Mex inspired, why not try a side of rice and beans with a dollop of guacamole? Adding a pop of fresh lime can really brighten up the dish and give it a zesty edge. This recipe also pairs beautifully with some sautéed fresh mushrooms or roasted veggies like carrots, potatoes or asparagus.

For those with a sweet tooth, consider pairing this savory meal with something sweet like maple-glazed carrots, candied yams or even a fruit salad. The sweetness will complement the richness of the dish in a pleasantly surprising way.

And let’s not forget about drinks! A full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah really accentuates the wild game flavors in this dish. For non-alcoholic options, try sweet tea, iced coffee or iced water infused with lemon for that refreshing palate cleanser.

However you choose to serve or pair this delicious meal, one thing is for sure: it will be delectable!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Rich and flavorful gravy enhances the natural taste of venison steaks
Rich and flavorful gravy enhances the natural taste of venison steaks

As much as we love to savor the flavors of Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe immediately after cooking, sometimes we just don’t have the time. The good news? This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and reheating for a quick and easy meal on a busy day.

To make-ahead, cook the venison steaks according to the recipe instructions, let cool, and then transfer them with the gravy to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, simply reheat in the oven or on the stovetop until heated through.

When reheating in the oven, preheat it to 350℉ (175℃) and arrange the venison steaks with gravy in an oven-safe dish. Cover with foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. To reheat on the stove top, add a splash of water or broth in the pan with the venison steaks and gravy and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

For best results when reheating, add a splash of water or broth as needed to keep your dish from drying out too much. When stored properly, this dish is perfect for those hectic weeknights when dinner needs to be served quickly and without fuss.

So don’t hesitate to make a big batch of Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe ahead of time. You’ll be grateful for having it on hand when hunger strikes!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A rustic meal that is sure to impress your friends and family
A rustic meal that is sure to impress your friends and family

As someone who has cooked venison steaks multiple times, I have some tips for ensuring that you achieve the perfect results with this dish.

Tip #1: Cook Venison Steaks Swiftly

Venison is a lean meat that cooks faster than beef. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on the cooking time and to remove the steaks from the heat as soon as they are done. Overcooking the venison steaks can result in dry and tough meat.

Tip #2: Allow Venison Steaks to Rest Before Serving

After cooking your venison steaks, allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute within the steak and creates a more flavorful bite.

Tip #3: Brown Gravy Made Wild

For a richer and more complex flavor for your steak gravy, try using a combination of fresh and dried mushrooms instead of just one type. You can also add some white wine to your brown gravy base for extra depth.

Tip #4: Experiment With Substitutions

Don’t be afraid to switch up the ingredients in the recipe based on what you have available or what suits your taste buds. For example, you can use different types of wild game meat such as elk or deer steak instead of venison steak.

By following these tips and incorporating some creativity into your cooking, you’re sure to make this simple venison steak and gravy recipe absolutely delicious easily made with everyday ingredients.


Alright, folks. We’ve made it to the FAQ section. You may have questions, you may have doubts, and you may even have some complaints, but fear not because I’m here to help. In this section, I’ll be answering some of the most common questions about Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe. So sit tight and let’s clear some things up.

What’s the best way to cook venison steaks?

To start, make sure you have a large, heavy frying pan over high heat. Once hot enough, carefully place the fillet in the pan. Allow the fillet to cook until the outside is a deep golden-brown color. This should take roughly two minutes. Afterwards, adjust the stove’s heat to low and continue frying the fillet, occasionally moving it around to avoid sticking. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until it meets your personal preference.

How do you cook venison so it’s tender?

As a culinary explorer, I have discovered that the most effective method for ensuring a succulent venison roast (with or without the bone) is to utilize a crockpot or a slow cooker on the low setting for 8-9 hours. This process will result in a melt-in-your-mouth texture without drying out the meat. It is important to keep in mind that I do not suggest cooking this particular dish on high for a shorter period of 4-6 hours.

What spices go well with venison?

The ingredients for this recipe include a variety of fruits such as quince, cherries, prunes, blackberries, and apples. Along with these, we will be using a selection of herbs including thyme, rosemary, bay, and sage. For added flavor, we’ll be incorporating some aromatic spices including star anise, allspice, black pepper, cloves, and juniper. To add some richness and depth, red wine such as Grenache or Zinfandel, cider, and ale will be added. Additionally, chestnuts, celeriac, red cabbage, chocolate, and mushroom will be part of this dish.

Should I soak venison cube steak before cooking?

If you happen to have some leftover mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn in your fridge, and are wondering how to use them up, I have the perfect recipe for you. It involves venison that has been soaked in buttermilk overnight, or for at least an hour, which has been known to make the meat even more tender and eliminate any gaminess. This recipe is an excellent choice to serve up after the holidays when you’re looking for a comforting meal that uses up those leftovers.

Bottom Line

in the style of Stephen King:

In conclusion, my Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe is the perfect way to unleash your inner culinary explorer. With simple everyday ingredients, you can make a meal that is absolutely delicious and easy to prepare. The recipe serves as a wonderful introduction to wild game cuisine, and it’s versatile enough to allow for substitutions and variations.

I encourage you to try this recipe if you’re looking for a new way to cook venison steaks or simply looking for a tasty meal idea. I guarantee that this recipe will become a staple in your recipe collection.

As you prepare this dish, keep in mind the importance of reducing heat and allowing the venison steaks to cook slowly. This will ensure that they are tender and juicy.

And let me remind you, cooking is not just about following directions, it’s about exploring new ingredients, trying different techniques, and taking risks in the kitchen. So get out there and experiment with your own twists on this recipe!

In times like these where we all face challenges such as COVID-19, let’s all take some small moments to try something new like this Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe together with our loved ones as we wait for our turn for the vaccine – for sure we will create some fond memories that will last forever. Whether you’re staying at home or exploring the outdoors, this dish is perfect for a cozy night in or fueling up after an adventure.

So go ahead; whip up this dish, pair it with mashed potatoes or biscuits, and savor every bite. Try making similar dishes using elk or deer steak, mushroom gravy or tex mex-inspired flavors. Who knows what creativity might be hiding within you? You might just fall in love with wild game cuisine – just as I have.

Drew's Venison Steaks and Gravy

Drew’s Venison Steaks and Gravy Recipe

I've been making this comfort food forever, and it's DH's favorite. I especially like the creamy gravy over rice or mashed potatoes. If you want a stroganoff-like gravy, stir in 8 ounces of sour cream at the last minute, and serve over wide noodles!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 221.2 kcal


  • 1 lb cubed venison
  • 1 package dry lipton onion and mushroom soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • 1/2-1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine or 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced or diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained or 2 ounces dried mushrooms (optional)


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Spray cast iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat on high.
  • Cut cubed venison into serving-size pieces.
  • Brown venison on each side, about 1 minute.
  • In bowl, add 1/2 cup water, wine, bouillon and soup mix.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Add soup mixture to skillet, along with onions (and mushrooms if you decide to use them).
  • Cover skillet and lower heat to simmer.
  • Cook about 30-45 minutes (gravy will thicken).
  • Add a little more water if gravy gets too thick before meat is fork-tender.
  • GRAVY: When meat is very tender, mix cornstarch with water to make a slurry.
  • Pour slurry into hot liquids in skillet, stirring until gravy returns to a boil and is thickened.
  • Serve steaks with gravy over steamed rice or mashed potatoes.
  • FOR A STROGANOFF: Stir in 8 ounces sour cream, heat until warm but not boiling.
  • Serve over wide noodles.
  • Variations: Other seasonings you could add: 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, OR 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning.
  • If you like hot/spicy foods, add 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red peppers.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 298gCalories: 221.2kcalCarbohydrates: 14.2gProtein: 28.4gFat: 3.1gSaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 95.3mgSodium: 232.2mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Deer, Easy, Meat, Stove Top, Wild Game
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