Crusted Venison

READY IN: 17mins
Recipe by lamarb

Probably the most unusual and flavorful steak you've had.

Top Review by KateL

Manly meal, rated 5 stars by DH, and 4 stars by me. This is a variation on classic pepper crusted filet mignon with a cognac or brandy sauce. The coffee-pepper mixture provided a surface barrier to keep the venison tenderloin moist but was not as intense as crushed peppercorn alone. The tamarind juice adds a slight fruity finish; I personally prefer brandy or cognac but DH was delighted. The cooking times were accurate; you do not want venison cooked past medium! So, if it were me, I would dispense with the tamarind juice and add brandy to the pan while the cooked meat was resting, reducing it to a glaze. Made for 2013 My Three Chefs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the coffee and ground pepper together on a saucer.
  2. Dredge the meat in the mixture on both sides.
  3. Sear the meat for about 4 minutes per side in an oiled skillet.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Add a small quantity of the salt and a splash of the juice to each bite. The combination of the salt and the citrus-sour of the tamarind, together with the coffee crust, makes a very flavorful dish.

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