10 Best Venison Marinade Recipes

When it comes to venison, marinades can tenderize and add flavor to this gamey meat. From chili-spiked steaks to Szechuan deer, check out these new and unexpected recipe ideas for venison marinades and make tonight's dinner unforgettable.

South Dakota Venison Chislic

"My Mom used to make this a lot while we were growing up. I hoped that these would be similar to how she used to make them. The meat only marinated for 30 minutes and was long enough to be able to taste the marinade, but I wish I would have let it sit longer. I let everyone add their own garlic salt and hot sauce to taste. It turned out fantastic."


Simple Venison Marinade

"Our neighbors gave us some lovely backstrap venison and we chose this recipe to marinate it in. The taste was perfect, no gamey or wild taste, with just a mildly flavored taste of garlic and sauces, which did not overwhelm the meat itself."

-Bonnie G 2

Szechuan Deer

"I made this using deer steak and it turned out excellent! Only used one onion and it provided plenty of flavor. The kids and the husband loved it!"


Sweet Soy Marinade for Venison

"I made this a few weeks ago and I have to tell you that it converted a few people who would have normally refused to eat venison."

-Cajun Kitchen

Venison Fajitas

"Since I have a freezer full of venison, thought I would give it a try. It was a huge hit with the whole family! You can add all kinds of yummy toppings to this."

-Aunt Paula

Grilled Venison Kabobs

"Awesome! I put these on skewers for ease of grilling and handling. My mother- and father-in-law—who are big hunters and very picky about how deer is cooked—raved and raved about this recipe!"


Juniper-Infused Venison Marinade

"The best marinade for game, and I have been searching for a long time. It doesn't overpower the meat, but it does modify the gamey flavor."

-Marietta Mary Lou

Sweet & Spicy Deer Marinade

"This is my go-to marinade for backstrap meat. What is great about it is that you can cook the marinade in a pan until the onions are cooked to have extra drizzle of sauce."

-Violet de Parme

Kalbi Venison

We have a winner here! Finally, a venison recipe that does not taste gamey at all. The husband is an avid hunter and always goes for the trophy bucks (the meat isn't the best). I was so glad to have found a recipe that makes it enjoyable to eat an 'older gentleman.'"


Pineapple-Marinated Venison

"I've used this recipe half a dozen times and it is amazing. The only thing I could possible add is to wrap the venison up in a pocket of foil before grilling so the juices don't escape. It also keeps this way and isn't too bad when reheated."