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Herb-Crusted Venison Filets with Horseradish Sauce

Recipe by Broken Arrow Ranch

Tender cuts of venison are best prepared simply and cooked quickly. Keep the final doneness to rare or medium-rare to prevent drying out this very lean meat. This recipe is like a good pair of cowboy boots—easy everyday fare and, with a little polish, it’s great for more elegant events.


  • Yield: Serves 6-8
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  • 3-5 pounds Broken Arrow Ranch Boneless Leg Filets or Boneless Loin (Axis, South Texas Antelope or Elk)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt, Kosher, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons cracked black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Step 1: Rub filets with olive oil. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt over filets. Rub filets with mustard. Mix pepper, rosemary and thyme then season meat with the herb mixture.

Step 2: Heat oven to 425°F or prepare a medium-hot grill. Roast/grill venison filets to rare or medium-rare. For rare pull meat when internal temperature is 115°-120°F, about 15-20 minutes total cooking time. For medium-rare pull meat when internal temperature is 120°-125°F, about 20-25 minutes total cooking time. Slice filets across the grain into 1/4 inch medallions and serve with the horseradish sauce.

Step 3: Sauce: Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, horseradish, and mustard to create the sauce. Chill until ready to serve.