How to Cook Venison Medallions

by Leigh Good

Venison medallions on a white plate surrounded by roasted vegetables.

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A venison medallion is a cut of meat that comes from the backstrap area of a deer. The meat that comes from a deer's back is some of the most tender meat you'll find on the animal. Venison medallions are about 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick. Medallions cook quickly on the stove in a hot frying pan. Well-prepared venison will have a meaty taste without too much gamey flavor.

Marinate raw venison medallions in your favorite marinade, which can range from a combination of buttermilk and red wine to a marinade made with olive oil, herbs and orange zest. Place the medallions in a glass dish covered with the marinade and allow the meat to sit for one hour at room temperature.

Heat a saute pan over medium heat and add some olive oil to the pan to prevent sticking.

Remove the medallions from the marinade and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Place venison medallions in the hot pan and allow them to cook on the first side, undisturbed, for two or three minutes.

Use tongs or a spatula to flip the medallions to the other side. Continue cooking the venison for another two to three minutes.

Use a meat thermometer to check when the medallions are done. Remove the meat from the pan when the internal temperature reaches 120 degrees F, if you want your medallions medium rare.

Place the cooked medallions on a warm plate and tent the plate with aluminum foil. Let the meat rest like this for 10 minutes before serving.


  • Don't crowd the pan. Make sure there is enough room for all of the medallions to touch the skillet without overlapping.

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About the Author

Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.