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Top 5 Mouthwatering Elk Heart Recipes You Should Try Today!

Truth be told - Elk's heart is the favorite organ meat for most of us. The fact that elk heart meat is extremely lean and healthy clearly explains its high consumption rates across all the states.

The heart has lower fat content compared to pork, beef and chicken and even seafood. What’s more, it’s packed with loads of essential nutrients (like iron). This is because, unlike the traditionally raised livestock, the majority of elk diet is of native grass, trees and shrubs (and not rich grains).

And oh! Keep in mind that the meat is a delicious alternative to all the other meats.

But how exactly do you cook it? How do you prepare an elk heart dish that leaves everyone licking their fingers?

Right below here, we’ll introduce you to top 5 easy to prepare recipes that you can use to make a tender, savory, mouthwatering elk heart dish.

Here we go:


1. Baked Elk Heart With Sage Dressing

Opening our list of the best elk heart recipes is the baked elk heart with sage dressing. The fact that this recipe can be served for four people has a total calorie count of 21 and ten calories from fat qualifies it to appear on this list. Above all, it’s a delicious recipe that your family or friends will love. In this recipe, however, you’ll need to soak your elk heart in cold water overnight to prepare it for cooking.

The fact that you’ll be seasoning your broth with garlic powdered, bay leaves and pepper makes the dish even tastier. When done, you ought to serve the dish while hot. Leftovers can make good sandwiches.

The baking process takes around one and a half to two hours.


  • Elk heart
  • 10 cups stale bread, diced
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 1 to 2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon margarine

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2. Elk Heart and Marinade

Here’s another recipe you can follow to end up with a tastier, marinated elk heart. To make that happen, you should start by preparing your heart. That is, you remove all the exterior fat, the silver skin, and the internal vascular structure. This will leave you with around 1 pound of fresh, red muscle (the heart meat). You’ll also need to marinate your heart for about 2 hours after which it will be ready for cooking.

However, avoid overcooking your elk heart in this recipe as this can ruin your recipe. The dish will take you roughly 3 hours of preparation and cooking and is enough for up to 4 people.


  • One 2-pound elk or beef heart ( lamb heart may also be substituted)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch chili flakes
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Marrow Butter, recipe follows
  • Roasted Broccoli and Anchovy, recipe follows

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3. Elk Heart Stir-Fry

Elk heart meat works pretty well with the Chinese stir-fry given that it’s dense enough to slice into small, even pieces and cooks up quickly. In this recipe, you’re shredding the meat after you’ve trimmed and tenderized the elk heart. Most of the ingredients you’ll be using for this process are also easy to find.

Beware: don’t double this particular recipe. As you know, successful stir frying is as about using high heat and overloading your pan will kill that.

Using an air fryer for this recipe is highly recommended as the healthier oil-less frying option.


  • 1 pound elk heart
  • 2 tablespoons chili bean paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 green onions, sliced into thin discs5 small hot chiles, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar or malt vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

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4. Pickled Elk Heart Recipe

So you went for an elk hunting trip, and you were lucky to bag one. And now you've got the venison heart in your freezer wondering the easiest way to prepare it while still making it quite tasty? Well, this is the recipe you need to achieve that. Similar to all the others recipes on our list, the ingredients required for this one are readily accessible. The fact that this method takes the shortest time to prepare makes it the easiest. But remember you’ll have to leave your heart overnight to fully prepare it for cooking.


  • 1 Head of garlic
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 sliced heart (preboiled until tender)
  • 3 cups vinegar (apple cider)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of pickling spice
  • 1/3 cup salt (preferably canning/pickling salt)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon or teaspoon(depending on taste) Lowreys Seasoned Salt

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5. Grilled Elk Heart With Onions and Peppers

At position five, we’ll introduce you to the simplest way to grill your elk heart with peppers and onions. If all goes well when preparing this recipe, you’ll find yourself cooking it again and again due to its simplicity and tastiness! Now, the grilled heart will bear a smoky charred flavor on its outside. Not forgetting a tang from the marinade and a firm, solid texture.

A quick tip on your ions and peppers: be sure to cut them into large pieces to prevent them from falling through the grill grates. For the onions, ensure you keep the stem end attached. Cook the skin side of your peppers first (if you’ve got any parts that are darkening, the skin will peel right off). And since you want to achieve a significant blackening in your recipe, ensure your grill remains ragingly hot.

The preparation time will be around 30 minutes and a cook time of 15 minutes.


  • 1 or 2 deer hearts, or 1 elk, moose or beef heart
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 or 4 colored bell peppers, cut into 2 to 3 pieces each
  • 1 large onion, cut into large wedges

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Final Verdict

That’s all you need to start preparing tender, savor, and mouthwatering elk heart dishes for your family, visitors, etc. From the different elk heart recipes we have outlined above, it’s evident that there are different ways you can use to prepare elk heart. The recipes that made it on our list above are the most classic ways to prepare your elk heart. And as a reminder, elk heart is packed with essential nutrients that your body needs for a healthy functioning- particular iron. Meaning you’ll be adding plenty of proteins in your meal!

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Hey there, I’m Jennifer, a mother of two sons, and I really enjoy the outdoor world. I take advantage of my spare time to hunt deer with a bow. I founded BuckWithBow blog so that I can share my hunting experiences in the woods and thus help you discover a couple of tricks, tips and essential skills that will make you a successful bow hunter.

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