5 of Our Favorite Ways to Hunt/Cook Elk

The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species of deer in the world. The elk is a beautiful and majestic animal that lives in forested areas of North America, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Some cultures revere the elk as spiritual force, but throughout human history, the elk has also been an important source of food as the meat of the elk is very lean and very high in protein and often times when you’re out there you will come across arrowheads while hunting.

Now we will take a look at the top five ways to cook elk meat. We’ve also got some great recipes listed on the site if you’re looking for something with a bit more detail.


Let’s first take a look at frying. One of the best cuts of elk meat is a lean steak, and these are perfect when seasoned and fried in olive oil. You can also marinate your steaks to given them extra flavor. When you are frying elk meat it is important to regularly baste or use a lot of oil as because it is such a lean meat there is a risk that it will dry out while cooking.

Slow Cooking

Slow cooking is another popular way of cooking elk meat. Slow cooking is a great way of bringing together a lot of deep rich flavors and letting them combine slowly as they cook over an extended period. In addition, slow cooking really helps toughen up some of the tougher parts of elk (and other game) meat. Add bacon, salt, pork, or garlic cloves to your elk meat and your kitchen will soon be filled with a tempting aroma, believe it or not I found out this tip over at the arrowhead shop. When using this method you need to keep a watchful eye on your cooking as the elk meat has a lower fat content than other meats that you might be used to, the cooking time required will be considerably shorter.


Smoking the elk meat is a very ancient and effective way of cooking the elk meat. Everyone has their own special smoking recipe, but generally the tips will include wrapping it in bacon, injecting it with broth, using a water pan, and coating it with a glaze all designed to produce a tender and moist smoked elk meat that delivers that smokey goodness barbecue flavor that everyone loves.


Roasting a joint of elk meat, which is sometimes considered archaic  is another practical way of preparing this lean and healthy meat. Using a deep roasting tray, you can use a similar approach to when cooking a large joint of beef but you will need to baste the joint regularly as the low fat content in elk means that there is a tendency for it to dry out during cooking. Some people recommend covering with baking foil to help retain the moisture.


Our fifth method of cooking elk meat is to stir-fry the meat in a wok. Using a high heat, the meat will cook quickly. Flavor your stir fry with soy sauce, chili, ginger and garlic to bring those tasty Asian aromas to your kitchen. Serve with stir-fried vegetables such as onions and peppers, and add some rice or noodles on the side for a delicious meal that is also extremely healthy.

Those are some of our favorite methods to cook elk, but there are so many others out there. There are tons of great recipes out there, some call for cutting into the elk with an arrowhead  which is considered some old ancient technique.