Grilled Venison with Horseradish Cream Sauce

This grilled venison loin with horseradish cream sauce is first marinated in herbs and olive oil and then grilled to tender perfection. An easy and elegant entrée that’s perfect for entertaining.

A wooden cutting board topped with sliced loin of grilled venison with horseradish cream sauce on the side.

This technique for grilled venison loin couldn’t be simpler. Or more straightforward. Here, the loin—easily the most tender cut of easy-to-overcook venison—is cooked rare to medium-rare over a grill and accompanied by tart crème fraîche or sour cream to tone down the meat’s richness of the venison.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Grilled Venison Loin with Horseradish Cream Sauce

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4


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Grill the venison loin

Season the venison with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the herbs with the oil and spread all over the meat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.

Make a hot fire in a charcoal grill or set a gas grill on high heat.

Grill the meat, without moving it, until nicely browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Then rotate the venison 90° and leave it for just a minute to make grill marks.

Flip the venison and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more, again rotating the venison if grill marks are desired. You want to aim for a good, deeply charred outside but a nice and rare or medium-rare inside. Transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for at least 10 minutes while you make the sauce.

Make the horseradish cream sauce

Mix the crème fraîche, horseradish, chives, lemon juice, and zest together in a small bowl and season with salt.

Serve the grilled venison loin

Thinly slice the loin against the grain, pile it onto plates or a platter, and serve with the horseradish cream sauce. Originally published January 28, 2013.

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    Recipe Testers Reviews

    I’ve never been much of a fan of venison, but this recipe won me over. I appreciate the pure taste of venison and the cooking technique; the meat was so mild that I really wanted seconds—okay, thirds.

    With or without the horseradish cream, this can be served to family or guests to rave reviews.

    We eat a lot of venison so I’m always looking for a good recipe. This one was easy and tasty. The timing was perfect, as the venison was just past rare (if you overcook venison it quickly becomes tough).

    After marinating for 6 hours, the flavor of the rub was still very mild, so next time I’ll let it sit overnight to have a little more flavor from the herbs.

    The sauce was lovely and not overpowering—a nice complement to the meat. So many venison marinades use Worcestershire, garlic, or bacon, so this was a nice change.

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