Pan Fried Elk Tenderloin Recipe

My dad went elk hunting and brought me a few cuts of elk meet. Elk meat is very lean, and contains little to no fat. When you cook elk tenderloin steaks, be careful not to overcook the meat because it will become tough. Medium rare is the desired done-ness I prefer, and achieving that is easy when you pan fry it in olive oil.

Elk tenderloin ready to slice.

Slice Elk Tenderloin into 3/4 inch medallions.

Put the elk tenderloins into the butter/olive oil mixture.

Tenderloins have cooked 2 minutes per side on a medium-hot, well heated, pan.

A pot of green beans and onions makes a great side!

How to Cook Elk Tenderloin - Pan Fried Elk Tenderloin


1. 1 Elk Tenderloin
2. 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
3. 3 Tablespoons of Butter (You can use a little more if you like)
4. 4 Cloves of Diced Garlic
5. Salt and Pepper


1. Cut the elk tenderloin into 3/4 inch thick steaks and salt and pepper each side
2. Heat up the Olive oil and butter over medium-high heat
3. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds
4. Cook the elk tenderloin steaks for about 2 minutes per side. The outside will brown, but do not overcook the tenderloin steaks because they will be tough. Done! The idea here is to cook hot and fast.
5. Let them rest with a foil tent over them.

A good pot of green beans and sautéed onions will compliment the steaks well!