Q: How do I cook a simple fillet of venison without all the fancy stuff?

A: Venison is a rich and flavourful and very low fat, but must be served rare, otherwise it becomes tough and dry. South African venison is generally meat from impala, kudu, eland, gemsbok, Fillet of venisonspringbok, blesbok and wildhog. Venison fillet has a lot more flavor than beef fillet, and therefore at Wickedfood Cooking School we like to keep it as simple as possible. As an alternative, marinade the fillets in a mixture of approximately 1T coriander seeds, 1T black peppercorn, both crushed , with 2T olive oil and 2T brandy, for approximately three hours or overnight, then follow the recipe below, leaving out the brandy.

4 x 200g – 300g venison fillets
olive oil

salt and pepper
1/4 cup brandy
1/2 cup cream

  1. Trim the fillets of any excess sinew.
  2. Rub the fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat for a heavy-based pan and once searingly  hot, fry and the fillets for approximately 3- 5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, taking care not to over cook.  Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  4. Add the brandy to the pan and flame to burn off the alcohol.  Remove from heat and stir in the cream, then  the meat, together with any juices, and serve immediately.

Serves 4

For more on venison see the Wickedfood Cooking School entry Venison from May last year which has a variety of delicious venison recipes.

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