GRILLING REINDEER STEAKS
- Rub each reindeer steaks with a mixture of 1/4 tsp. each of black pepper and thyme. This combination will add flavor without overpowering the natural taste of the meat. Season the meat up to 24 hours before grilling and store it in a plastic food bag in your refrigerator until 30 minutes before you plan to start grilling.
- Spray your clean grill rack with vegetable oil spray to keep the steaks from sticking during grilling. Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Arrange the reindeer steaks on your grill directly over hot coals or a gas grill burner, using tongs when transferring the steaks to avoid piercing the meat.
- Grill the steaks about 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until a meat thermometer indicates the meat has reached a temperature of 130 to 140 degrees F. Keep your reindeer steak from becoming dry by never cooking it beyond a medium level of doneness.
Pan-Frying Reindeer Steaks
- Sprinkle the steaks with 1/4 tsp. of black pepper and baste both sides of each reindeer steak with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of olive oil.
- Heat a dry, heavy skillet, such as a cast-iron or stainless skillet, over medium-high heat on your stove top for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the steaks with tongs and brown them on both sides for about 3 minutes per side.
- Reduce the burner heat to medium and continue pan-frying the steaks for another 4 to 6 minutes per side, until a meat thermometer indicates the meat has reached 130 to 140 degrees F, or medium-rare to medium doneness. Keep your reindeer steak from becoming dry by never cooking it beyond a medium level of doneness.
- Black pepper
- Thyme, dried
- Plastic food bag
- Vegetable oil spray
- Meat thermometer
- Olive oil