Venison Marinade for Steak Lovers

Venison Marinade for Steak Lovers at The Happy Housewife

Hunting season has ended for many and now there is a freezer full of meat to last throughout the winter, and hopefully throughout the year. If you have a few in your family that aren’t fans of the free range meat, this venison marinade is perfect. The “gamey” taste is gone and your diners probably will not know that they are even eating venison with this recipe.

Venison Marinade for Steak Lovers


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • ½ teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 lbs. venison steaks


  1. Mix ingredients together and pour over venison steaks.
  2. Marinate for at least 8 hours, preferably 10-12.
  3. Grill or broil venison to your liking.




  1. Thank you for the recipe. My husband got his first deer this year and I have NO CLUE what to do with it (besides chili 🙂 I will give this a shot tomorrow. No pun intended!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Tell your husband congrats! But I will warn you, once they get their first one they are addicted, lol!

  2. Our freezer is now stocked with venison thanks to my husband. He got his first deer this season so now I’m having to learn a few new tricks in the kitchen.

  3. I’m gonna pass this on to my venison loving friend. Thanks for sharing and linking to TMTT.

  4. OOhhh..can’t wait to try this! A co-worker of my husband’s gave us a deer this year, since we were unlucky.

  5. I was searching for a new venison marinade and this sounds delicious; I cannot wait to try it. I do have a question though, do you use fresh parsley and oregano?

    Thanks, Micchelle

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      It depends on if I have it, the measurements are for the dried herbs.

      • Thanks Toni,

        As it is summer and the garden is bursting with herbs, I used fresh ones and yummy! My grilled venison round steak was tender and delicious. I will definitely be using this recipe again and again and again…..

  6. Can you sub fresh onions for the onion flakes?

  7. Lindsey says:

    Hi. I love this recipe. I’m from louisiana,and yes, I do have an alligator in my backyard!!! His name is budroau!!!! I lovvvve him! <3

  8. Can I use this marinade for a venison roast or stew meat (given to me by neighbor) to get the yucky taste out and then put it in a slow cooker for 8-10 hours? Do I add additional spices and vegetables. I’m afraid of using a separate stew recipe and for there to be too many different flavors. what do you think?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I’m not sure. If I did, I might rinse off the beef before putting in the crock pot to keep there from being too many flavors.

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