Reverse-Seared Venison Steak

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For the steaks

  • 4 venison steaks (cut into T-bone steaks)
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4 tablespoons mixed herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
For the vegetables

  • 4 Belgian endives (lettuce )
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped


The T-bone steak is cut from the backstrap and includes a smaller piece of tenderloin. The two are separated by a T-shaped bone (a vertebra cut in half vertically) that gives the steak its name. A T‑bone steak lets you serve two cuts at the same time – on one side of the bone, the classic, tender venison backstrap, and on the other side, the smaller and more flavorful tenderloin.

To reverse-sear venison, you pre-cook the raw steak indirectly, at the lowest possible temperature, then finish it by searing.
Mix the herbs with a little olive oil and spread it well on the steaks.

Preheat your grill to 100 °C (210 °F) for pre-cooking. With a charcoal grill, stack the charcoal or grill briquettes so that a zone of indirect heat is available. Now place the steaks on the grill grate, put a drip pan underneath and garnish each steak with a sprig of rosemary. A grill thermometer helps you monitor the temperature. For venison steak cooked medium, we recommend a target core temperature of about 50 °C (120 °F). When this temperature is reached, sear the steak for about 1-2 minutes on both sides, at the highest possible heat (at least 250 °C, or 480 °F) to create delicious roasted aromas. Season the steaks with salt and pepper only.

Cut the endives in half lengthwise and grill both sides. Set aside and let cool briefly. Mix the olive oil with the balsamic vinegar, add 1 tablespoon of honey and season with salt and pepper. Mix the endives with the dressing and sprinkle with the finely chopped rosemary.

Serve and enjoy!

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Ilka Dorn​

Ilka Dorn lives with her family on an old farm on the Lower Rhine area and has been the owner of an advertising agency for more than 20 years. In her free time, the mother of two sons loves to cook for her family, friends, and guests, with a particular fondness for preparing the venison of game hunted in her local hunting grounds. She discovered her passion for hunting more than 30 years ago. Her knowledge of wild herbs, mushrooms, and all the other treasures of nature was taught by her grandmother and her mother at an early age.

For Ilka Dorn, hunting is both a privilege and a craft, which she carries out with great respect for nature and for the game. For her, hunting today represents the fairest and most justifiable way to obtain meat as food. When she is out hunting she relies on high-quality optics from Leica – whether hunting by day or night.

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