Easy Elk Backstrap Recipe

How to Cook Elk Backstrap

Smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder and a little salt is all you need to kick up the flavor when you cook your elk backstrap.


  • 3 or 4 – 4″ inch cut elk backstrap (venison can be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and rub on all sides of elk backstrap. Let marinade for an hour or two.
  2. Be sure that your backstrap is room temperature before cooking.
  3. Melt butter in a cast iron skillet over high heat.
  4. Add backstrap to the HOT skillet and brown on all sides until you get a rich dark coloring.
  5. Remove from skillet and let rest uncovered for 10 minutes.

We served this with a fresh golden and red beet quinoa salad.

Easy Elk Backstrap Recipe

Easy Elk Backstrap Recipe


  • Reply November 4, 2019


    Excellent recipe! The rub was superb- I plan to use it on venison in the future. Our elk was butterflied. We cooked 2 min per side and let it rest for 10 minutes covered. Perfect. Served it with roasted broccoli (with a little paprika and garlic), mushrooms with some cumin, onions and salt, and baked sweet potatoes. Thank you!

  • Reply November 28, 2015

    Brittani Soennichsen

    Making this tonight tonight! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply November 28, 2015


      Brittani – let me know how it turns out or if you have any questions… Shoot me an email! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply February 14, 2015


    I’ll be making this tomorrow night…. I can’t wait!

    • Reply February 15, 2015


      Karissa – let me know how your backstrap turned out… sounds like a great idea for dinner!

  • Reply January 28, 2015


    Made this last night it was easy and delicious thank you! Will be trying some of your other recipes too!

    • Reply January 29, 2015


      Thanks Desarae for the feedback… and I really like your website and all of your hunting adventures. Seems we have a lot in common!

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