Grapefruit Marinated Elk Steak

I enjoy experimenting with a variety of seasonings and marinades for our wild game steaks instead of stocking up on mass produced marinades you can find at the grocery store.

Crafting your own marinade gives you flexibility to adjust the flavors accordingly to your palette. Not to mention, you can utilize some of the items that you might already have on the counter, in the pantry or in the fridge.

Citrus juice is a fantastic ingredient to use for marinading steaks. The acidic liquid doesn’t over power the meat, but instead adds subtle and fresh hints to each and every bite. I have marinaded wild game meat with orange juice for a elk-broccoli stir-fry as well as lemon juice for elk gyros.

Try this a tangy mixture of grapefruit juice, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, freshly ground peppercorns and olive oil for a flavorful grilled wild game dish.


  • Juice from 2-3 grapefruits, about 3/4 to 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground peppercorns


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Trim the meat and set in a shallow baking dish. Pour the marinade over the meat, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready, remove the meat from the marinade and grill.

For this dish, I used smaller medallion sized cuts of elk (3 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches thick), but you can use this marinade on larger cuts like tenderloins, steaks and roasts.

While cooking, I like to add some of the leftover marinade to each steak to continue to add a little more flavor as well as give each steak a nice shine.

I always let the meat sit for 5-10 minutes prior to slicing to ensure a juicy and perfect outcome.

Serve your sliced steaks with a fresh green salad and enjoy!


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