About Nutritional Elk Meat Plus Recipe

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Good News elk hunters: Your harvest is a healthy addition to your dinner table. Due to its impressive nutritional content, elk meat is an excellent healthful alternative to other red meats.

The details: Elk has 112 calories, 22.4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fat, according to a report on the Wyoming Extension website. Compare this to grain-fed beef, which has 136 calories, 21.7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat per serving. See the table from the Wyoming Extension below for more details into wild game meat:

calories table elk

Elk is also an excellent source of vitamin B-12, riboflavin, zinc and more.

elk macIn addition, it’s incredibly tasty!

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To prepare a delicious meal filled with nutrients using elk meat, follow our cooking tips below:

Because of its low fat content, elk can become dry very rapidly if overcooked. When preparing the meat over the grill or on the stove, consider using a marinade first and always cook the elk quickly to keep it moist.

  • Cook elk to an internal temperature of no more than 140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to MontanaElk.com.

  • The loin and tenderloins make for the best steaks, according to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. In a cast-iron pan with olive oil and seasonings, fry these steaks – seven to eight minutes per side – over high heat.

  • The front shoulder, along with the neck, rib and shank, is used for ground elk, according to the RMEF. This meat makes for great elk burgers and meatloaf.

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    8.5-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker 
    To cook your elk roasts, let them cook on low in a crock pot or slow-cooker for 10 to 12 hours. Check out RMEF's elk recipe: Slow-Cooked Garlic & Herb-Studded Elk Roast.

  • After cooking, let the meat rest for 15 minutes before serving.

  • Elk meat stored in the freezer lasts from eight to 12 months. Do not consume elk or any meat that has spoiled.

What are your favorite ways to prepare elk meat? Send us your recipe at community@basspro.com, and it may appear in the Game Recipes category.

Happy elk hunting from Bass Pro Shops!