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Bison Steak Recipe

Bison Steak Recipe Our pan-seared bison steak recipe yields flavorful, juicy, and tender strips. Ours sear in butter before finishing it in the oven. Deliciously pair the steak with garlic herb butter, and serve it with mashed cauliflower or roasted potatoes for a complete meal. 

Bison steak on a cutting board and sliced into pieces.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Bison Filets: I use 1- 1½ -inch thick bison New York strip steaks; adjust the cooking time for bison if using a larger cut.
  • Orange Juice: Use orange juice as a tenderizer; the acid helps to break down the meat making for juicer steaks.
  • Salt + Pepper

HOW TO MAKE OUR BISON STEAK RECIPE 

Bison steak in a dish with orange juice, salt, and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350° F (176° C). Combine orange juice, salt, and pepper; coat the fillets.

Steak cooking in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop.

Warm oil in a cast-iron skillet over high heat.

Steak cooking in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop.

Add the filets and cook them for 2 minutes per side.

Steak cooking in a cast-iron skillet in the oven.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on thickness of the cut). Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

COOKING TIPS

  • Let the steaks come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before searing; this allows for better browning and more even cooking.
  • Because bison is lean and lacks fat marbling, we sear the steak in the skillet to lock the moisture in and finish the steak in the oven. When searing, carefully place the steak on the side nearest to use and lower it slowly to prevent hot oil from splashing.
  • Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the steak. Overcooked bison will become tough- no one wants that!

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SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – Store the leftovers in an airtight container; it will keep for 3-4 days.
  • FREEZER – Allow the steaks to cool, and wrap them with plastic to prevent freezer burn. Store the wrapped steaks in a freezer-safe container or bag. Bison steak will freeze for 6 to 9 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost it in the fridge overnight.
  • REHEAT – Warm leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Is bison healthy?

Bison is low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein. You can find strips, ribeye, and ground bison. 

Where can I buy bison steak?

Depending on where you live, bison steak might be more readily available. While living in Colorado, I could find it in every grocery store. Now that we live in North Carolina- they are harder to find, but it’s still possible. You can always ask someone to direct you at the grocery store or visit a local butcher.

What temperature should bison be cooked to?

• Medium-Rare: 135° F (57° C)
• Medium: 140-145° F (60-62° C)
• Medium-Well: 145-150° F (60-65° C)

Does bison take less time to cook?

Because bison has less fat than beef, they require less cooking time because they are easy to overcook.

Can I grill the bison steak?

1. Prepare the grill and preheat it to 400° F (204° C).
2. Combine orange juice, salt, and pepper; coat the fillets.
3. Add the bison to the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
4. Transfer the filet to a cutting board and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

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Bison Steak Recipe

Tressa Jamil
Our pan-seared bison steak recipe yields flavorful, juicy, and tender strips. Ours sear in butter before finishing it in the oven.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 People
Calories 323 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bison filets, 1-1½ -inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice, no pulp
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • 2 teaspoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (176° C). Combine orange juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl; coat the fillets.
  • Warm butter in a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the filets and cook them for 2 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on thickness of the cut). Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Remove the filets from heat and set them onto a cutting board; allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Notes

Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 SteakCalories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 35gFat: 20gSodium: 679mg
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