Now Reading
Venison Tenderloin with Fresh Sage Pesto

Venison Tenderloin with Fresh Sage Pesto

Rare venison tenderloin rests on a wooden cutting board. It is smothered in sage pesto.

A delicious way to enjoy both a tenderloin and fresh, fragrant herbs

Nothing seals the deal on a successful hunt quite like a meal shared from the day’s harvest. The tenderloin is a prized cut of meat; it’s juicy, delicate, and mild in flavor. The sage pesto complements this cut of meat beautifully. This recipe and procedure work for both venison tenderloin and backstrap.

Rare venison tenderloin rests on a wooden cutting board. It is smothered in sage pesto.

Venison Tenderloin with Sage Pesto

Fresh sage pesto brings out the mild flavor and tender cut of venison tenderloin.
No ratings yet
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 410 kcal


  • Cast iron skillet
  • Food processor


  • 1 venison tenderloin cut into 3-4 oz medallions
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • Bacon fat or whole butter

Sage Pesto

  • cup sage leaves
  • ¾ cup parmesan grated
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup light salad oil sunflower, cottonseed, etc
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  • Add sage leaves and parmesan to food processor.
  • Slowly add other ingredients, saving oil for last.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Tenderloin Directions

  • Cut tenderloin into medallions. Set aside.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let medallions sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Heat bacon fat in cast iron on medium to high heat.
  • Cook each medallion for 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat, allowing them time to rest (5 minutes or so).
  • Top with pesto and serve.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 37gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 661mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 312IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 526mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Deer
Tried this recipe?Mention @hunttoeat on Instagram in your photos!
View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating

©2015-2022 Hunt to Eat, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the express permission of Hunt to Eat is strictly prohibited.

Scroll To Top