When you fish and hunt in Minnesota, you will want some Minnesota wild game recipes to enjoy your catch to the limit!
Here are some recipes for fish, venison, grouse, wild turkey, duck and other "usual" Minnesota wild recipes.
We have also included some less common Minnesota wild game recipes.
These are all "tested and tried" and delicious!
They include Buffalo Meat Loaf, Deep Fried Snapping Turtle, Roasted Bear and our most memorable "eating adventure," Sugar Camp Muskrat.
Try one or try all of our Minnesota wild game recipes!
You will find many places across the state where there are "wild game feeds" and other events.
One freshly caught and cleaned
lake trout or four "brookies"
2 large potatoes
Salt & pepper
Dig up leeks; clean them as you would green onions
Dice leeks and potatoes
Place fish on foil; add leeks and potatoes
Add salt and pepper to taste
Put a few pats of butter on ingredients and seal in foil.
Bake at side of camp fire--near hot coals but not so near that the fish burns.
Will be done and ready to eat in about one hour.
Our favorite spot to enjoy Minnesota wild game and fish recipes is on a campout.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup salt
Directions: Put all ingredients in a large container; add enough water to completely cover fish and soak for at least 12 hours.
Soak about 3 pounds of hickory chunks in a bucket of water overnight.
Spray rack of smoker with cooking spray, if needed. Use enough coal to get hickory started (approx. 5 or 6 coals). Keep at least 3 chunks going at all times.
Cook/smoke 2 to 6 hours depending on size of fish/fillets. Place larger fish/fillets closer to heat source than the smaller ones. Turn belly of fish toward heat if not filleted. Meat will be firm to touch--not mushy.
Some pieces of apple wood or grape vines can be added to hickory.
Smoker temperature should be about 200 degrees F.
Note: The salt concentration will vary greatly depending on: 1: how many pounds of fish are being marinated; 2: the size of the bowl and the amount of water added to bowl. Every batch comes back tasting different. The more you prepare this, the better result you'll have.
This is great with mild cheese (cream cheese does very nicely) and vegetable crackers.
8 walleye fillets
4 oz butter
1/2 chopped onion
Fresh Morel mushrooms or a can of chopped mushrooms (8 oz. can)
1/2 lb. butter
Bread crumbs (enough to cover)
1 cup uncooked wild rice
6 oz. sliced almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the wild rice and drain. In 4 oz. of butter, saute onions until almost transparent. Add the cooked wild rice and mushrooms.
Season the walleye fillets with salt and pepper to your liking and roll them in bread crumbs. Place the walleye fillets in the oven and bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. Use the rest of the butter to saute the sliced almonds in a separate pan.
Serve the walleye fillets on top of the wild rice or with the rice on the side. Spoon the butter and almonds over the fillets. Garnish.
4 partridges, cleaned and ready for roasting
Slices of salt pork or bacon
2 tsp salt
2 cups wild rice or cornbread stuffing
4 to 6 thin slices salt pork
Preheat oven at 400 degrees F for about 10 min before roasting. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt on inside of each bird, then fill with stuffing. Fold wings and legs close to body.
Wrap 1 or 2 slices pork or bacon over breast and legs to form a compact parcel and tie with string. Put birds into an uncovered baking dish.
Bake, basting every 10 to 15 min with fat that collects in bottom of baking dish. Bake until tender, about 1 hr for young birds. Serves 4 to 6
A favorite Minnesota wild game recipe at our home.
1 (15-pound or so) wild turkey
Salt and pepper
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1-1/2 cups white wine
1 muslin cloth (about 16 inches square)
Wash and dry turkey. Brush with bacon fat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix onion, celery and one cup of white wine. Stuff bird with this mixture.
Place turkey in shallow pan. Dip muslin cloth in bacon fat and cover turkey with it. Roast in 300 degree oven 3 hours, basting often with drippings in pan and the remaining wine. If turkey varies in size from recipe, allow at least 20 to 25 minutes per pound roasting time.
Before serving, discard onion and celery stuffing.
Serves 8 to 10.
Wild turkeys have, once again, become a plentiful Minnesota wild game bird.
Pheasant is a mild tasting Minnesota wild game bird. Even if you think you don't like wild game, you will like this.
1 dressed pheasant, approx. 2 lbs, cleaned and ready for roasting
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tbsp butter or margarine
3/4 cup coarsely grated carrot
3/4 cup finely diced celery
2 tbsp chopped parsley
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Lightly saute onion in heated butter. Add the remaining vegetables and seasonings and toss to mix well.
Salt cavity and fill with vegetable stuffing. Truss.
Place pheasant, breast side up, on a trivet in a shallow roasting pan and roast uncovered in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.
Prepare gravy from drippings. 4 servings.
3 dressed ducks-halved
1 cup honey
3/4 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons dry mustard
Combine the honey, orange juice, and mustard together in a bowl, and dip each duck half into the mixture.
Place the duck halves on a broiling rack about eight to ten inches below the heat in the oven; let them broil for about one hour, or until they are tender.
Turn and baste the duck halves frequently with the remaining honey mixture while they are broiling. Lower the rack to prevent burning, if necessary.
Wild duck is a stronger-flavored Minnesota wild game bird. There are dozens of way to prepare it and you will find a recipe you like.
3 venison steaks or 1 small venison roast cut up
Wild garlic and wild onions (if you can get them);if not 2 cloves of garlic and 2 large onions
Wild morel mushrooms if possible, or purchase mushrooms (according to taste)
Approx. 1 cup flour for coating and thickening
Wild root potatoes, (or regular potatoes) 3 or 4 large
Handful of wild hazel nuts, wild chestnuts or wild hickory nuts
Salt and pepper to taste
Sunflower oil or vegetabe oil
Your favorite recipe for pie crust or 2 purchased crusts
Cut up venison into a bowl and sprinkle on enough flour to coat. In oiled (cast iron if you have one) fry pan put in meat, onions, garlic, potatoes, mushrooms. Add the nuts last.
Brown well; add a little water as needed to keep moist. Simmer on low heat while you prepare crust. Put bottom crust in large pie pan. Fill with meat and vegetable mixture. Place top crust on pie.
Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
1 venison roast about 1-2 lbs
2-3 cups of brown sugar
1-1 1/2 cups of heinz ketchup
Directions: Bake the venison roast for about 3 hours or until it is tender; shred the roast. Put roast in crock pot, add remainig ingredients, cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
Wonderful served with Indian Fry Bread!
In a family of Minnesota wild game hunters, the annual trek to the deer camp is more important than almost any other event of the year.
1 pound ground buffalo meat
1/5 cup milk
1 cup bread crumbs
Garlic & onion powder-to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a meatloaf pan with non-stick spray.
Mix all ingredients together. Put into pan & cook for 30 mins or bit longer (to your liking)
Buffalo is really no longer Minnesota wild game since it is farm raised. It was, however, a traditional meat source for our earliest residents.
Many of us, even committed carnivores, have a limited concept of what are "permitted" sources of protein. As a young person, living on Native American reservations, I was introduced to some delicious foods that will likely never make it into mainstream diets in the U.S.
The Minnesota wild game recipes that follow are for some rather unusual meat dishes that I have enjoyed...some more than others.
There are several recipes for fried and roasted muskrat. My "taste of muskrat" was while camping in the woods in early spring during maple sugaring. Not likely to ever be my favorite Minnesota wild game recipe.
1 tsp. salt
Soak skinned and cleaned muskrat overnight in salted water (1 tbsp. salt to 1 qt. water). Drain and put on a spit over open campfire.(near, but not touching flame) Roast for about 1 hour, turning frequently.
2 lbs. turtle meat, cut into 2-4 inch pieces
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. milk
2 eggs, separated
2 tsp. olive or vegetable oil
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine turtle, vinegar, and 1 tsp. salt. Cover with water; simmer 1 hour or until tender. Drain and set aside.
Combine flour, milk, egg yolks, olive oil, and 1/8 tsp. salt; mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into batter. Dip turtle pieces into batter; fry until golden brown in deep oil heated to 375 degrees F. Drain well on paper towels.
Yield: 4-6 servings. (yes, it tastes like chicken!)
Because of the mild flavor, turtle recipes are easy-to-like Minnesota wild game recipes.
4 lb. bear roast
1 1/4 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 1/2 tbsp. instant minced onion
1 cup beef bouillon
Rub all sides of bear roast with the first four ingredients. Place seasoned meat in crock pot, sprinkle with onion and pour bouillon over all. Cook on high setting for 1 1/2 to 2 hours per pound until 180 degrees F. (check internal temp. of thickest part of roast with meat thermometer). Vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and celery may be added and cooked the same amount of time as the meat.
For gravy: remove meat from pot; stir flour in small amount of water and add to meat juices. Serves 6.
There are bear hunters in our family and bear meat is often on the menu at their homes. It is another Minnesota wild game recipe that has a distinctive "wild taste" and not one many will prefer.
If you like the recipes on this page, you will love the Honest Food Website:Honest Food Here is a bit about the webmaster of Honest Food - "My name is Hank Shaw. I write. I fish. I dig earth, forage, raise plants, live for food and kill wild animals. I drink Balvenie, Barolo or Budweiser with equal relish and sometimes wish I owned a large swath of land I could play on. I spend my days thinking about new ways to cook and eat anything that walks, flies, swims, crawls, skitters, jumps – or grows. I am the omnivore who has solved his dilemma. This is my story."
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