Fried venison haunch

Fried venison haunch

This fried venison haunch is served with an apple and cucumber salad and smoky paprika mayonnaise, making it a great lunch dish or add some more sides and have it for dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Chill time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 21 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Venison
Servings 4 people


  • 12 50g Venison haunch steak pieces
  • 200 ml Buttermilk
  • 3 g Salt

For the flour coating

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Celery salt
  • 1 tsp Chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 200 g Plain flour

For the salad

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 50 ml White balsamic vinegar
  • 25 ml Olive oil

For the smoked paprika mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 g Salt
  • 25 g Pasturised egg yolks
  • 10 ml Water
  • 20 ml White wine vinegar
  • 200 ml Vegetable oil


  • Rub the steak pieces in salt. Put them in a bowl, pour in the buttermilk, cover with clingfilm and allow to chill overnight.
  • For the salad, dice the cucumber and apple into pieces of a similar size. Dress with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt. We recommend doing this in advance, so the vinegar has time to wilt the salad a little.
  • Mix the mustard, salt, yolk, paprika, water and vinegar with a whisk in a round-bottomed bowl. Pour in the oil slowly, whisking vigorously until the mayonnaise thickens. Do not be tempted to add the oil too quickly or the mixture will split.
  • When your garnish is ready, preheat the fryer to 170°C.
  • Prepare the flour coating by mixing all the dry ingredients. Pick the steak pieces out of the buttermilk and dip them in the flour on a shallow plate. 
  • Allow each piece to sit in the flour for a minute so that it soaks in and sticks to the buttermilk that is left on the meat.
  • Carefully place the pieces in the deep fat fryer and allow to fry for 4-5 minutes.
  • When they are ready, remove the steak pieces from the fryer and place on a piece of paper towel to drain off excess oil before serving.
  • Enjoy!