This air fryer deer tenderloin recipe is absolutely amazing. I was so surprised at how well the venison turned out in my Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart. It’s hard to believe that something that tastes this good was cooked without oil, but it’s true.
The tenderloin taste like it was deep-fried. I used a whole tenderloin filet but feel free to cut into chunks and make some deer tenderloin nuggets. I haven’t tried air frying small pieces of deer tenderloin steak, but I’m sure it’d probably taste the same.
How to make air fryer deer tenderloin or steaks
The key to getting the tenderloin perfect is to pound it really thin. Not paper thin, but enough to where it’ll cook in minutes without drying out the breading or meat. I used panko breadcrumbs for the batter but you can also use crushed saltines.
What to serve with fried deer tenderloins
It really depends on how much cooking you want to do. If it’s a hurry-up dinner on a Friday night, I might eat the tenderloin on a hamburger bun with homemade steak fries or potato wedges.
If it’s a full blown Sunday meal, then we’re making homemade gravy to make a hot deer tenderloin sandwich with homemade smashed fingerlings and corn on the cob. You can’t go wrong either way.
1 lb deer tenderloin or 4 deer tenderloin filets You may need to only cook for 4 minutes on each side if you got the tenderloin pounded really flat. If the breading looks dry use more cooking spray.
1/2 cup flour
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup water or milk
oil for frying
salt and pepper
1 lb deer tenderloin or 4 deer tenderloin filets
You may need to only cook for 4 minutes on each side if you got the tenderloin pounded really flat. If the breading looks dry use more cooking spray.