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Ancho Chile Rubbed Venison Steaks with Lime-Cilantro Butter

Rated as 4.44 out of 5 Stars

"This was originally for T-bone steaks but it works just as nicely with deer. The rub helps minimize the 'gamey' taste and the butter just makes them delicious."
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25 m servings 490
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Whip together the butter, lime juice, and cilantro in a small bowl until well combined. Transfer the butter mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap, gently wrap and form the butter into a log. Freeze until ready to use.
  2. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat.
  3. Mix together the steak seasoning and ancho chile powder in a small bowl. Rub the seasoning blend onto both sides of the venison steaks.
  4. Grill the steaks to preferred doneness, 5 to 8 minutes per side for medium. Top each steak with a slice of the lemon-cilantro butter to serve.


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  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 490 calories; 28.8 2.9 52.8 254 1657 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Absolutely melt in your mouth delicious! I added a little garlic powder to the cilantro butter and it was perfect!

Most helpful critical review

Used it on some beef filet's...not too impressed.

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Absolutely melt in your mouth delicious! I added a little garlic powder to the cilantro butter and it was perfect!

Made this tonight with venison round steaks. Yummy, but spicy! Honestly, this recipe is one of the best I've tried for that particular cut of meat. It covered the gamey taste, for sure. I cou...

Hands down, this made the best venison dish I have ever had. The lime-cilantro butter was amazing and the chili rub gave it just the right amount of heat. I added a little fresh chopped garlic t...

I used beef steaks, but I am always searching for new ways to make it as it is a highly requested meal in my home. I loved the ancho chili powder idea. It is one of my favorite spices. All th...

Loved the simplicity and flavor of this recipe. The "steak seasoning" that I used contained WAY too much salt for my taste, so next time I will be more careful to choose a seasoning with less s...

Delicious!! I used spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning and with the Ancho chili it worked out excellent. The recipe makes a tonnnn of butter, that is very strong lime/cilantro flavored. Tastes gre...

very good as stated in recipe. it makes alot of butter so you will have it ready for the next few times you make the staeks.

real good. not alot of fuss, easy to prepare. the ancho, and the butter mix put this baby over the top. works with beef steak as well as deer. be sure to use ancho chile powder, you cant use to ...

The whole family really enjoyed these steaks