Fish and Venison Recipes for You and Your Valentine

These fish and venison recipes are perfect for a night in with you and your sweetheart

Fish and Venison Recipes for You and Your Valentine
Enjoy a glass of full-bodied white wine with this elegant salmon steaks recipe. (Photo courtesy of Doug Stange)

Don't be a stupid cupid this Valentine's Day and spend hundreds of dollars on dinner out. It's much more rewarding and intimate to cook up a fancy feast in the comfort of your own home. We've compiled a list of tasty dinners that will swoon your significant other this winter. Whether you're feeling a hearty venison dish like this Blue Cheese-Herb Stuffed Elk Venison Tenderloin Recipe, or a seafood staple such as this Steamed Salmon Steaks with Chardonnay Butter Sauce Recipe, you can't go wrong.


Steamed Salmon Steaks with Chardonnay Butter Sauce Recipe

This salmon steak recipe can either be baked or steamed and is best served with a vegetable side, such as asparagus or broccoli.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • Sprigs tarragon, parsley or dill
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 4 (5-ounce) salmon steaks
  • 1 cup Chardonnay wine
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ½-inch vanilla bean (at most)
  • Salt and white pepper
  • 8 ounces butter

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Juniper, Balsamic and Wine Venison Steaks Recipe

Juniper, Balsamic and Wine Venison Steaks Recipe
For tender venison steaks, age them and then marinate the meat in this juniper, balsamic and wine marinade recipe. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Use this aromatic and fruity marinade recipe to flavor and tenderize venison steaks from older deer.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 pound of 1-inch-thick venison steaks
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 small or 1 large shallot, minced
  • 20 juniper berries, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dry, fruity red wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

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Walleye over Tomato-Olive Angel Hair Pasta

Walleye over Tomato-Olive Angel Hair Pasta
This walleye is served over angel hair pasta with cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olives. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

This walleye pasta recipe is easy to make and a great way to use up leftover tomatoes.

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2-4 walleye fillets, skinless and boneless
  • 2 servings dry angel hair pasta
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • 4 anchovies packed in oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 ½ ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Dry herbs: oregano, basil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Halved, pitted Kalamata olives, to taste
  • Juice of a quarter of a lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Blue Cheese-Herb Stuffed Elk Venison Tenderloin Recipe

Blue Cheese-Herb Stuffed Elk Venison Tenderloin Recipe
Serve this Blue Cheese-Herb Stuffed Elk Venison Tenderloin Recipe with a side of sautéd mushrooms. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Filled with blue cheese and herbs such as shallot, garlic, chives and rosemary, this stuffed elk venison tenderloin recipe will make your house smell wonderful.

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 pound elk tenderloin or venison loin
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

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Crappie With French Herb Butter Recipe

Crappie With French Herb Butter Recipe
This recipe is best paired with a sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, dry Riesling or chardonnay. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Simple and quick to make – this Crappie With French Herb Butter Recipe is an easy way to get dinner on the table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 8 boneless crappie fillets
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • Juice of one lemon

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Braised Venison Shanks With Garlic Recipe

Braised Venison Shanks With Garlic Recipe
Serve this Braised Venison Shanks With Garlic Recipe with a side of mashed potatoes or polenta. (Holly A. Heyser photo)

Braising the venison shanks for over two hours ensures that the meat is flavorful and tender.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 venison shanks
  • 4 heads of garlic, peeled
  • Salt
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

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Atlantic Smoked Salmon with Scallion Potato Rosti Recipe

Atlantic Smoked Salmon with Scallion Potato Rosti Recipe
The scallion potato rosti is the perfect complement for this entrée. (Robert Olinger photo)

No need to go out and spend money at an expensive seafood restaurant when you can make a 5-star smoked salmon in the comfort of your own home!

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces of high quality fresh smoked salmon, sliced thinly (or make your own!)
  • ½ cup crème fraiche
  • 4 sprigs of fresh dill
  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 scallions (green onions), chopped
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sea salt and crushed black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Get the Recipe: Atlantic Smoked Salmon with Scallion Potato Rosti Recipe


Venison Steak Diane Recipe

Venison Steak Diane Recipe
The sauce poured over the venison brings together all of the ingredients to create a unique flavor for an awesome dish. (Tiphani St. Romain photo)

This Venison Steak Diane Recipe utilizes the pan juices to create a thick and flavorful sauce.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound venison backstrap (can substitute boned lamb loin or beef filet mignon)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ½ cup beef stock or demi glaze
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Minced herbs for garnish (basil, parsley, chives, etc.)

Get the Recipe: Venison Steak Diane Recipe

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