Elk Stir Fry

I bet you’re asking yourself if you read that right….Elk?  Yep, it’s elk and I’ve been so excited to share this simple and nutritious meal with you because it’s darn delicious!

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I’m so lucky to be working with Nicholyn Farms  this  summer because I have the opportunity to discover and experiment with new foods that are healthy and nutritious.  Elk tastes much like beef except it is leaner and is somewhat sweet.  That’s the great thing about cooking with it – it’s natural flavors shine through and you don’t need to add a lot for great taste.

After chatting with the owner, Lynda, we thought that a stir-fry would be a good way to introduce this meat to first timers.  A perfect way to utilize all the beautiful fresh produce.  For those of you who eat elk regularly, I’d love to hear about your recipes because I’m looking forward to cooking this again.

Elk Stir Fry | Simply Fresh Dinners

There was a time when I wasn’t eating any red meat but I’ve found myself leaning more towards a paleo diet in the last year although I can’t ever see myself giving up cheese!  I don’t want to ever put myself into a ‘one category kind of eater’ because I think if you stick to fresh, whole foods you’re on the right course.

Just a few more facts from Livestrong.com:

“A 3.5-ounce serving of free range elk meat, or roughly 100 grams, is relatively low in both calories and fats. One serving contains about 148 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database. Of these, 26 come from fat, which comprises about 3 grams — about 6 percent of your daily fat allowance; only about 1 gram is saturated. This an insignificant amount of fat, and far less than the same-size serving of beef, which has 8.2 grams of fat, 3 of which are saturated.  Elk meat is considered a valuable source of protein.”

Elk Stir Fry | Simply Fresh Dinners

Like any stir-fry, you can use your favorite veggies so don’t feel that you need to use all that I’ve included here.  I loved the addition of fresh Spring kale to this one.  Just look at all those wonderful nutrients ready to go into your body!

You’ll want to be sure to cut your meat on the grain to ensure it stays super tender when you cook it.  Click here for quick tutorial from Serious Eats to help you with that.

I’ve added turmeric, red pepper flakes, garlic and curry to give this lots of flavor so there is no need for soy sauce.  Just let the spices dance on this fresh produce and give you a taste explosion in your mouth.  I’d love to hear if you try this.  It’s great to go outside of the box and discover new surprises.  Cheers!

Elk Stir Fry | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’m sharing this recipe with these fun bloggers.


Elk Stir Fry
Author: Robyn
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Cook time:
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 lb. Elk Sirloin Tip Steak, sliced into stir fry strips
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 3 sliced celery stalks
  • one-half each, sliced red, yellow, and green peppers
  • 2 cups broccoli chunks
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry
  • 1 cup kale, torn into small pieces, large middle vein removed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • one cup sliced button mushrooms
  1. Melt the coconut oil in the wok , add the elk strips, and stir fry for 3 minutes, then remove to a bowl.
  2. Add the next 10 ingredients and cook on high heat, stirring frequently for 5-7 minutes. Add kale, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, stirring often for 3 minutes.
  3. Add steak strips for 2 minutes and serve.
Calories: 250



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    Anita Rivera
    May 21, 2015 at 8:33 am

    This is sensational!!!!!!!! First of all, your raw photos are awesome! The colors are so vivid and the meat judt glistens my friend. Wonderful !

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      May 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Anita, I had a lot of fun shooting this dish. And the elk! Fabulous 🙂
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    May 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Hi Robyn, Your photography and styling is always so beautiful! I’ve never had elk, it’s sounds like a really healthy alternative to beef. I don’t think I could follow a paleo diet either, too restrictive. I agree with you that using fresh ingredients is the best bet.

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      May 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Thanks so much, Mary. I was delighted with the taste and how easy it is to cook. I’m off to visit your blog and see what you’ve been up to!
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        May 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

        The hubby will definitely like this one.
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          May 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm

          I’m sure you can get elk in your area quite easily too, Mindy. Thanks for stopping by, friend!

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    GiGi Eats
    May 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    SIGN ME UPPPPPP!!!!!!!!! ELK is the BOMB and I loveeeeeeeee it! Ugh, makes me miss FRESH ELK in Wyoming! I eat ground elk, bison, ostrich, venison, goat, lamb, kangaroo, etc a VERY weird way though… LOL! I’ll stop there 😉
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    May 22, 2015 at 9:24 am

    LOL, you never fail to surprise me with you diet choices, GiGi. I haven’t had ostrich or kangaroo but have heard they are good. Maybe it’s a good thing you stopped when you did although I have to admit I’m very curious!
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    May 22, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I seriously love elk! I wish there was a place to buy it out here! I never thought to put it in a stir fry but this sounds really great!
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      May 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Hi Amber,
      I love it, too. It had never occurred to me to even try it, lol. I bet there are companies that offer it online. I found that the stir fry was the perfect way to try it for the first time. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂

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    Bam's Kitchen
    May 23, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Elk? Really? Now the only thing that would make me chuckle more is watching you hunt one. Okay, all kidding aside. No matter if you are using elk or beef your nice warming flavours of turmeric and red chili would pair nicely with the veggies in this stir fry. Beautiful photos as always!
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      May 23, 2015 at 7:22 am

      LOL, I am surprised by it too, Bobbi, but I’m so glad I tried it. It’s interesting because working with the farms has removed any fear I had of eating meat and I can’t wait to try more. It’s going to be an interesting summer!

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    May 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Sounds delicious and so healthy. I have never tasted Elk before – I live in Pa and we do not have any Elk near this are but we do have white tail deer which I grew up on. Thanks so much for sharing this unique recipe on Real Food Fridays and have a healthy happy blessed Memorial Day! Pinned & twitted.
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    May 31, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Oh yes, yes, YES! My sweet husband is a hunter and elk is our main source of meat….I absolutely LOVE elk and prefer it over beef 🙂 Fabulous recipe, my friend, one I will have to try out soon.

    You’re the best, dear Robyn! Happy hugs to you!

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